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Earn Your CompTIA Cybersecurity Certification

Securing data is a key role in organizations of every size and type. This creates significant opportunities for professionals who can keep online data safe and private. The CompTIA Security+ certification is considered a global standard for validating cybersecurity skills. This 100% online course will help you master the basics of system security, network infrastructure, access control, and organizational security. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ certification SY0-501 exam. Excelsior College accepts 3 credits towards a degree program for successful completion of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

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Job Outlook for CompTIA Security+ Professionals

Online CompTIA Security+ Certification Course FAQs

Data security firm Netwrix considers the CompTIA Security+ the ideal certification for those entering the cybersecurity field. Although other certifications may offer subject matter and challenges that dive deeper into specific issues that are more appropriate for seasoned professionals, the Security+ certification process and exams fit ideally with the needs of new security professionals.

As a certification for entry-level or ground-floor career opportunities, CompTIA Security+ certification holders often work in jobs with titles such as:

  • Junior IT Auditor/ Penetration Tester
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Administrator

The Security+ exam is a comprehensive test of your ability to:

  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot systems to ensure the security of applications, networks, and devices
  • Detect, analyze, and mitigate threats to systems and information
  • Participate in activities that mitigate and address risks to information and devices
  • Be aware of and follow policies, laws, and regulations as applicable
  • Support network operations, information, and devices following the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability

Although many cybersecurity jobs require access to highly confidential information, including systems configurations, CompTIA notes that many support and user-facing jobs are shifting to a remote or work from home (WFH) basis. Especially given secure connections and reliable protocols, network security may offer opportunities for remote careers.

Online CompTIA Security+ Certification Course Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take the course. However, CompTIA recommends having up to two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus for the Security+ exam.


  • Security Attacks and Cryptography

    Malware and social engineering attacks, basic cryptography

  • Security and Networking

    Advanced cryptography and PKI, application and networking-based attacks, network security devices, design, and technology

  • Securing Networks and Clients

    Administering a secure network, wireless network security, client and application security

  • Mobile Security and Access Management

    Mobile and embedded device security, authentication, account and access management

  • Business Continuity and Risk Mitigation

    Vulnerability assessment and data security, backup and recovery, implementing software RAID


David Grimes
David Grimes has more than 10 years of management and leadership experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Grimes is passionate about technology and education, having worked as academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, both in technology education.

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