CySA+ is a baseline certification offered by CompTIA and it has become an industry-standard certification that is also approved by the DoD 8570 mandate, and it covers several foundational cybersecurity topics. Many organizations and corporations are actively searching for certified cybersecurity professionals and the average salary of someone with a CySA certification is $80,000 a year.
Know the Exam
The CySA+ certification verifies successful candidates who enhance the knowledge and skills to configure and pursue threat detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, and with an end goal of securing and protecting applications. This exam will consist of a maximum of 85 multiple choice and performance-based questions with a passing score of at least 750 (scale of 100-900). The candidate will have a total length of 165 minutes to complete the exam. CompTIA recommends that the candidate should have a minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on experience as well as starting level certifications such as Security + and Network +.
Skills You Will Gain
The CySA+ exam covers four different skill sets. These four skill sets are as followed:
- Threat Management: Apply environmental reconnaissance techniques using appropriate tools, analyzing results, and implementing the recommended response.
- Vulnerability Management: Implement the vulnerability management process and analyze the results of the scan.
- Security Architecture & Tool Sets: Use data to recommend remediation of security issues related to identity and access management and recommend implementation strategy while participating in the Software Development Life Cycle.
- Cyber-Incident Response: Distinguish threat data to determine the incident impact and prepare a toolkit with appropriate forensics tools, communication strategy, and best practices as a response.
Take a Practice Test
The best way to see if you are ready to take the exam is by taking a practice test or quiz, and CompTIA will give you a free set of practice questions if you visit their website and fill out a quick form. These questions will give you a good example of what to expect on the real exam and gauge your body of knowledge.
Rest Well and Stay Focused!
This is probably really simple advice that everyone has heard before a big exam, but it works. Being well-rested and eating a light breakfast will help greatly while testing. Studies have shown that stretching, taking deep breaths, and drinking water help with focus while test-taking and generates better results.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. I tried to give you the information that you would find useful if you are going to use self-study as your primary method to prepare for the CySA+ exam, but not everyone learns the same and some prefer a classroom-based session. SecureNinja is here to help and with our CySA+ Certification boot camp, you can be certified in less than 5 days.
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