A certification endorsed by the CompTIA organization for information security professionals. Like other certifications from CompTIA, it provides a vendor-neutral overview of the field and certifies that a candidate has a basic understanding of the principles behind network security. Candidates are recommended by CompTIA to have already completed the A+ and Network+ certifications or have equivalent experience before attempting the examination.
The Security+ certification contains five domains:
- General Security Concepts
- Communication Security
- Infrastructure Security
- Basics of Cryptography
- Operational/Organizational Security
Attaining the Security+ certification requires the successful completion of one 100-question examination. A passing grade is a score of 764 on a scale from 100-900. The examination is offered in English and Japanese languages.
The Security+ certification is often used as a stepping stone to more advanced certifications, like the CISSP. It also serves as an elective for the MCSE certification.