Cyber Security

Security + Changes!

November 17, 2020

Alex Walters

Just released on November 12, 2020; the “new” Security + SY0-601 exam, will address the latest cybersecurity developments and provide IT professionals with the knowledge needed to perform the following tasks:

  • Assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions
  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance
  • Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents

(CompTIA Security +, n.d.)

The Differences Between 501 and 601

SY0-601 contains less exam domains then SY0-501. Instead of six domains, there are now 5 domain areas that include Implementation and Operations and Incident Response. There is now more exam weight in the Architecture and Design domain as well as in the Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities domain. The complete list of domain changes is outlined below:

Security + SY0-501 Exam DomainsSecurity + SY0-601 Exam Domains
Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities: 21%Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities: 24%
Technologies and Tools: 22%Architecture and Design: 21%
Architecture and Design: 15%Implementation: 25%
Identity and Access Management: 16%Operations and Incident Response: 16%
Risk Management: 14%Governance, Risk and Compliance: 14%
Cryptography and PKI: 12% 
Security+ Domain Comparison

(Lane, 2020).

There are less exam objectives on the SY0-601 as well. The 501 has 37 exam objectives while the 601 will only include 35.

The Exam Format

The SY0-601 exam format will follow the same format as the SY0-501. Specific details as can be seen below:

Number of Questions:90
Type of Questions:Multiple choice and performance based
Duration of Test:90 minutes
Passing Score:750
Test Delivery:Pearson Vue
Exam Price:$370
SY0-601 Exam Format

It is recommended that IT professionals seeking to take the exam have at least 2 years of previous IT experience as well as the Network + Certification. Upon passing the exam, the certification is valid for three years.

Why You should take the exam

The CompTIA Security + certification offers foundational knowledge that indicates that certification holders have the hands-on experience and baseline skills needed to perform cybersecurity tasks and prevent security threats. Therefore, the CompTIA Security + certification is in high demand and the cybersecurity market is constantly growing. According to an article on CBT Nuggets, “The market is expected to grow by 170 billion by 2022…” (Zomaya, 2019).

The certification is also vendor neutral meaning that the certification is universal and that you will be able to work with a wider range of tools and across various career fields. Security + certification holders can look forward to job positions such as Security or Systems Administrator. However, they can also work in careers that use baseline security skills such as IT Auditor, Software Developer and IT Project Manager. Earning a Security + certification puts professionals on the path to more advanced careers like Security Engineer or Forensic Analyst as well. Professionals with a Security + certification earn an average of $75, 391 annually. (Payscale, 2020).

Additionally, a Security + certification is recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) as an 8570.01-M-baseline certification which verifies that cyber security professionals have attained the knowledge needed to provide top notch IT expertise to organizations. The certification also meets worldwide technological standards making it compliant with ISO 17024 guidelines as well. (Personal Certification Bodies).

Prepare at Phoenix TS

If you are looking to take the SY0-601, Phoenix TS can help you prepare. Phoenix TS offers a 5-day instructor-led Security+ training which will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to pass CompTIA Security+ Certification exam.  Participants will learn how to secure a network, identify and mitigate risks, and manage access control. This course will discuss the following objectives: 

  • Assess the cybersecurity posture of an enterprise environment
  • Recommend and implement appropriate cybersecurity solutions
  • Monitor and secure hybrid environments
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies
  • Identify, analyze and respond to cybersecurity events and incidents

In addition to the Security+ SY0-601 certification course, Phoenix TS also offers the following courses from CompTIA to help you stay up to date throughout your cybersecurity career:

Visit phoenixts.com or call 240.667.7757 for more details.


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2020, from https://www.comptia.org/blog/comptia-security-501-vs-601

PayScale (2020). Salary for Certification: CompTIA Security+. Retrieved November 8, 2020, from


Personnel Certification Bodies. (n.d.). Retrieved October 4, 2020, from https://www.iasonline.org/

Zomaya, D. (2019, December 18). Is the Security+ Worth It? Retrieved October 30, 2020, from https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/certifications/comptia/is-the-security-worth-it

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