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CompTIA SY0-401 Exam | CompTIA Security+

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SY0-401 Exam Details

SY0-401 Exam consists of total 90 questions and the duration for the completion of exam is 90 minutes. The exam contains multiple choice and performance based questions and the candidates are required to obtain 750 marks in the exam to pass it.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for the exam includes

  • IT Manager or technician  
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Engineer

SY0-401 Exam is designed to cover the foundational principles for managing risk and securing a network. Cryptography, identity management and access control are the important topics of the exam and the exam involves the topics to check the candidate’s knowledge and abilities required for selection of the deterrent techniques and appropriate migration for addressing the network vulnerabilities and attacks. BYOD and SCADA as well as Cloud Computing are addressed in this exam. There is no prerequisite to take this exam, however the candidates intending to take this exam are advised to get Network + certification.

SY0-401 Exam Objectives

The objectives of this exam are stated below in order to give a guideline to the candidates for making the perfect preparation of the exam

Network Security -20%

20% questions in the exam are to check the knowledge of candidates about network security that focus on testing the candidate’s knowledge about implementing the security configuration parameters on other technologies and network devices such as Web Security Gateways, Firewalls, Routers, Switches and VPN concentrators , Load balancers, NIDS and NIPS. The awareness of application aware devices such as proxies, firewalls, IPS and IDS is required from the candidates taking this exam.

Using Secure Network Administration Principles

The candidates taking this exam are expected to be familiar with Firewall rules, access control lists, implicit deny, network separation, log analysis and Unified threat management. Secure router configuration and VLAN Management is required from the candidate who is taking this exam.

Explanation of network components and design elements

The candidates taking this exam are expected to be capable of giving the explanation of VLAN, NAT, telephony, NAC, virtualization, Cloud computing and subnetting.

Implementation of common services and protocols

The skills and abilities for implementation of common services and protocols are expected to be present in the candidates. The skills to implement TLS, SSL, ICMP, SCP, SFTP, FTP TELNET, HTTP, NetBIOS, Fibre Channel and OSI relevance.

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Troubleshooting Security Issues of Wireless Networking

The candidates taking this exam are expected to be well equipped with the skills required to troubleshoot the security issues of wireless networking such as the issues of VPN, MAC filter, Power level controls, Disable SSID broadcast, EAP, PEAP and Power Level Controls.

Compliance and Operational Security

18% of the exam questions are designed to check the knowledge of candidates about giving the explanation of the importance of risk related concepts, implementation of appropriate risk mitigation strategies, basic forensic procedures. Summarizing the risk management best practices and selection of the appropriate control to meet the goals security is expected from the candidates.

Threats and Vulnerabilities

20% questions in the exam are to check the knowledge of candidates about threats and vulnerabilities such as Ransomware, Botnets, Adware, Virus, Logic bomb, Spyware, Trojan and Rootkits. Candidates are expected to explain types of malware, summarizing various types of attacks, summarizing social engineering attacks and explaining types of wireless and application attacks.

Application, Data and Host Security

15% questions in the exam are to test the knowledge of students about Application, Data and Host Security which include explaining the importance of application security controls and techniques, summarizing the mobile security techniques and concepts. Implementation of appropriate controls for ensuring data security is expected from the candidates taking this exam.

Access Control and Identity Management

15% questions are about access control and identity management which focus on the ability to compare and contrast purpose as well as function of authentication services. Install as well as configure the security controls while performing the account management.


12% questions in the exam are to check the knowledge of candidates about utilizing the general cryptography concepts, making use of cryptography concepts etc.

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