With CompTIA releasing the SY0-501 examination later this year, many folks are asking the following questions, and rightly so:
- What will the SY0-501 cover?
- Should I wait for the SY0-501 or take the SY0-401 now?
The answers are below.
What is New with the SY0-501?
CompTIA governs all the Security+ certification exams. The SY0-401 replaced the SY0-301 sometime around May in 2014, but examinees had a choice to take the SY0-301 until December that year.
According to CompTIA, they will be updating the Security+ certification exam this year to the SY0-501 this October 2017. However, they would still allow examinees to choose which Security+ version to take until December this year, similar to how they implemented the update from SY0-301 to SY0-401 in 2014.
While CompTIA has not made any official announcements as to what to expect with the updated Security+ certification exam, it already stated that they would most probably change approximately 20% to 25% of the current objectives found in the SY0-401.
However, experts in the field are saying that the updated exam would most likely cover expanded and new topics such as social engineering, cloud security, mobile security, and the IoT, or Internet of Things.
Some also think that there would be more question on cloud computing, virtualization, Security Information and Event Management or SIEM, as well as pressing cyber security threats such as how phishing would lead to ransomware among others.
Should I take the SY0-501?
The answer to this question is harder to answer because it all comes down to personal preference. However, keep in mind that the SY0-401 has been around for quite some time now and there are plenty of training and exam preps available for it.
On the other hand, you do not know what to expect with the SY0-501 so it would be more challenging to prepare for it. Additionally, newly released tests are usually volatile, with the makers normally changing and adding things unannounced.
So with the whole Security+ SY0-401 vs SY0-501 debate going on, whatever is your decision, if you need to be Security+ certified, make sure to prepare yourself in order to get a Security+ certification.
Enroll in a prep test course, join online forums, and if you can, find a study buddy.