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CompTIA Security+ 601 vs. 701: What Has Changed

Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023 (Updated Friday, December 22, 2023)

CompTIA Security+ 601 vs. 701: What Has Changed
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CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 vs. SY0-701

The landscape of cybersecurity is ever-evolving, and CompTIA ensures that its Security+ certification stays ahead of the curve. The introduction of the new CompTIA Security+ (SY0-701) aims to address the latest trends and techniques in cybersecurity, focusing on core technical skills essential for professionals in the field. Let's delve into the key differentiators between the SY0-601 and SY0-701 exams.

Key Enhancements in SY0-701

The SY0-701 exam emphasizes the most critical technical skills required for high-performance cybersecurity roles. These skills include:

  • Assessing the security posture of an enterprise environment and implementing suitable security solutions.
  • Monitoring and securing hybrid environments, covering cloud, mobile, IoT, and operational technology (OT).
  • Operating with an awareness of relevant regulations, governance principles, risk management, and compliance.
  • Identifying, analyzing, and responding to security events and incidents.

Additionally, 20% of the exam objectives were updated to include:

  • Current Trends: Addressing the latest trends in threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, automation, zero trust, risk, IoT, OT, and cloud environments.
  • Hybrid Environments: Incorporating the latest techniques for cybersecurity professionals working in both cloud and on-premises hybrid environments.

Domain Comparison: SY0-601 vs. SY0-701

Let's compare the domains of the SY0-601 and SY0-701 exams:

SY0-601 Exam Domains:

  1. Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities (24%)
  2. Architecture and Design (21%)
  3. Implementation (25%)
  4. Operations and Incident Response (16%)
  5. Governance, Risk, and Compliance (14%)
  6. General Security Concepts (12%)

SY0-701 Exam Domains:

  1. Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Mitigations (22%)
  2. Security Architecture (18%)
  3. Security Operations (28%)
  4. Security Program Management and Oversight (20%)

SY0-701 maintains the same number of exam domains as SY0-601 but features fewer objectives (28 vs. 35). This reduction reflects a more focused job role in a maturing industry. Some exam domains and objectives were re-ordered and re-named for instructional design improvements, showcasing CompTIA's commitment to relevance and exam integrity.

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