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Value of Security+ (Passed Net+ recently)

Discussion in 'Security+' started by sendalot, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. sendalot

    sendalot Nibble Poster

    So, I recently passed Net+(with certforum-your help) and I hear Net+ is kind of minimum to have nowadays.

    For Security+, do employers want this as well?

    I had an impression on 'Security' that, even with the certification, they would not hire those without experience.

    I am a graduate student in Networking and want to increase my chances.

    Your advice would be great.

    WIP: A+
  2. Coupe2T

    Coupe2T Megabyte Poster

    I'm sure you will have many different opinions on this, but unless you specifically want to get into Network Security, then I wouldn't bother!

    Even if you did it's arguable that you would be much better served looking towards the CCENT and CCNA. Again, quite subjective but I have never ever seen a job posting mentions the Security+! It's also important however that you don't over qualify yourself! If you have zero IT experience in a professional arena and still looking to break in, then maybe it's worthwhile but for me personally I would still look more towards CCENT etc! You can always specialise into Securtity at a later point within the Cisco structure!
    Certifications: ECDL, Does that Count!?!
  3. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

    Back when I did Security+, it taught me some interesting terms (e.g. Man Trap) and things to consider in a security sense.
    The exam per se was very easy (things could have changed over the years) and I passed easily. Whilst the exam wasn't cheap (more expensive than MCP's if I recall), the amount of time I had to put into it (effort wise) and what I got back in knowledge, was a good balance. Basically, it ended up being a rather interesting exam for someone like me, I found the topics quite fascinating.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, MCDST, MOS, CIW, Comptia
    WIP: Win7/Lync2010/MCM
  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I read a book for two weeks then passed it. So its an easy exam and quite interesting.

    Is it worth the money or will it get you a job, unlikely.

    The best thing for me was that I used it as my MCSA elective and jobs do ask for the MCSA.
  5. GW

    GW Byte Poster

    Since I'm currently in the job market I've seen the requirement for this exam pop up several times for jobs that deal with government jobs or companies that deal with government or military contracts so if you want to get a job working in a company that deals with such at least in the US a lot of them are requiring the Sercurity+ certification for even the low-end IT jobs since they want you to have at least the basic security understanding even if your job is not going to be dealing with the security aspects of the network.

    Since where I live in the US there is quite a few companies that deal with government and military contracts so at some point I will pony up the cash and take the exam so I have a shot of getting a job in one of those companies. If you are not in an area that has a lot of companies such as those it might not be worth going for.

    Certifications: MCP x4, CompTia x3
    WIP: Cisco CCNA
  6. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    Unfortunately here in the UK CompTIA aren't really that well known, I would suggest that the Sec+ is really not that well regarded out here in the UK (Rob1234 can probably answer better as he is in a Security role).
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  7. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

    It's not something that's going to get you a job imho, but it's not a bad thing to do.

    Provides a good overview of Security and the principles etc, I know Morrissons used to send all their IT staff on the course whether they were in a security specific role or not.

    Where I am currently it's seen as the first certification step for security people.
  8. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster

    Just to second the general theme of the thread. CompTIA seems to have some dealings with the US government, meaning that the Sec+ is required/recommended for some roles there within government and military. It thus has better standing in the States.
    CompTIA is still making inroads and building up its reputation in the UK.

    So on the UK job front, probably not that useful (something Microsoft or Cisco would probably serve better). On the US job front, more useful. Elsewhere, not sure.

    On the professional development front, though, it's certainly worthwhile, as it's interesting and can be quite an eye-opener.
    Certifications: A+; Network+; Security+, CTT+; MCDST; 4 x MTA (Networking, OS, Security & Server); MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Support; MCITP - Enterprise Desktop Administrator; MCITP - Server Administrator; MCSA - Server 2008; MCT; IOSH; CCENT
    WIP: CCNA; Server 2012; LPIC; JNCIA?
  9. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster


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