Working on a computerThis is the final article that will summarize our comprehensive blog series on how to improve your CompTIA Security+ exam score.

The journey to achieving the CompTIA Security+ certification is a significant milestone for aspiring cybersecurity professionals. This series of blogs is designed to guide you through every step of this journey, from understanding the exam structure to mastering effective study techniques. If you follow our detailed insights and recommendations, you will be well-prepared to tackle the Security+ exam with confidence. This summary blog provides an overview of the entire series, highlighting key takeaways and next steps to help you succeed.

In the previous blogs, we delved into various aspects of the Security+ exam, including registration, exam objectives, grading and scoring, and strategies for improving your exam score. Each blog is packed with practical tips and actionable steps to enhance your preparation and boost your chances of success. Whether you are just starting your certification journey or looking to improve your existing skills, our series offers valuable resources and guidance tailored to your needs.

What's nextOverview of the CompTIA Security+ Exam Series

Our series of blogs is designed to provide a guide to professionals who want to pursue a career in cybersecurity. One of the first steps for many is to obtain the CompTIA Security+ certification, as it is widely considered one of the best entry-level certifications in cybersecurity. Before diving into this journey, we recommend reviewing the blogs in this series to ensure you are fully prepared for the road ahead. Here is a brief summary of each blog:

  • Deciphering the CompTIA Security+ Exam Grading and Scoring: Our second blog focused on breaking down details around the exam objectives and knowledge areas tested in Security+, as well as the distribution of questions across those domains. This article also discusses the scoring methodology and grading process for the exam. We also start to introduce tips and tricks for achieving the desired Security+ score.
  • Strategies for Improving Your CompTIA Security+ Exam Score: The last blog in the series is a comprehensive guide covering practical strategies and study tips to enhance your performance on the Security+ exam. We covered topics such as crafting a targeted study plan, mastering time management techniques, and exploring different preparation pathways. By adopting these strategies, you can maximize your chances of success and achieve the score you desire.

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Next Steps: Enrolling in a Security+ Study Program

Now that you have a comprehensive understanding of the Security+ exam and effective preparation strategies, it’s time to take the next step and get the study plans in motion. First decide if you prefer to go the route of self-paced or bootcamp. Both have their benefits and downsides, and you can re-read the third blog in this series to get a breakdown on what those are. Once you have decided which preparation pathway is best for you, it’s time to find a training partner to help get the process started.

One thing to remember, not all training partners are created equal. When deciding where you want to invest your time, energy, and money, we recommend ensuring your training partner has the following:

  • CompTIA approved course materials, which is the only way to ensure you have the most up-to-date content that will be on the exam.
  • Access to hands-on labs, practice exams, and a coach or trainer who can answer questions.
  • Ensure your training partner either provides the exam voucher, or can access discounted rates for you to purchase the exam voucher.
  • It often helps to check if they are a CompTIA Authorized Partner.

For more details on our Security+ training programs, you can visit our training page to get more details on what our programs offer. You can also sign up for either a self-paced program or an accelerated training bootcamp. Our programs are designed to provide you with the resources and support you need to succeed. Whether you prefer the flexibility of self-paced study or the structured environment of a bootcamp, we have a solution that fits your needs.

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What do I do if I already have my Security+ certification?

If you already hold the Security+ certification, and are curious what your next steps should look like, it will really depend on your goals and current employment. If you are an individual with the credential, but unable to obtain a job, we highly recommend getting some hands-on training. The statistics are consistent on this, coupling industry certifications with experience is the best pathway to kickstarting your career.

Hands-on labs and experience don’t have to be a daunting task. Take some time to do some research regarding different aspects of IT Helpdesk and Cybersecurity Technician job roles. Figure out the type of issues they usually work on, then complete any of the tasks that you can from your own computer. Some may require tools, which will require additional research. But in the end, doing that research will help improve your understanding of these foundational skill sets.

If you would like some additional guidance on this, please contact our experts, we will be happy to give you some direction on this!

Hands-On Training Info

If interested, our company has programs that offer several hundred hours of hands-on lab work, providing real-world examples and scenarios to deepen your cybersecurity knowledge. By completing this training, you can develop a portfolio to showcase your skills to potential employers. Our hands-on lab training program is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. It provides you with the experience and confidence needed to excel in the cybersecurity field, as well as stand out to employers.

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It’s time to start my next certification…

There is a lot of benefits in finding stackable certification pathways. This method of certification training is where you obtain a series of industry certifications that complement one another. 9 times out of 10, the CompTIA Security+ is going to be in the mix somewhere. So passing this certification exam is a great first step, but it is not the last step.

The best recommendation we can provide is that you need to pursue certifications that employers are wanting, but are ones that not many people have. You want to have certifications that are in high demand and low supply, making your resume much more marketable. CyberSeek has a heat map that provides statistics about this.  Here is an example of what I mean:

  • The most popular certification is Security+, with nearly 266,000 professionals with this credential. However, there is less than 70,000 job postings requiring this certification, which means the supply is greater than the demand.
  • Whereas, if you look at the ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), you will get a different story. There is roughly 47,000 jobs listing CISA, and 36,000 jobs asking about CISM. Quite a bit less than the Security+, but the number of professionals with those certifications is 35,812 and 20,300 respectively. This means the demand is currently higher than the supply!

With all this being said, it is still highly recommended to obtain your Security+, as it is still the gold standard in showing a strong understanding of foundational principles. But you may want to consider stacking some additional certifications, like CISA and CISM, on top of our Security+. This will make you more marketable and provide access to jobs that are currently unable to be filled by the current talent pool.

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Conclusion

Our blog series on mastering the CompTIA Security+ exam provides a comprehensive guide to help you achieve certification success. By following the strategies and tips outlined in each blog, you can navigate the exam process with confidence and improve your chances of achieving a high score. Whether you are just starting your journey or looking to enhance your existing skills, our resources and programs are designed to support you every step of the way. Please reach out to our experts if you have any questions or concerns.
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