Passed CSA+

veroniicaveroniica Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello,


I've recently passed CSA+. As study material I've used the following:


CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) Study Guide (Sybex) + https://testbanks.wiley.com/
- even if it has several errors (most of them have already been addressed, the list of errata can be found here: Wiley: CompTIA CSA+ Study Guide: Exam CS0-001 - Mike Chapple, David Seidl), I think it's the best resource so far
- I found the labs useless and skipped them
- I liked it better than the Pearson IT Certification's book as it's more reader-friendly - gives more real life examples and URLs for more details on certain topics (resources that are actually useful)
- on the testbanks website are the questions from the quizes and also several bonus questions (that are not in the book)


CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) Cert Guide (Pearson IT Certification)
- follows closely the certification exam objectives, it literally takes every subject mentioned there and talks about it. I found this approach to be rigid and boring.
- there are some topics here that aren't mentioned in the Sybex book (certain types of attacks)


The free quizes and samples from GTS learning
- I only took the practice exam, it wasn't really helpful (not much different from the CertMaster questions or the quizes from the books) and had some typos too (something IP address-related)


The questions from CertMaster
- I bought the Deluxe edition for the retake and got access to CertMaster as well
- ok for reinforcing what you've learned
- no log analysis / hands-on questions


The questions from Transcender
- ok for reinforcing what you've learned
- several log analysis questions


I've used the certification exam objectives and made sure I understand each specified topic and know what each mentioned tool does / is used for.


Most of the questions were scenario-based - you were given some logs / output from some tool and had to interpret it, but there were several really straight-forward questions as well.


I studied for almost 2 months, ~5 hours a day. I have 1.5 years of experience as a security analyst and have also passed Security+, SSCP and CEH.


It was fun taking the exam :)

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  • MashoTGMashoTG Posts: 31Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
    So cert master and the sybex book was enough you think? I read about half of the sybex books and like you said, a good portion of the labs seem rather pointless. I'm hoping the exam isn't TOO simulation heavy.
  • p@r0tuXus[email protected] Posts: 532Registered Members
    Congratulations!
    Completed: ITIL-F, A+, S+, CCENT, CCNA R|S
    In Progress: Linux+/LPIC-1, Python, Bash
    Upcoming: eJPT, C|EH, CSA+, CCNA-Sec, PA-ACE
  • 3online3online Posts: 19Registered Members ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats! I am also studying for it. I have broken down all of the objectives, and have plenty of notes. PM me if you are interested.
  • ThePawofRizzoThePawofRizzo Senior Member Posts: 379Registered Members ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats.

    I took the CSA+ beta and passed, and used CEH books as a study guide to prep at the time as there was, obviously, no CSA+ specific material. While certainly not exact, I thought a lot of the CEH material lined up well with CSA+, and having already taken Security+ supplemented as well.

    Now that there is CSA+ specific material I would recommend anyone interested in CSA+ go that route, but if someone has access to some CEH training to supplement without breaking the bank, it is something to consider.
  • ErtazErtaz Posts: 861Registered Members ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! Well done. I enjoyed that one myself. What's next for you?
  • veroniicaveroniica Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks! :)


    MashoTG, I don't think that only reading the Sybex book and doing the CertMaster questions is enough without previous experience or any other related knowledge, like basic scripting / programming, CEH. There aren't many simulations, but most of the questions give you some kind of output and ask you to analyze it - so when CompTIA says it's hands-on, it really means it.


    ThePawofRizzo, I found the CEH materials to be really useful as well.


    Ertaz, I'm not sure yet, I'm oscillating between Linux+ and GCIH.
  • mrvl13mrvl13 Posts: 44Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass, I am currently studying for the exam, what were some of the outputs and from what tools... NMAP,NESSUS,......?
  • deathbatcountrydeathbatcountry Junior Member Posts: 6Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
    3online wrote: »
    Congrats! I am also studying for it. I have broken down all of the objectives, and have plenty of notes. PM me if you are interested.

    I'm currently studying for it as well. I've read Troy McMillian's book, and just ordered the Sybex book. I passed Sec+ on July 3rd, and wanted to move right into this..

    You specifically mentioned that you have notes? If you were willing to share your notes I would be eternally grateful.
  • romeospadreromeospadre Posts: 5Registered Members ■□□□□□□□□□
    Notes?, yes please fella!
  • brasqobrasqo Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on passing, and thank you for sharing the study materials you used.
  • SteveLavoieSteveLavoie Posts: 551Registered Members ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! Thanks for the info, I was wondering if I should pursue the CSA+.
  • ThePawofRizzoThePawofRizzo Senior Member Posts: 379Registered Members ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats! Thanks for the info, I was wondering if I should pursue the CSA+.


    I say to anyone considering this exam, that they should go for it. It is a good foundational certification, and I think it will get some better traction
    than some other certs.
  • meni0nmeni0n Posts: 63Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
    I'm trying to find good practice tests but can't seem to find anything great. I tried Udemy but that wasn't very good. I am now using the Pearson IT practice exams after buying the deluxe ebook from them on discount. The questions here are better worded and seems like they make you think. Anyone have any recommendations for good practice tests and log review.
  • yoba222yoba222 Posts: 882Registered Members ■■■■□□□□□□
    meni0n wrote: »
    I'm trying to find good practice tests but can't seem to find anything great. I tried Udemy but that wasn't very good. I am now using the Pearson IT practice exams after buying the deluxe ebook from them on discount. The questions here are better worded and seems like they make you think. Anyone have any recommendations for good practice tests and log review.

    Not sure on the practice exams. I'm going to use the two that come in the Mike Chapple Sybex book and the one from the Jason Dion Udemy. There appear to be three Udemy courses now (and a 'fourth' on Safaribooks).

    For logging, here's a great 8-page article with example logs for Cisco Firewall and routers:
    https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/security-center/identify-incidents-via-syslog.html

    The common theme among practice exams seems to be that they're weak on log reading questions, while the real exam is rather heavy on log reading questions. That reference is courtesy of Jason Dion from his Udemy course (which I dropped $12 on).
    Obtained: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | CySA+ | PenTest+ | CAPM | eJPT | CCNA R&S | CCNA CyberOps | GCIH | LFCS
    2018: Virtual Hacking Labs
    2019: eCPPT &/or OSCP | CISSP
  • meni0nmeni0n Posts: 63Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks, I just got Dion's tests but it seems like every time I find a new source of questions i feel like I've been studying the wrong material because some of those questions make you go "what the hell are you talking about"
  • tmurphy3100tmurphy3100 Posts: 146Registered Members ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats! Just picked up the study guide from Amazon--only $25! There are 2 left at this price.
    2018 Goals: CCNA R&S, CySA+, and VCP6.5
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