Brand New to Security -- Where to begin?

kardabkardab Member Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
I am brand new to the security field...the last 10 years being in QA. I have just received a job in IA and have been told I have 6 months to get Security+ certified. Where is the best place to begin -- specific books? websites? what is the test like?

This newbie will be grateful for any and all advice/help.

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    NetAdmin2436NetAdmin2436 Member Posts: 1,076
    Check out the technotes on this site.

    I'd also get a book from Amazon.

    Then finish it up with a good practice exam from Transcender, preplogic, ect..

    Good luck and have fun!
    WIP: CCENT/CCNA (.....probably)
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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    +1 for the Syngress book and Transcender. You could add CBT Nuggets if you want as well.

    Welcome to the forums, and good luck!
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    ITEducationProITEducationPro Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□

    The IT Security Skills and Certification Map on SCP's website might help make sense of the hundreds of options.


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    goforthbmerrygoforthbmerry Member Posts: 244
    I see that some one already suggested the Sybex book. The second most recommended book is from Syngress. One is good where the other lacks detail. They compliment each other well. Between those two books, the TechNotes from this site (highly recommended), and the Transcender test prep. You will be fine. Remember the test is broad but not deep. For example, don't spend too much time breaking down the different encrytion types. Just know whether they are symmetric or asymmetric and the difference between the two types. Go back a few months of these forums and read posts for other valuable hints.

    Spend the time, learn the material and you will be fine. 6 months is easily enough time to learn enogh to pass Security+. If you have any questions about the material you read, post them here. You will find this a community very willing to help others who really want to understand the material and pass the test without cheating.

    Good Luck and welcome to the Security+ forum.
    Going for MCSE:security, Intermediate ITIL, PMP
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