CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601)

(SY0-601.AB1) / ISBN : 978-1-64459-295-3
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Gain hands-on experience to pass the CompTIA Security+ certification exam with the CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) course and lab. Interactive chapters and hands-on labs comprehensively cover the SY0-601 exam objectives and provide knowledge in areas such as security concepts, operating systems, application systems, and many more. The CompTIA Security+ study guide will help you get a full understanding of the challenges you'll face as a security professional.

Skills You’ll Get

The CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 exam verifies that a candidate can assess an enterprise's security posture and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions; monitor and secure hybrid environments, such as cloud, mobile, and IoT; and operate with an understanding of applicable laws and policies, such as governance, risk, and compliance.

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37+ Lessons | 34+ Exercises | 379+ Quizzes | 791+ Flashcards | 791+ Glossary of terms


104+ Pre Assessment Questions | 2+ Full Length Tests | 104+ Post Assessment Questions | 208+ Practice Test Questions

Hands-On Labs

64+ LiveLab | 65+ Video tutorials | 02:30+ Hours



  • Goals and Methods
  • Who Should Read This Course?
  • CompTIA Security+ Exam Topics

Comparing and Contrasting Different Types of Social Engineering Techniques

  • Social Engineering Fundamentals
  • User Security Awareness Education
  • Review Key Topics

Analyzing Potential Indicators to Determine the Type of Attack

  • Malicious Software (Malware)
  • Password Attacks
  • Physical Attacks
  • Adversarial Artificial Intelligence
  • Supply-Chain Attacks
  • Cloud-based vs. On-premises Attacks
  • Cryptographic Attacks
  • Review Key Topics

Analyzing Potential Indicators Associated with Application Attacks

  • Privilege Escalation
  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Attacks
  • Injection Attacks
  • Pointer/Object Dereference
  • Directory Traversal
  • Buffer Overflows
  • Race Conditions
  • Error Handling
  • Improper Input Handling
  • Replay Attacks
  • Request Forgeries
  • Application Programming Interface (API) Attacks
  • Resource Exhaustion
  • Memory Leaks
  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Stripping
  • Driver Manipulation
  • Pass the Hash
  • Review Key Topics

Analyzing Potential Indicators Associated with Network Attacks

  • Wireless Attacks
  • On-Path Attacks
  • Layer 2 Attacks
  • Domain Name System (DNS) Attacks
  • Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks
  • Malicious Code or Script Execution Attacks
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding Different Threat Actors, Vectors, and Intelligence Sources

  • Actors and Threats
  • Attributes of Threat Actors
  • Attack Vectors
  • Threat Intelligence and Threat Intelligence Sources
  • Research Sources
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Security Concerns Associated with Various Types of Vulnerabilities

  • Cloud-based vs. On-premises Vulnerabilities
  • Zero-day Vulnerabilities
  • Weak Configurations
  • Third-party Risks
  • Improper or Weak Patch Management
  • Legacy Platforms
  • The Impact of Cybersecurity Attacks and Breaches
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing the Techniques Used in Security Assessments

  • Threat Hunting
  • Vulnerability Scans
  • Logs and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR)
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Techniques Used in Penetration Testing

  • Penetration Testing
  • Passive and Active Reconnaissance
  • Exercise Types
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Importance of Security Concepts in an Enterprise Environment

  • Configuration Management
  • Data Sovereignty and Data Protection
  • Site Resiliency
  • Deception and Disruption
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing Virtualization and Cloud Computing Concepts

  • Cloud Models
  • Cloud Service Providers
  • Cloud Architecture Components
  • Virtual Machine (VM) Sprawl Avoidance and VM Escape Protection
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing Secure Application Development, Deployment, and Automation Concepts

  • Software Development Environments and Methodologies
  • Application Provisioning and Deprovisioning
  • Software Integrity Measurement
  • Secure Coding Techniques
  • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
  • Software Diversity
  • Automation/Scripting
  • Elasticity and Scalability
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing Authentication and Authorization Design Concepts

  • Authentication Methods
  • Biometrics
  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Factors and Attributes
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Cloud vs. On-premises Requirements
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Cybersecurity Resilience

  • Redundancy
  • Replication
  • On-premises vs. Cloud
  • Backup Types
  • Non-persistence
  • High Availability
  • Restoration Order
  • Diversity
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Security Implications of Embedded and Specialized Systems

  • Embedded Systems
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Specialized Systems
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Drones
  • Multifunction Printers (MFP)
  • Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS)
  • Surveillance Systems
  • System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Communication Considerations
  • Embedded System Constraints
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Importance of Physical Security Controls

  • Bollards/Barricades
  • Access Control Vestibules
  • Badges
  • Alarms
  • Signage
  • Cameras
  • Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Industrial Camouflage
  • Personnel
  • Locks
  • USB Data Blockers
  • Lighting
  • Fencing
  • Fire Suppression
  • Sensors
  • Drones
  • Visitor Logs
  • Faraday Cages
  • Air Gap
  • Screened Subnet (Previously Known as Demilitarized Zone [DMZ])
  • Protected Cable Distribution
  • Secure Areas
  • Secure Data Destruction
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing the Basics of Cryptographic Concepts

  • Digital Signatures
  • Key Length
  • Key Stretching
  • Salting
  • Hashing
  • Key Exchange
  • Elliptic-Curve Cryptography
  • Perfect Forward Secrecy
  • Quantum
  • Post-Quantum
  • Ephemeral
  • Modes of Operation
  • Blockchain
  • Cipher Suites
  • Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Encryption
  • Lightweight Cryptography
  • Steganography
  • Homomorphic Encryption
  • Common Use Cases
  • Limitations
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Secure Protocols

  • Protocols
  • Use Cases
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Host or Application Security Solutions

  • Endpoint Protection
  • Antimalware
  • Next-Generation Firewall
  • Host-based Intrusion Prevention System
  • Host-based Intrusion Detection System
  • Host-based Firewall
  • Boot Integrity
  • Database
  • Application Security
  • Hardening
  • Self-Encrypting Drive/Full-Disk Encryption
  • Hardware Root of Trust
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Sandboxing
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Secure Network Designs

  • Load Balancing
  • Network Segmentation
  • Virtual Private Network
  • DNS
  • Network Access Control
  • Out-of-Band Management
  • Port Security
  • Network Appliances
  • Access Control List
  • Route Security
  • Quality of Service
  • Implications of IPv6
  • Port Spanning/Port Mirroring
  • Monitoring Services
  • File Integrity Monitors
  • Review Key Topics

Installing and Configuring Wireless Security Settings

  • Cryptographic Protocols
  • Authentication Protocols
  • Methods
  • Installation Considerations
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Secure Mobile Solutions

  • Connection Methods and Receivers
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Device Management Enforcement and Monitoring
  • Mobile Devices
  • Deployment Models
  • Review Key Topics

Applying Cybersecurity Solutions to the Cloud

  • Cloud Security Controls
  • Solutions
  • Cloud Native Controls vs. Third-Party Solutions
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Identity and Account Management Controls

  • Identity
  • Account Types
  • Account Policies
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Authentication and Authorization Solutions

  • Authentication Management
  • Authentication/Authorization
  • Access Control Schemes
  • Review Key Topics

Implementing Public Key Infrastructure

  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • Types of Certificates
  • Certificate Formats
  • PKI Concepts
  • Review Key Topics

Using the Appropriate Tool to Assess Organizational Security

  • Network Reconnaissance and Discovery
  • File Manipulation
  • Shell and Script Environments
  • Packet Capture and Replay
  • Forensics
  • Exploitation Frameworks
  • Password Crackers
  • Data Sanitization
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing the Importance of Policies, Processes, and Procedures for Incident Response

  • Incident Response Plans
  • Incident Response Process
  • Exercises
  • Attack Frameworks
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Communication Plan
  • Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Business Continuity Plan
  • Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)
  • Incident Response Team
  • Retention Policies
  • Review Key Topics

Using Appropriate Data Sources to Support an Investigation

  • Vulnerability Scan Output
  • SIEM Dashboards
  • Log Files
  • syslog/rsyslog/syslog-ng
  • journalctl
  • NXLog
  • Bandwidth Monitors
  • Metadata
  • NetFlow/sFlow
  • Protocol Analyzer Output
  • Review Key Topics

Applying Mitigation Techniques or Controls to Secure an Environment

  • Reconfigure Endpoint Security Solutions
  • Configuration Changes
  • Isolation
  • Containment
  • Segmentation
  • SOAR
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Key Aspects of Digital Forensics

  • Documentation/Evidence
  • Acquisition
  • On-premises vs. Cloud
  • Integrity
  • Preservation
  • E-discovery
  • Data Recovery
  • Nonrepudiation
  • Strategic Intelligence/Counterintelligence
  • Review Key Topics

Comparing and contrasting the Various Types of Controls

  • Control Category
  • Control Types
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Importance of Applicable Regul...orks That Impact Organizational Security Posture

  • Regulations, Standards, and Legislation
  • Key Frameworks
  • Benchmarks and Secure Configuration Guides
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding the Importance of Policies to Organizational Security

  • Personnel Policies
  • Diversity of Training Techniques
  • Third-Party Risk Management
  • Data Concepts
  • Credential Policies
  • Organizational Policies
  • Review Key Topics

Summarizing Risk Management Processes and Concepts

  • Risk Types
  • Risk Management Strategies
  • Risk Analysis
  • Disaster Analysis
  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Review Key Topics

Understanding Privacy and Sensitive Data Concepts in Relation to Security

  • Organizational Consequences of Privacy and Data Breaches
  • Notifications of Breaches
  • Data Types and Asset Classification
  • PII
  • PHI
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Information Lifecycle
  • Impact Assessment
  • Terms of Agreement
  • Privacy Notice
  • Review Key Topics

Final Preparation

  • Hands-on Activities
  • Suggested Plan for Final Review and Study
  • Summary


Comparing and Contrasting Different Types of Social Engineering Techniques

  • Using SET
  • Performing Website Reconnaissance

Analyzing Potential Indicators to Determine the Type of Attack

  • Cracking a Password Using the John the Ripper Tool
  • Simulating a DoS Attack
  • Using Rainbow Tables
  • Detecting Rootkits
  • Creating a Remote Access Trojan (RAT)
  • Using NetBus in Windows 10

Analyzing Potential Indicators Associated with Application Attacks

  • Defending Against a Buffer Overflow Attack
  • Performing Session Hijacking Using Burp Suite
  • Exploiting a Website Using SQL Injection

Analyzing Potential Indicators Associated with Network Attacks

  • Performing ARP Spoofing

Understanding the Techniques Used in Penetration Testing

  • Identifying Search Options in Metasploit
  • Using OWASP ZAP

Understanding the Importance of Security Concepts in an Enterprise Environment

  • Setting Up a Honeypot

Implementing Cybersecurity Resilience

  • Configuring RAID 5
  • Taking an Incremental Backup
  • Taking a Full Backup

Summarizing the Basics of Cryptographic Concepts

  • Observing an MD5-Generated Hash Value
  • Performing Symmetric Encryption
  • Examining Asymmetric Encryption
  • Hiding Text Using Steganography

Implementing Secure Protocols

  • Configuring an SSH Server
  • Configuring DNSSEC on an Active Directory Integrated Zone
  • Configuring IPSec

Implementing Host or Application Security Solutions

  • Configuring Inbound Rules for a Firewall
  • Using Windows Firewall

Implementing Secure Network Designs

  • Configuring a Tunnel Group for Clientless SSL VPN
  • Configuring Clientless SSL VPNs on ASA
  • Configuring Site-to-Site IPsec VPN Topology
  • Performing IDS Configuration with Snort
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Creating a VLAN and Viewing its Assignment to Port Mapping
  • Creating a DMZ Zone
  • Setting Up a VPN Server with Windows Server 2016
  • Implementing Port Security
  • Configuring a BPDU Guard on a Switch Port
  • Configuring NetFlow and NetFlow Data Export

Implementing Secure Mobile Solutions

  • Turning on Airplane Mode of an iPhone
  • Setting Up a VPN in Android

Applying Cybersecurity Solutions to the Cloud

  • Performing a MITM Attack

Implementing Identity and Account Management Controls

  • Stopping Permissions Inheritance
  • Managing NTFS Permissions
  • Creating a User Account in the Active Directory

Implementing Authentication and Authorization Solutions

  • Creating a Network Policy for 802.1X

Implementing Public Key Infrastructure

  • Revoking and Exporting a Certificate
  • Examining PKI Certificates

Using the Appropriate Tool to Assess Organizational Security

  • Performing Memory Analysis with Volatility
  • Using Wireshark
  • Manipulating a File in Linux
  • Conducting Vulnerability Scanning Using Nessus
  • Using the theHarvester Tool
  • Creating Reverse and Bind Shells Using Netcat
  • Using the netstat Command
  • Using the hping Program
  • Using pathping and ping Commands
  • Scanning Live Systems Using Nmap
  • Using dig and nslookup Commands
  • Tracing a Route Using Tracert
  • Using the ifconfig Command

Using Appropriate Data Sources to Support an Investigation

  • Viewing the System Logs
  • Using Windows Event Viewer

Understanding the Key Aspects of Digital Forensics

  • Completing the Chain of Custody
  • Analyzing Forensics with Autopsy

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CompTIA Security+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a focus on security.

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The exam contains 90 questions.

90 minutes


(on a scale of 100-900)

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