CompTIA Security+ 2008 Objectives

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A number of changes have happened with CompTIA and the Security+ 2008 objectives, since the previous CompTIA Security+ objectives. Of course this is causing a little bit of confusion over what's happening with CompTIA's Security+ certification, and what this all means to you. So let's take a clear look at what is what with CompTIA Security+ in 2008 and beyond.

CompTIA has recently adopted the principles set out by American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Currently, they are being applied to the A+, Network+ and Security+ exam objectives.

Specifically, ANSI addresses a documentation called National Conformity Assessment Principles (NCAP). The idea being there is confidence in a process, while attempting to avoid as much as possible unnecessary barriers.

The result to you is the CompTIA Security+ 2008 has very strict guidelines CompTIA must follow to meet the NCAP document created by ANSI.

As CompTIA has certifications for life, they had an interesting 'dance' to meet the ANSI standards while maintaining their pledge of certification for life. They did this by blessing you for life, on the specific exam version

An interesting outcome of all this is a new class of certiftication exams from CompTIA. The ANSI blessed exams now will have a "mini-exam" for people that hold the older certification. Some people are referring to this as a "bridge exam."

The bridge exam covers the new material (only) that was not on the old exam. So if you have already passed the SY0-101, there are 2 areas to focus on for the bridge exam. They are:

  • Access Controls
  • Audits and Assessments
  • Of course, if you are already CompTIA Security+ certified, you may be wondering why I'm saying Access Controls, when they were already in the objectives for SY0-101? The reason is that this domain has been greatly expanded. So expect to see questions eg. on access controls. The second part of the bridge exam: Audits and assessments is a brand-new objective for CompTIA Security+ 2008 Version

    Instructors that are teaching under the CAQC principles, *must* be certified with the CompTIA Security+ 2008.

    The new exam is available October 14, 2008. The original CompTIA Security+ exam must be accessible for six months after the release date of this new exam, per ANSI requirements. ( March 13, 2009 will be the last chance to get certifyed under the old objectives... so hurry)

    Those of you who are taking the original exam now, may notice questions that you have not prepared for. This does not need to call you any anxiety or apprehension. This is the process in exam design that is called "seeding". What they are doing is testing some of the questions that will appear in the 2008 version of Security+. They are Not Scored, so relax!

    Gudrun Funk is a CompTIA CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer) and a MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer). She has co-authored a number of CAQC certification materials. You can find out more by visiting http://www.GudrunFunk.com 

    The ANSI guidelines for National Conformity Assessment Principles are available here.

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