The new 2020 release of the SY0-601 Security+ exam from CompTIA has lots of new material to know about. First, there are now five domains (down from the previous six), but few topics were removed, mostly this was a reorganization and regrouping of topics. Second, there is some terminology changes to be more inclusive, such as "black box testing" is now "Unknown system testing" and "man-in-the-middle" is now "on-path attack". Third, there is broader and deeper coverage of several topics, including cloud, scripting, industrial internet of things (IIoT), and operational technology (OT). Fourth, there are about 25% new detailed items below the sub-objectives than the previous version. Thus, this test covers a wider range of concepts and thus is going to be more challenging for most than the previous version.
CompTIA’s Security+ is a widely respected introduction to security certification that most entry and mid-level IT workers and security personnel should obtain. Security+ establishes a standardized knowledge base of terms and concepts that anyone pursuing a security career needs to master. Security+ builds on knowledge obtained through hands-on experience, having earned the Network+ certification, or achieved through directed and focused learning, whether self-study or instructor led.
The Security+ certification is a common component of a cybersecurity professional’s resume, which would leave a gap if it is not present. According to IT Skills and Salary Report, it’s one of the most popular cybersecurity certifications. Security+ may be challenging to achieve if you’re new to the security field, but the knowledge obtained through preparing to pass the Security+ exam will be integral to a long-term career.