Passed Sec+, thoughts

LittleBITLittleBIT Member Posts: 320 ■■■■□□□□□□
Hello TE,

After 2 weeks of studying, I passed the Sec+ exam.

I only used Darril's book for this (Darril, I know you'll comment on this later, but you have one awsome book and I would recommend it to anyone going for this exam). I also used TE's Port Quiz.

I would recommend that people remember common ports (TCP and UDP) and what they are used for (SCP, FTPS, SSH, SSL, etc)
I would also recommend you memorize all your attacks and testing.

That's 3 Certifications in 2 months time. Hopefully I can make it 4 if I go for my Project+ or Network+, then ITIL :)

To all, I wish you the best of luck, the test was actually 'easier' then my Server+ exam, where I had 0 resources to study from except the ConCise Study Guide.

The questions were vague to say the lease, some were kind of ... wierd? I dont know. The 5 Sims were a cake walk actually. One of my questions actually froze up, had to reset it and it came back. (I know this has come up a few times for test takers)

All in all, good exam.

LittleBit
Kindly doing the needful

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  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass and awesome job on the exam progress!
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  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Member Posts: 844
    Congratulations!
    Good Luck with Net+ or Project+.
  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    Congratulations on the pass and great to hear the book helped you nail it. Three certs in two months is awesome. Good luck on your Project+ next.
  • coralreefguycoralreefguy Member Posts: 98 ■■□□□□□□□□
    LittleBIT wrote: »
    Hello TE,

    After 2 weeks of studying, I passed the Sec+ exam.

    I only used Darril's book for this (Darril, I know you'll comment on this later, but you have one awsome book and I would recommend it to anyone going for this exam). I also used TE's Port Quiz.

    I would recommend that people remember common ports (TCP and UDP) and what they are used for (SCP, FTPS, SSH, SSL, etc)
    I would also recommend you memorize all your attacks and testing.

    That's 3 Certifications in 2 months time. Hopefully I can make it 4 if I go for my Project+ or Network+, then ITIL :)

    To all, I wish you the best of luck, the test was actually 'easier' then my Server+ exam, where I had 0 resources to study from except the ConCise Study Guide.

    The questions were vague to say the lease, some were kind of ... wierd? I dont know. The 5 Sims were a cake walk actually. One of my questions actually froze up, had to reset it and it came back. (I know this has come up a few times for test takers)

    All in all, good exam.

    LittleBit
    Could you perhaps elaborate on the simulation questions? Thanks!
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  • LittleBITLittleBIT Member Posts: 320 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I can't go into specifics because it'll violate policy.

    However, I will tell you that they are stupid easy and if you understand BASIC definitions of items and what they are used for, you'll be good. I don't think anyone here will disagree that the sims were hard by any stretch.

    Again, know your ports, types of attacks, types of tools and you will be fine.
    Kindly doing the needful
  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    Could you perhaps elaborate on the simulation questions? Thanks!

    The biggest thing about these is that they are somewhat new and unknown and if they are unexpected they really surprise people. Like LittleBIT mentions, they really aren't that difficult if you know the underlying concepts covered by the objectives. There are some good resources on the Internet for these. Google "blog performance based questions" and you'll find some. Good luck.
  • DAVIS NGUYENDAVIS NGUYEN Member Posts: 1,472 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass icon_thumright.gif
  • LittleBITLittleBIT Member Posts: 320 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Quick question Darril, if you have any insight on this. Can you advise on any route I should take? Whether it's CISSP, CASP or SSCP? Or should I stick and go Net+ and maybe Project+?

    I'm planning on going into contracting for the government.
    Kindly doing the needful
  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    That might be a quick question, but there isn't an easy answer. Contracting for the government can be a wide variety of jobs. The Network+ will help you have a solid foundation (A+, Network+, Security+) in IT and help ensure you have the knowledge to progress to other paths. The CISSP is highly valued in many government IT jobs, but it is difficult. Some people do the SSCP as a stepping stone on the path to the CISSP and that is often worthwhile. Recently, the government began giving the CASP an almost equal value as the CISSP and it is significantly easier. I am not aware of any government contracting jobs that require the Project+ cert.

    Hope this helps.
  • LittleBITLittleBIT Member Posts: 320 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I appreciate the help Darril.

    I am taking a break from CompTIA and pursuing my ITIL for now, should have it in about two weeks if I study. I may get the Net+ right after and move toward CASP. Did you write a book or have a recommendation for Net+?
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  • WGUGeekGirlWGUGeekGirl Member Posts: 55 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on passing! icon_thumright.gif
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  • DarrilDarril Member Posts: 1,588
    LittleBIT wrote: »
    Did you write a book or have a recommendation for Net+?
    I do have a lot of resources available on the Network+ and am currently working on putting together some online resources to help people pass this. I'll announce the pieces in my newsletter when they are ready. You can also check out the Network+ links on the blog page but it isn't appropriate for me to put the actual links in this post.
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