Updated CompTIA Security+ Exam Now Available

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Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — Oct. 13
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a provider of vendor-neutral certifications for the world’s technology workforce, announced the updated CompTIA Security+ certification exam is scheduled for worldwide availability on Oct. 14.

The 2008 edition of the CompTIA Security+ exam places greater emphasis on knowing how to address specific security issues, rather than simply being able to recognize these issues. The new exam covers six major objectives: Systems Security, Network Infrastructure, Access Control, Assessments and Audits, Cryptography and Organizational Security.

“CompTIA Security+ serves as a solid foundation as it demonstrates a deeper understanding than some of the other computer security certifications available today,” said Sam Brothers, senior digital forensics analyst for U.S. Customs. “Coming from a very technical environment, CompTIA Security+ certification enables us to identify more desirable candidates and plays a role in our decision-making process.”

Organizations across a wide range of industries — including professional services, agriculture and food, information technology, telecommunications, government and the United States military — use CompTIA Security+ as a skills benchmark for IT staff members who manage systems and network security.

In addition, government security requirements such as U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570 mandate that department employees or contractors engaged in work related to information security are required to be certified. The directive specifies CompTIA Security+ as a choice for Information Assurance Technician Level II and Information Assurance Manager I.

A 2008 CompTIA survey of more than 2,000 individuals with responsibilities for information security found that more organizations are requiring security certifications, such as CompTIA Security+, for their IT staff because certified staff is better able to identify potential security risks proactively and to respond more quickly when security breaches do occur.

The CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition) exam will be available at Prometric or Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. The new exam will initially be in English, with other languages to follow.

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