Advise on exams

leekleek Posts: 11Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello,

I was recently certified in CCNA and MCTS and am looking to persue a position in the security field.

Would it be benificial to continue on to MCSA Security Secialist as I think I could get this relatively quickly

I.e. 70-290, 70-291, 70-620 (already have), 70-299, Comptia Security+

Then move on to CCSP ?

Is the Security+ beneficial ? as I am worried at the cost and high pass mark needed.

Many thanks
Lee

Comments

  • livenliven Posts: 918Member
    Sec+ is probably one of the hardest comptia exams, but not very hard compared to CCNA...

    But to do CCSP it is pretty good to have some hands on experience.

    I am heading down that road because ASA, IPS, VPNs and soon the MARS are large part of my day to day routine... If I was not using this gear on a regular basis I would probably not go for CCSP...


    I took the security plus and really enjoyed the subject matter. Plus it is a good primer for other security related certs (CEH, SSCP, CISSP etc...)...

    Hope that helps
    encrypt the encryption, never mind my brain hurts.
  • leekleek Posts: 11Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    cool, thanks for the info.

    I done a fair amount of study for the sec+ about 3 years ago and found it really interesting.

    To be honest I think I am just trying to put off the CCSP as I found the CCNA quite tough.

    If I do the MCSA in security (which I think I can bang out in a month or two as I know microsoft inside and out) and use the Security+ as one of the exams I can hit 2 birds with one stone.

    Is the pass mark for Security+ as high as I have read ? something like only 4 incorrect answers out of the 100 in the test ? If so I think I'll skip this as I am financing these exams and cant afford to throw away £150 if I get 5+ questions wrong.

    I currently work as a network performance anaylst for an MPLS network so really I should be doing the CCIP, however security is what interests me so I am persuing this route. I am hoping that with a MCSA +S, a CCNA, a MCTS and a Security+ I may be able to get into a security role then start on my CCSP as I will be (hopefully) using the hardware regularly.

    L
  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    Here is the details on the Security+ exam: http://techexams.net/co_securityplus.shtml

    It's relatively high, but I don't think it's as extreme as only missing four questions.

    I'm not sure exactly how the questions correspond with the scale, but 764/900 is approximately 85%. Since the test is 100 questions, it looks like you can miss around 15.
  • AhriakinAhriakin SupremeNetworkOverlord Posts: 1,800Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    The Security+ is an excellent intro course. It's not only good as an elective for the MCSA/MCSE security but you'll find the later MS security exams actually recommend it as a reference. Also the CCSP - SND exam is essentially a Cisco-centric Security+ (tougher though). Definitely do it before the CCSP, if nothing else it will test your dedication to InfoSec :).
    We responded to the Year 2000 issue with "Y2K" solutions...isn't this the kind of thinking that got us into trouble in the first place?
  • leekleek Posts: 11Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Ahriakin wrote:
    The Security+ is an excellent intro course. It's not only good as an elective for the MCSA/MCSE security but you'll find the later MS security exams actually recommend it as a reference. Also the CCSP - SND exam is essentially a Cisco-centric Security+ (tougher though). Definitely do it before the CCSP, if nothing else it will test your dedication to InfoSec :).

    Great advise, looks like may planned route is the right way to go.

    Thanks !
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