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CompTIA Introduces New Security+ Certification for IT Security Careers


CompTIA, an organization dedicated to the IT industry and its workforce, has rolled out the new version of its CompTIA Security+ certification. 

The updated certification, marked by the exam code SY0-701, is designed to validate the fundamental skills required for performing core security functions and advancing a career in IT security.

Security+ Certification: Bolstering IT Security Expertise

The Security+ certification stands as the most widely adopted ISO/ANSI-accredited early career cybersecurity certification in the market. It encompasses the latest developments in cybersecurity technology, techniques, and tools. 

The certification focuses on foundational skills crucial for protecting networks, identifying threats, and securing data. Currently, over 700,000 individuals worldwide have earned the Security+ certification.

The exam features hands-on, performance-based questions that challenge candidates to address real-world situations, showcasing their expertise to potential employers immediately. The certification is applicable to various job roles, including security specialist, security administrator, and systems administrator.

Industry Insights: CompTIA's Efforts to Close Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The launch of the new exam coincides with increasing efforts by organizations to address cybersecurity skills gaps. 

CompTIA's "State of Cybersecurity 2024" report indicates that U.S. organizations are turning to internal training and certification programs to enhance cybersecurity skills. 

Half of the surveyed organizations are investing in internal training, while 43% are assisting employees in obtaining certifications, according to the report’s authors.

Expert Opinions: Insights from CompTIA's Leadership

Thomas Reilly, Chief Product Officer, CompTIA, commented:

"Cybersecurity jobs are continuing to grow across the globe, and more employers are using CompTIA Security+ for those baseline skills than any other certification in the industry. In addition, our courseware helps students pave the way for a rewarding and fulfilling career as an IT professional by providing hands-on practice to master the tasks."

Key Benefits of Security+ Certification for IT Professionals

IT professionals who attain the CompTIA Security+ certification demonstrate their ability in various critical areas:

  • Assessing the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommending appropriate security solutions.
  • Monitoring and securing hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, IoT, and operational technology.
  • Operating with an awareness of applicable regulations, policies, governance, risk, and compliance.
  • Identifying, analyzing, and responding to security threats and incidents.