Trust no one....
I am shifting laterally to a new position that under our contract with the DOD requires the Security+ cert.
I have the SY0-301 by Darrel Gibson on kindle and a friend has lent me their Sybex Cert. Kit.
Any other advice or resource that I should look at?
thanks in advance
Trust no one....
the truth is out there....
The sybex kits are the way to go. I got their mcsa 2008 kit and it's helped tie together what I know and what iv learned using Skillsoft online learning
not too difficult
If the test is similar in thoroughness, attention to detail, and up to date techniques as the A+ cert...
You are now certified to never touch anything involved is securing items worth more than a quarter. Even that has to be done with supervision.
Someone asked for the links to the material I used..
I bought this in kindle form for a tablet.
and his audio book for my phone to listen in the car.
I watched these videos.
I searched online for as many practice tests and questions I could find
I aced the A+ exams in 1998 and it was much easier compared to the Security+ but as you can see by my passing that the Security+ is not that much harder...
Just ordered the audio book for my phone as well. Thanks for the heads up Sam. The challenge is to get reimbursed from my company after.
Already took care of A+ 701 and 702. Now it's security then Networking. After that then it's on to VMware or Cisco Citrixs depending on which is more favorable towards my company.
CompTIA suggests doing Networking before Security+ though I'm not sure it matters. I did not do Networking.
Interesting. My former instructor told me the opposite. I'm going to ask around my company to check. Better safe then sorry. Thanks for the heads up.
I did a practice test for the Networking.
Stopped once I realized half the questions were so vague and generic that it really didn't matter what answer you chose, just what TLA was the most commonly used by their teaching resources.
That and I REALLY don't need to know about token ring networks and vampire taps.
People take these certification tests for a lot of reasons.
I took it because it was a prerequisite for the position I am now in.
The contract that I work under for the Air Force, requires all IT contractors have A+ or Security+ depending on the position they are filling. I doubt I would have bothered if it wasn't.
Some people think being certified is the end goal.
Some people thing being certified is just a step along the way.
You can usually tell which people are by looking at their resume for a few seconds.
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I'm saddened that the Air Force puts any stock in those certs vs any of the other far better ones out there.
I'm not knocking you for going out and getting the cert, I'm just surprised that the government puts any stock in CompTIA products.
I don't know the circles that you work in.
I do know you have been attempting to offend me from your first post in this thread.
I will refrain from correcting your misconceptions of the Security+ cert and the DOD Netcents/ICIS contract requirements. It isn't worth my time.
I have been in IT since the late 70's (30+ years) and have never looked negatively at someone for getting certified for anything regardless of its source.
I have reserved judgement on them because being able to pass an exam does not prove anything except that you can pass an exam.
My only purpose in this thread was to share information on the subject.
It seems that your only purpose here was to insult people and act superior.
My IT career is a little shorter, I've only got 17 years in the game. My first exposure to CompTIA was the A+ cert when I was getting started, and I had a couple frank discussions with different hiring managers at the time who all told me if I got A+ I'd be hired at an entry level position with no expectation of progression. The alternate path offered was to prove myself to them directly in which case I'd start a tier up and would be given opportunities to improve from there as I demonstrated an ability to learn and improve my skill set. I chose path B based on that, and have been pleased with where it's taken me so far. Since then, I've never seen CompTIA certifications brought up when discussing skill sets. Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft (although they have a couple soft ones that don't get much respect) all do get discussed.
You started a thread to share info on a given cert on a FORUM, I gave my opinion of the CERT and the fact that I am surprised the DOD/etc accept it. I also provided MY experience with CompTIA in particular.
None of that is an attack on you. I can see where you might be sensitive on this forum given how some discussions go, but believe me, I'm not sitting back in my command chair ticking off a list of accomplishments based on a perceived slight directed at you, nor am I whittling down my poking stick hoping to get the bear even angrier while I hide behind a troll mask.
I'd like to think I can have an opinion on the cert and the company behind it, as well as places that rank it similarly to other certs without being forced to also therefore have the same opinion of those who obtain said certs to acquire jobs that require them.
If this all based on the "securing a quarter" crack, IT WAS A JOKE, HUMOR, LEVITY, aka LIGHTEN UP FRANCIS! That's why it had a smiley at the end.
See, HAPPY KURLON IS HAPPY, not bitter or in a finger pointing mood.
I don't have anything productive to add to this thread.