New Security+ book - worth writing it?

Discussion in 'Security+' started by MBITTrain Mat, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. MBITTrain Mat

    MBITTrain Mat Bit Poster

    13
    5
    51
    As well as training, I am also an author. I've now written 2 study guides: A+ and Network+. The A+ book was published through a major publishers and the Net+ was produced independently.

    I am thinking to start work on a Security+. I've taught using the GTS Learning coursebooks, which although are good, I was not a fan of for Sec+ as I found that it focussed heavily on Penetration Testing. It was more about hacking than Network Security per ce. The labs also were linux-heavy using distros used by hackers (e.g. Onion) rather than focussing on the Enterprise Security aspect.

    If I did decide to go ahead with the book I would want to have it ratified by CompTIA as an official book. However I've been in touch with CompTIA recently who intimated that they may be winding up their ratification programme given that they have just bought out GTS learning. That might well have a knock-on effect for other publishers (e.g. Wiley / Sibex) and has put me off writing the book.

    if I publish a Sec+ independently it won't get the volume of sales to justify writing it in the first place given how niche this stuff actually is.

    Any thoughts on this please?
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, Security+, Network+, A+, QTS, QTLS, BA(Hons), PGDip
    WIP: MCSA Office365, MCSA Server 2016, Microsoft Partner Cloud certification
  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Petabyte Poster

    Top Poster
    of the Month

    4,126
    415
    219
    Sounds like you already answered your own question.

    If doing it for profit I wouldn't bother.
    If its labour of love for your students, then why not.
     
    drum_dude likes this.
  3. MBITTrain Mat

    MBITTrain Mat Bit Poster

    13
    5
    51
    I'll admit that I agree.

    However judging by my A+ certification book, that ran to 850 pages. A pretty big labour of love and still to turn a profit despite good sales figures. (Through my publisher I only get 16% so it will take some time to make anything back off the book).
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, Security+, Network+, A+, QTS, QTLS, BA(Hons), PGDip
    WIP: MCSA Office365, MCSA Server 2016, Microsoft Partner Cloud certification
  4. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

    1,664
    92
    135
    Urghh...my initial reply was way off topic. Wrote it after reading an article. Please ignore.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2018
    Certifications: MCP, MCSA 2000 , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS, MCITP Lync 2010 & MCSA 2008, Sonus SATP SBC 1k/2k
    WIP: Hopefully Skype for Business and some Exchange stuff...
  5. JK2447
    Highly Decorated Member Award 500 Likes Award

    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator Premium Member

    6,639
    714
    318
    I found the CompTIA Security+ a very intersting certification to study for. I'd say go for it and get lots and lots of coffee in :gmorning
     
    Certifications: VCP4, VCP5, VCP6, VCP6.5, VMConAWS Skill, BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: VCAP 6.5 DCV (Design)
  6. MBITTrain Mat

    MBITTrain Mat Bit Poster

    13
    5
    51
    I couldn't agree more. Sec+ is vital.

    There are, what we commonly refer to in the training industry the CompTIA triad. These are A+, then Net+ and Sec+ in that order. Later variations of Sec+ such as CySA or PenTest+ are based on the work done in Sec+.
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, Security+, Network+, A+, QTS, QTLS, BA(Hons), PGDip
    WIP: MCSA Office365, MCSA Server 2016, Microsoft Partner Cloud certification
    JK2447 likes this.
  7. JK2447
    Highly Decorated Member Award 500 Likes Award

    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator Premium Member

    6,639
    714
    318
    Excellent. I was once very interested in advanced security and pen testing. I think you have your plan laid out there. Get Sec+ done. Then CySA and PenT+ and you've got a unique selling point selling them all in a pack. Reminds me of the good old days when you would buy a boxed set of books to help pass your MCSE. Good times
    upload_2018-8-26_19-6-51.jpeg
     
    Certifications: VCP4, VCP5, VCP6, VCP6.5, VMConAWS Skill, BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: VCAP 6.5 DCV (Design)
  8. Sparky
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    10,595
    440
    319
    Always like the Sec+. Looking at CEH just now as well :)
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  9. MBITTrain Mat

    MBITTrain Mat Bit Poster

    13
    5
    51
    Ok, ok.

    However the current Sec+ courseware sanctioned by CompTIA I do not lift a candle to. It is ok for PenTesting but Sec+ is a Very Different Beast.

    This is advice from a trainer (20 years experience) who knows this content well.
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, Security+, Network+, A+, QTS, QTLS, BA(Hons), PGDip
    WIP: MCSA Office365, MCSA Server 2016, Microsoft Partner Cloud certification

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.