Passed: thoughts on exam prep
I'm pleased to say I passed the exam (scored in the 830s). The exam was more challenging than I expected. I felt well prepared, but some of the questions were ambiguous. This was frustrating because I know the material they were asking about, but had some trouble interpreting the angle of the question. Here's what I did to prepare:
- Read (cover to cover) Security+ Get Certified Ahead by Darril Gibson
- Read (cover to cover) All-In-One Security+ Exam Guide by Conklin & White
- Completed all practice questions in each book
- Created and reviewed flash cards for all key concepts
- Completed all practice questions from learnsmart systems (A+ Exam Printable - Exam printables for A+, Network+, Security+, MCSE, MCSA, MCDBA, and more)
- Completed all practice questions from Boson (CompTIA SY0-301 Security+ Practice Exam | Boson)
- Completed all CompTIA practice questions (Sample Questions).
- Completed other practice questions from various sources on the web
- Very well written and easy to read
- Explains difficult concepts in easy to understand terms
- Sticks to only those topics covered by the exam
- Very good coverage of injection attacks
- Complex topics were sometimes cut short and I often had unanswered questions after reading a topic, especially IPSec, cryptography, and the difference between all-in-one security appliances and web security gateways.
- Makes the exam seem easier than it really is.
- Deeper technical coverage of complex topics. The following topic were covered exceptionally well and in far greater depth than Gibson's book:
- Legal, privacy, and ethics issues
- DNS zone transfers
- Web components
- More difficult to read than Gibson's book. Although often eloquent, the sentences were often long and complex. I often found myself rereading sentences to understand them.
- Coverage is broader than what is required for the Security+ exam. Now that I'm studying for the CISSP, this book seems to extend somewhat into CISSP material.
- Not organized as well as Gibson's book and often key items were not bulleted.
If you like my comments or questions, you can show appreciation by clicking on the reputation badge/star icon near the lower left of my post.