Earning the CompTIA Security+ certification allows candidates to hold job positions such as security engineer, information assurance technician, network administrator, systems administrator, security architect, security consultant/specialist, and security administrator. The potential places of employment for those who have this certification include companies in Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Additionally, the Unites States Department of Defense cites the CompTIA Security+ certification as one of the options required for military personnel or contractors. Additionally, both the International Organization for Standardization and the American National Standards Institute lend their accreditation to this certification.
In their daily tasks, candidates with the CompTIA Security+ certification use their knowledge of systems security, access control, organizational security, network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments, and audits. This certification validates a candidate's competency in network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, application security, data security, and host security. A professional with this certification enjoys a number of employment opportunities because they have the skills to anticipate security risks and apply the appropriate measures to guard against them before they occur.
In order to earn this certification, candidates must pass the Security+ exam. The test contains 100 questions, which must be completed with 90 minutes. Prior to taking the exam, candidates are advised to have a Network+ certification and two years of networking experience.