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January 1, 2016

Security+ Without A+ Or Network+?

January 1, 2016
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January 1, 2016
Hello all, My name is Tobin, and I am a high school computer science teacher in the US. I want to embed Cybrary into my courses, but I need to find out which ones will work for me. While I totally understand the need for A+ and Network+ certifications, I wanted to know how 'stand alone' Security+ is, and if you could take this online course (or get certified) without those prior courses. In my case, students have spent a year in programming, operating systems, and general intro to IT concepts before I would offer this--so they wouldn't be brand new. Thoughts? Anyone taking it or have taken it? Hi Tobin. It is possible to study for and take the Security+ exam prior to A+ and Network+ certification. I have actually done so myself. This question comes up from time to time. I think the general recommendation is to do A+ then Network+ and then Security+ in that order, but that is merely a recommendation and not a requirement. Many DoD and defense contractor workers just get Security+ certified from CompTIA as a job requirement as an example. I happen to work in InfoSec and have other non-CompTIA certifications. So going directly for Security+ made the most sense in my situation. A+ to Net + to Sec + is CompTIA recommended for a couple of different reasons. A+ and Net+ are supposed to build the foundation needed to understand Sec +. I mean how can you test on securing a router in Sec+ without understanding what a router is (Net +). The second reason CompTIA recommends this route boils down to the almighty dollar. Why would they say "You can take Sec + without taking the previous two" when they can milk your wallet for the costs of two other tests. Overall thought, yes you can take Sec + by itself but I would recommend you have a strong working knowledge of computers and networks prior to testing. There are no academic prereq's to Sec +. I earned my Security+ certification first. I never earned A+ or Net+ first. However, I will say that it would have been more beneficial to me to have done one or the other first. Thanks so much for the responses! It sounds like it would be do-able to allow them this option if they wanted to do it. The students have gone through a basic networking unit, so I hope that would be enough for them to conceptualize securing networking equipment. I will try it this upcoming school year and see how it works! Thanks a ton for all the insight. There is absolutely ZERO need to get A+ or Network+, prior to studying Security+. The morons above quoting the recommended order, are doing so for people who have no knowledge whatsoever of computers. You obviously teach so that means you could easily learn Security+. Basic networking and use of operating systems will be good enough. Sec+ is actually not very heavy on technical network configuration. It's all very high-level. For example, Sec+ will talk about password policies, but no-where will it expect you to configure or implement this on a Linux or Windows environment. It will simply state that forcing users to use a complex password that expires periodically, etc. is a good idea. Would it make it easier if you already have A+ and Net+? Yes, but it's definitely not required. I want to start a position in CyberSec asap, and I won't have time to know the material covered in A+ and Net+ perfectly before taking the Sec+. So I'm doing it without it. I already have some background in computers and networking, but even if you only have a very fundamental understanding of computers and networking Sec+ should be doable by itself. It should be easy enough to find gaps in your knowledge and just use other resources to get up to speed. Sub-netting is one for me, I still don't fully understand this concept of networking (or why you would pragmatically want to do it). But I'll figure it out before taking the exam. Once you get Sec+ and you get a job in the InfoSec industry, you'll have time to catch up on other technologies while you're already working in the field. It will be much easier that way because you'll *have to* learn it, and you'll be using it every day. Anyway, that's my theory.
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