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Recently I learned how crucial it is for a government System Administrator to have a Security+ certification.  I’m a software engineer, and we don’t have a lot of certifications that can help our career move along.

A Java certification may help you get your feet in the door and recently cloud analytics certifications  became a thing.  Systems Engineers have INCOSE certifications, Test Engineers have the QAI , and if you are a Project Manager I highly recommend the PMP.   Until learning about the DoD’s mandate for Security+, I considered the PMP the best certification you can get in the Tech Industry to get a job.

DoD Directive 8570

So why is Security+ so important?  A Directive put out by the DoD (DoDD 8570) requires that all military, contractors, and civilians with privileged access to DoD information systems complete approved certifications and training.  The landscape of approved certifications is a healthy serving of alphabet soup.  Suffice it to say that Security+ is the base certification that satisfies DoDD 8570 requirements.

Where do I Find training?

I’ve heard that the test is hard.  I’ve also heard from one techno stud that he spent only 2 days studying.  I’m intrigued.  Where do I start?

This weekend, I put together a list of Security+ resources.  Be warned, I have not tried these resources yet and do not endorse them, but I think you will find that they are worth a look.

 “The landscape of approved certifications is a healthy serving of alphabet soup.  Suffice it to say that Security+ is the base certification that satisfies DoDD 8570 requirements.”

Video

Lynda.com is my new favorite career training resource.  Lynda.com offers thousands of online educational courses in software and business.  Lynda.com is owned by the folks at Linked-in.

I like Lynda because the videos are high quality and because I can get it for free!  If you have a premium Linked-in membership, Lynda is included.  I get my access for free through the local library.  I plan on checking out these videos by Mike Chappel on Security+.  One issue with these videos is that they are long.

Audio

Audible.com has several IT exam prep audiobooks available, including a Security+ primer.  Audible.com, offers a free trial of books.

Audio books might not be for everyone, but I love listening to podcasts and audio books during my morning commute.  Listening to audio books is a learned skill and I’ve honed my “listening foo” over the years.  However, this subject might be a little intense.  I’ll let you know if I try it out.

Training

There are a ton of organizations that offer online or instructor led Security+ training.  A quick google search will reveal, free online training and paid instructor led courses.  I’m not going this route, so I will leave you to your google search abilities.

Books

The folks that I know just used a book to study for the Security+ exam.  These are easy to find on Amazon.  I’ve also found several Security+ books at my local library.

When picking tech books I always look at the publication date to see if it was written in the last couple of years.  I found one review  and one forum that recommend Darril Gibson’s “CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide”

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