The Security+ (SY-601) Success Story: How I passed it (with BONUS Resources!)

Hey There,

It was a huge relief to have that pass score flash across my screen, after the stressful survey CompTIA offers candidates after finishing their exam.

A million emotions pass by — you fail or pass, go through the whole ordeal again, or face disappointment. I passed through the whole lot until it was confirmed that I was officially Security+ certified.

Well, I am here, penning away this guide, to remove the “disappointment” part of your preparation and to ensure your subsequent pass

Let’s begin

Learning Resources

Below are the resources from where you can learn the concepts required for CompTIA to test you:-

Link to the document — https://comptiacdn.azureedge.net/webcontent/docs/default-source/exam-objectives/comptia-security-sy0-601-exam-objectives-(2-0).pdf

2) Professor Messer’s SY-601 Playlist — This is your key to learning the Sec+ concepts in detail. Professor Messer goes into great detail to teach concepts, citing real-world examples along the way to enforce real learning. Moreover, this resource is free to use for anyone. Salut!

Link to the Playlist — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NE33fpQuw8&list=PLG49S3nxzAnkL2ulFS3132mOVKuzzBxA8

He has curated playlists for all current CompTIA exams, so feel free to use his content, for passing your choice of exam

3)Jason Dion’s Udemy course — I haven't used this, but have heard a lot of good reviews from other test-takers.Some say that combining Dion’s and Messer’s videos are the best way to learn.

His course goes on discount once in a while as well. Subscribe to Udemy to know about occasional discounts, to get the course on the cheap.

Link to the Udemy course — https://www.udemy.com/course/securityplus/

4)Reddit’s wonderful r/CompTIA community — I was a part of the community from the early days of my prep. I highly encourage you to join this wonderful group, where you get to learn from fellow test-takers experiences, ask queries about concepts you don't know, and get discount coupons to use while purchasing the exam voucher

Link to r/CompTIA — https://www.reddit.com/r/CompTIA/

Notes

For the ones who prefer ready made notes,Professor Messer has compiled a pdf notebook just for you!.It is a good resource to cover your knowledge gaps

Link — https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1p-04wXO0v9OkBzbsEMEo4v7aXIgdiaQw

Should I take the Network+ before attempting the Security+?

Now, what about the questions asked in the exam?

Recommended Books to use

Having no physical books to study from, a few Google Dorking tricks up my sleeve got me the pdf versions of the following guides:-

Link to Books — https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1z1T1Q5eLDJXEpgcfwo7ZxQ0puFrNMgpW?usp=sharing

Topics to pay extra attention to:-

Acronyms from the Sec+ Objectives pdf and ports from the below resource:-

Add the following ports and their names to the list

Network Time Protocol (NTP) — Port 123

MySQL — Port 3306

Viruses and Worms sometimes operate on ports 4444 and 5000

Additional Resources:-

Anki Flashcards — Not a huge fan, but it does work for certain people, List down the concepts and acronyms that you have a hard time remembering and create your flashcards, to retain concepts in a better manner

Command/Cheat sheets-Plenty of them can be found online

Ian Neil’s free Sec+ resources — www.securityplus.training — contains free resources, flashcards, lab exercises, flashcards, and PBQ’s to boost your prep

Practice Exams

After you are all washed up with the acquired knowledge, it's time to put them to the test! It is always good to test yourself from multiple sources. In this section, I recommend the following:-

Link — https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AxA8H9kHB_6kRMSLXMkiUWK8-F3MzyMT/view?usp=drivesdk

Link — https://www.udemy.com/course/security-601-exams/

Link — https://www.examcompass.com/comptia/security-plus-certification/free-security-plus-practice-tests

NOTE: Follow from page 595 and onwards from Mike’s book to redeem your promo code and practice questions on Total Seminars

Tips for effective learning:-

Password Complexity — Helped change the passwords of relatives,into something more complex,rather than something that a script kiddie would try

Changing my mobile hotspot security to WPA3-Personal (more secure),from the default WPA2 Personal type

Switching off Bluetooth after use,rather than leaving it open,preventing exposure to Bluesniff and Bluejacking attempts

SaaS — Utility tools we use everyday like SmallPdf are cloud hosted applications,available to us with the help of a laptop.

Voucher Purchase

Great! You have finished the exam prep, learned a few new concepts, got some MCQ’s wrong along the way, and now here you are, the most important hurdle — scheduling the exam

Voucher code that you can use —PEARSON10 — Save 10% off on your purchase

Tips for effective test-taking:-

Miscellaneous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T_NL8BFOeA

Link to CompTIA’s official store — store.comptia.org

To buy exam vouchers on the cheap — These vouchers are close to their expiry dates and hence are offered at a lower price. Make sure to read the voucher’s description and check the regions where it can be used. A USA & Canada voucher is not applicable for someone living in Europe.

Conclusion:-

I do hope this guide helped you, no matter what stage of preparation that you are in. If you have made it here, consider leaving a clap for the article.

Connect with me on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/noel-varghese

Until then, I wish you all the best for your Sec+ exam. Believe in yourself, you’ve got it!

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