assed Security+ 9/19/2016 !!!

AntWrigAntWrig Member Posts: 7 ■□□□□□□□□□
I passed yesterday with a score of 780/900 and I am not ashamed of that score. I have worked in a NOC environment (admittedly) most of it on the back-end, provisioning, etc but still. This test was much harder than the CCNA, I recently passed earlier this year. Make no mistake about it. You better have some knowledge of networking. I used Darril Gibson's book, while good, it's NOT enough to pass.

I encountered some question, that had me like, are you serious? I look at this is being so sheltered I guess but I stand by what I said. This isn't an entry level test. When you take, you better have a basic understanding.

What should you study?
Technical, operational, and management controls
Off the wall, wireless scenarios
Web based attacks


  • Infosec85Infosec85 Member Posts: 192 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on your pass! Very surprised you found it more difficult than CCNA. Whats up next?
  • KalabasterKalabaster Member Posts: 86 ■■□□□□□□□□
    You really need a P before that first word, or a "c" instead of those 2 "s".
    Certifications: A+, Net+, Sec+, Project+, Linux+/LPIC-1/SUSE CLA, C|EH, eWPT, GMON, GWAPT, GCIH, eCPPT, GPEN, GXPN, OSCP, CISSP.
    WGU, BS-IT, Security: C178, C255, C100, C132, C164, C173, C172, C480, C455, ORA1, C182, C168, C394, C393, C451, C698, C697, C176, C456, C483, C170, C175, C169, C299, C246, C247, C376, C179, C278, C459, C463, C435, C436.
    Legend: Completed, In-Progress, Next
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,781 Mod
    assed? aced? what? Congrats.:D
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • nisti2nisti2 Member Posts: 502 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratss on your *ass you miss the P :D:D:D:D
    2020 Year goals:
    Already passed: Oracle Cloud, AZ-900
    Taking AZ-104 in December.

    "Certs... is all about IT certs!"
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,927 Mod
    HAHA! Based on the title I though you were bragging about failing. Remember: never forget to "P" at the very beginning. LOL

    Congrats then! icon_smile.gif
  • danny069danny069 Member Posts: 1,025 ■■■■□□□□□□
    CCNA was probably easier for you because you work in the networking field, that being said, congrats! and what's next?
    I am a Jack of all trades, Master of None
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,684 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on the pass. It is a challenging exam, so good on you for conquering it.

    @cyberguypr...I always recommend that before an exam. Too funny.
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  • cbdcbd Member Posts: 16 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass! Totally was a hard test for me too. I got a 781.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Teradata Assc 16, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014, CSM Member Posts: 2,724 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Reminds me of Requiem of a Dream.
  • AntWrigAntWrig Member Posts: 7 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for all the support. Yeah, I tried to edit the title with little success. Anyway, regarding my career path. I have been in the IT field since I was 18. I am now 36 and most of that time has been in a NOC environment. With my experience, I am doing pretty well, but now I want more of a challenge. I also want and know I can make more money. So, security has always interested me.

    From my research there appears to be two competing paths. One suggests going down the networking (R/S) route until the CCNP level, and then focus on the security side. I can see that argument, because I do believe you need a foundation in networking. Also, if all else fails, you will 100% find a job doing networking admin/engineering work. The second line of thinking is going straight for the security certs. My problem with that track is I don't have the experience with SOC methods, tools, etc. It seems now, I may have to take a Tier 1 SOC level job and build the experience. I will be honest with you, that right now or probably will never be an option. So, I don't know.

    I will take remaining of the week off to think some things out. Coming Monday though, I will be back on that grind, on whatever track I choose. I would love to hear all suggestions.
  • AntWrigAntWrig Member Posts: 7 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Kalabaster wrote: »
    You really need a P before that first word, or a "c" instead of those 2 "s".
    Well played.
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