Security+ Certification

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What Does Security+ Certification Mean?

Security+ certification is an international, vendor-neutral professional certification provided by CompTIA for IT professionals who want to become certified in IT security.


The certification deals with various IT security topics such as cryptography and access control, as well as topics in the business-related IT subfields of risk management and disaster recovery. The certification can be achieved after a 100-question exam with a passing score of 750 out of 900.

Techopedia Explains Security+ Certification

The CompTIA Security+ certification exam was developed in 2002 in order to address the need for IT staff proficient in IT security due to rising security issues in the industry. To qualify for the certification it is recommended (though not a requirement) that candidates have two years of security-related experience in order to have the necessary background knowledge, or they could take courses aimed at the objectives of the certification exam.

The Security+ certification demonstrates that the professional has competency in:

  • Network security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Cryptography
  • Access control and identity management
  • Application, data and host security

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