The CompTIA Security+ certification is the world’s most sought-after cybersecurity certification. More corporations and government defense organizations prefer the CompTIA Security+ over any other certification when it comes to assessing baseline cybersecurity skills. 

But how hard is the exam to pass? Read on as we discuss what CompTIA Security+ is, what it covers, and how ONLC’s CompTIA Security+ training can help you succeed. 

While some cybersecurity pros will tell you the exam is a cinch, that’s probably coming from someone who already had a deep understanding of IT security and technology. 

For those wondering how long the CompTIA Security+ test is, test-takers can expect a ninety question exam with a ninety minute time limit. That’s an average of one question every sixty seconds, and many of the questions have lengthy explanations that require careful examination so as not to get sucked into providing the easy answer when a more complex response is required. 

The exam has a score range of 100 to 900, and the passing score is 750. While CompTIA does not provide figures, data suggests that the exam gets more difficult with each passing year. When it comes to CompTIA Security+ passing percentages, most first-time, non-classroom trained, walk-in candidates have a failure rate of above 50%.

What Is Comptia Security+?

Out of all the cybersecurity certifications, CompTIA Security+ is the most-preferred. Not only is this certification vendor-neutral, it tests for a top-down understanding of the entirety of cybersecurity. Because it is not focused on one specific type of software, it enables those who hold the certification to have a comprehensive understanding of a broad base of cybersecurity skills and resources. 

Having the CompTIA Security+ certification is an excellent stepping stone to higher-level IT jobs such as security administrators, system admins, network administrators, and IT auditors. 

What Does CompTIA Security+ Cover?

CompTIA Security+ covers a wide range of cybersecurity topics and specialties, providing a broad overview that allows a newly certified specialist to be able to recognize vulnerabilities, identify threats, and take action to mitigate future threats. 

By the end of the certification process, a certified CompTIA Security+ candidate should have a basic understanding of four key areas:

  • Assessing business enterprise cybersecurity and providing recommendations to provide a secure environment
  • Monitoring a variety of networks including mobile internet, cloud storage, and a broad range of internet-connected smart devices, each of which may have its own unique vulnerabilities and weaknesses
  • Awareness regarding laws that apply to cybersecurity and data management to mitigate the risk of a breach of user data 
  • Recognizing and being able to counter a wide array of cybersecurity threats, events, and incidents

How Can ONLC Help?

ONLC provides instructor-led classes at training centers around the United States and online. Unlike other online and instructor-led classes that only provide a tedious lecture with no chance for questions, ONLC instructors are ready and willing to answer any questions that you may have. You’ll also have the ability to hear other students ask questions and hear the instructor’s replies so you won’t have to worry about asking all the right questions. 

In Conclusion

The CompTIA Security+ certification is the world’s most sought-after cybersecurity certification, and it’s also one of the most difficult. Be sure to get the help and guidance you need so you can succeed on the exam and get closer to your dream job.

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