The CompTIA Security+ exam is CompTIA’s flagship certification. The certification is updated about every three years. Each iteration is numbered according to a series: SY0-301, SY0-401, SY0-501, and SY0-601.
CompTIA updates these exams every three years to keep the material current with the latest cyber security trends. With each update CompTIA changes exam objectives, requirements, and adjusts the weight of testable material.
SY0-501 was released on October 4th 2017 and is set to be retired on July 31st of 2021. This exam represented a huge leap in difficulty and depth for the Security+ exam. It introduced numerous concepts and exam objectives and cemented the Security+ certification as the industry’s leading entry level cyber security certification.
SY0-601 was released November 12th 2020 and will replace the SY0-501 exam on July 31st, 2021. This exam introduces new concepts and represents a 25% increase in testable material from the SY0-501 exam. Basically, this exam will be much tougher than the SY0-501 exam.
So, there are currently two versions of the exam available, the SY0-501 and SY0-601 exams. The reason CompTIA provides an overlap between exam iterations is to allow training providers, like Cyberkraft Training, time to develop training materials for the new content.
Students can choose to take either exam but it is much easier to take the SY0-501 exam than the SY0-601 exam. That is because there is far less content in the SY0-501 exam (25% less), which means students need to memorize less concepts. Our Comprehensive Security+ Course will fully prepare you to ace the SY0-501 exam.
We’ve broken out the differences between the two exams below:
|Launch Date||October 4, 2017||November 12, 2020|
|Exam Description||The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.||The CompTIA Security+ certification exam will verify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to 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|
|Number of Questions||Maximum of 90 questions||Maximum of 90 questions|
|Type of Questions||Multiple choice and performance-based||Multiple choice and performance-based|
|Length of Test||90 minutes||90 minutes|
|Passing Score||750 (on a scale of 100-900)||750 (on a scale of 100-900)|
|Required Experience||No experience is required to take the exam||No experience is required to take the exam|
|Languages||English, Japanese, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese||English, Japanese|
|Retirement||July 31, 2021||Not yet determined but expected to be the spring of 2023|
|Testing Provider||Pearson VUE|
Testing Centers Online Testing
Testing Centers Online Testing
|Exam Price||$370 USD||CompTIA Store Price $370|
Cyberkraft Price $345 USD
|Self-Paced Video Training Price||$398 USD |
(Includes the Official CompTIA Learn+Labs Environment, priced at $199)
|Instructor Led Training Cost||$1980 ($370 exam fee included)|
The focus of the exam has changed significantly in the new iteration. The SY0-601 exam had introduced new exam domains, to include “Operations and Incident Response”. “Technologies and Tools” has been replaced with “Implementation” and “Cryptography and PKI” and “Identity and Access Management” have been eliminated entirely and replaced with “Operations and Incident Response”. “Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities” has also been expanded to include more attack trends.
|CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Domains||CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Exam Domains|
|Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities (21%)|
Technologies and Tools (22%)
Architecture and Design (15%)
Identity and Access Management (16%)
Risk Management (14%)
Cryptography and PKI (12%)
|Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities (24%)|
Architecture and Design (21%)
Operations and Incident Response (16%)
Governance, Risk and Compliance (14%)
|Exam Objectives||Exam Objectives|
So what this means is that Security+ hopefuls will have until July 31st to pass the SY0-501 exam. So now is the time to seek quality training that will help you ace the exam on the first attempt.
Our Security+ Bootcamp will teach you everything you need to pass the exam and earn your Security+ in one week. You are guaranteed to pass with our bootcamp or we’ll pay for your second exam attempt with our Second Shot Guarantee!