CompTIA Security+ 501 exam retires July 21


CompTIA have announced the CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) Exam retires on 31 July 2021,


The NEW Security+ (SY0-601) is currently available to learners exploring an IT security career or seeking to establish core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role.


The good news is that any vouchers that have been purchased for Security+ SY0-501 and have not yet expired may still be used for the new Security+ SY0-601 exam :) Review the SY0-601 Exam Objectives here, or learn more about the new exam below.


Why is Security+ different?

  • More choose Security+ – chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other certification on the market to validate baseline security skills and for fulfilling the DoD 8570 compliance.

  • Security+ proves hands-on skills – the only baseline cybersecurity certification emphasizing hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of today’s complex issues.

  • More job roles turn to Security+ to supplement skills – baseline cybersecurity skills are applicable across more of today’s job roles to secure systems, software and hardware.

  • Security+ is aligned to the latest trends and techniques – covering the most core technical skills in risk assessment and management, incident response, forensics, enterprise networks, hybrid/cloud operations, and security controls, ensuring high-performance on the job.

Key Benefits CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification your candidate should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills required to:

  • Assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions

  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT

  • Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance

  • Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents

Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation, because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 2.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.


Exam Domains Security+ SY0-501 Domain & % of Exam Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities 21% Technologies and Tools 22% Architecture and Design 15% Identity and Access Management 16% Risk Management 14% Cryptography and PKI 12%

Security+ SY0-601 Domain & % of Exam 1.0 Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities 24% 2.0 Architecture and Design 21% 3.0 Implementation 25% 4.0 Operations and Incident Response 16% 5.0 Governance, Risk, and Compliance 14%

What’s New Cybersecurity attacks continue to grow. Increasingly, more job roles are tasked with baseline security readiness and response to address today’s threats. Updates to Security+ reflect skills relevant to these job roles and prepare candidates to be more proactive in preventing the next attack. The updated version of Security+ 601 ensures organisations have talent with the latest skills and competencies needed to improve baseline security readiness and incident response by applying today’s current best practices for addressing the latest attacks, threats, and vulnerabilities.


Interested in gaining the CompTIA Security+ Exam, click here about our training options or call our training sales team on 01752 724000.

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