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Sec+ - study and take now or wait for new exam ?

Discussion in 'Security+' started by UKDarkstar, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Title says it all really.

    What do you guys think ?

    Better to wait or take the old exam now ?

    This is with a view to helping me secure a job (got the experience already, looking for paper certs to bump up CV)
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    I would get the A+ and N+ then take the newer security + exam.
     
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  3. UKDarkstar
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    I don't really need the A+ or N+ as I'm beyond that level and doing MCSE just to "rubber stamp" my experience.

    I'm really looking for quick niche type studies to enhance my job applications and have seen several vacancies mentioning security.

    Just wondered if the new exam was really going to be worth waiting for or grab the old one now.
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    ok, I would wait for the newer one since it'll be more up to date.
     
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  5. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Yeh, I was coming around to that conclusion myself. Just checked Amazon and there are books listed already for publication starting in November.

    Hopefully I'll be back working before that (:eek:) and I may be better off concentrating on MCSE and other stuff.

    Cheers
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    I saw those books myself the other day, thats why I was thinking if the books are on the way then its probably best to go for the newer one.
     
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  7. Neil

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    Sorry for being a little late here, but I just saw the update on CompTIA's site and decided to pay a first time visit to the Security+ Forums! :biggrin

    I downloaded BOTH the old/current and 2008 Objectives from CompTIA and scanned them through. I would naturally wait and write the new one as you'll get a long time to study. But I see that there's a BIG difference between the old objectives and the 2008 version. Quote from CompTIA:

    So they're taking a different approach and also cover SIX objectives in the new exam rather than five from the current old one. So newer means "harder"........but I agree that these are things we NEED to know whether they're hard or not, as Security is the #1 priority in the networking world we live in.

    My only question is: WHEN will the "old" exam be retired? June 2009???

    Thanks in advance for your replies! 8)
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    Well, just because there are six objectives instead of five, that doesn't automatically mean that the new exam will be harder - it just means that the exam is broader in scope. But perhaps it doesn't go as deep into a section as it once did... thereby making it easier from that perspective. So it's hard to say whether it'll be harder, easier, or about the same.

    According to this CompTIA link, SY0-101 will be retired Jul. 31, 2009.
     
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  9. Neil

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    Thanks mate, that's the link I've been looking for on CompTIA, but couldn't find! 8)
     
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