Top 10 Study Guides for CompTIA Security+ Exam (SY0-501)

Top 10 Study Guides for CompTIA Security+ Exam (SY0-501)

The CompTIA Security+ Exam (SY0-501) is being retired July 2021. That is roughly 10 months from the date of the writing of this post. In the opinion of the Cyber Job Mentor that is plenty of time to prepare to pass this exam. Even if you do not plan to actually pay for and take the test it is enough time to study to become knowledgeable in the core competencies that the exam covers. There is a new exam coming that will be released in November 2020. You can wait for the new test or take the current one. I think there is plenty of time to take the current exam, though time is running out. With diligence, determination, and dedication you could study to increase your knowledge or study to take the test. There is no downside to either path.

Some people can study for exams using videos and really absorb the material. Other people need a boot camp or class to get the best results. Others need a good old-fashioned book or an eBook to tap into their best learning style. Here are 10 great choices for those needing to certify for the first time or professionals needing to re-certify. My advice is to always use at least two sources of study materials. So, use one of these books or another of your choice and videos like those provided by James Messer at https://www.professormesser.com/. The guides listed below are only recommendations. Not every guide is suitable for every learner. Find the study material and methods that work best for you and support your goals and success. Please do your due diligence. The links below do include affiliate links and a commission may be earned at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Good luck in your professional development and reaching your goals.

CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide 4th Edition by Darril Gibson

CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501) 5th Edition, Kindle Edition

by Wm. Arthur Conklin, Greg White, Dwayne Williams, Chuck Cothren, Roger L. Davis

Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition (Exam SY0-501) 2nd Edition

by Mike Meyers, Scott Jernigan

CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: Exam SY0-501 Kindle Edition

by Emmett Dulaney, Chuck Easttom

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram 5th Edition

by Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Cert Guide (Certification Guide) Kindle Edition

by Prowse David L.

CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide: Master IT security essentials and exam topics for CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification 1st Edition, Kindle Edition by Ian Neil

CompTIA Security+ Review Guide: Exam SY0-501 Kindle Edition

by James Michael Stewart

CompTIA Security+ Certification Study Guide, Third Edition (Exam SY0-501) 3rd Edition

by Glen Clarke

Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Passport, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501) (Mike Meyers’ Certification Passport) 5th Edition

by Dawn Dunkerley

Top 5 Linux+ Study Guides CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004)

Top 5 Linux+ Study Guides CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004)

IT professionals need to learn Linux. It does not matter which specialty or focus. Whether you are in networking, system administration, software engineering, or cloud technology understanding the Linux operating system is a critical skill. Critical skills pay the bills.

There are many distributions of Linux that are available for free to download and use. Many distributions have been created for specific purposes that may be relevant to your career. It is possible to learn just by downloading almost any distribution and running it in a virtual machine. Some people need more structure with clear goals.

The Cyber Job Mentor suggests the following guide for studying for the CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) certification. Studying for certifications can be an excellent method of professional development. Choose professional development activities that work best for your situation. Look for opportunities that align with your goals and align with your learning style. Do your due diligence. The links below are affiliate links if you choose to use them there is no additional cost and a commission is earned. The links below do include affiliate links and a commission may be earned at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

CompTIA Linux+ Study Guide: Exam XK0-004 4th Edition by Christine Bresnahan  (Author), Richard Blum (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1119556039 ISBN-10: 1119556031

CompTIA Linux+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide: Exam XK0-004 1st Edition by Ted Jordan  (Author), Sandor Strohmayer  (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1260457346 ISBN-10: 1260457346

CompTIA Linux+ XK0-004 Cert Guide (Certification Guide) 1st Edition by Ross Brunson (Author), William “Bo” Rothwell (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0789760586 ISBN-10: 0789760584

CompTIA Linux+ Portable Command Guide: All the commands for the CompTIA XK0-004 exam in one compact, portable resource 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition by Rothwell William (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0135591840 ISBN-10: 0135591848

101 Labs – CompTIA Linux+ Kindle Edition by Paul Browning  (Author), Arturo Baldo (Author)

Top 5 Study Guides for Pentest + PT0-001

Top 5 Study Guides for Pentest + PT0-001

CompTIA PenTest+

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification validates skills in penetration testing. The topics covered are planning and scoping, penetration testing tools, attacks and exploits, and reporting. The CompTIA PenTest+ certification verifies that effective candidates have the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyze data, and effectively report and communicate results. This is not an entry-level exam. The recommended requirements for the exam are Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or similar experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus. The exam cost is $349.00. You can learn more here https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/pentest.

The Cyber Job Mentor has identified five guides that may help you study for the latest Pentest + PT0-001. Certifications can be a great way to enhance a career. They will not make you an expert but can give direction and confidence to practice more. Certifications can provide a great foundation for your professional knowledge base. The Cyber Job Mentor recommends these 5 books as a start to gaining the knowledge and skill necessary to pass the Pentest + PT0-001. These are affiliate links and proceeds go to the Cyber Job Mentor.

Remember to choose study material that matches your personal learning style. Look at samples where possible. I wish you well on your studies.

CompTIA PenTest+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide (Exam PT0-001) 1st Edition

by Raymond Nutti

 

CompTIA PenTest+ PT0-001 Cert Guide (Certification Guide) 1st Edition

by Omar Santos, Ron Taylor 

Pentest+: A Practitioners Study Guide (Cyber)

by Mr. David L Evenden

CompTIA Pentest+ Technology Workbook Paperback – September 12, 2019

by IP Specialist (Author)

 

5 Great Sources to study for IT Certifications

5 Great Sources to study for IT Certifications

Studying for IT certifications can be a great way to start a career in IT. New IT certs can also be a way to enhance an existing career or change careers. They will not make you an expert but can give direction and confidence to practice more. Certifications can provide a great foundational knowledge base. There are many books and materials that can be used. There are many different styles of teaching and learning. It can be daunting sorting through all the options. Find the solution that aligns with your schedule, budget, and learning style. The Cyber Job Mentor has provided a list of sources that may help you study for your next IT certification.

1. Professormesser.com

James Messer provides some awesome content that is always relevant for CompTIA trifecta. He has videos that cover all the of the objectives for A+, Net+, and Sec+ exams. He offers all of these amazing videos for free and provides monthly study sessions. The videos are available on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/professormesser and on his website at https://www.professormesser.com/. He also sells notes for the videos which are a great value.

2. Cybrary.it

Cybrary.it is incredible. This site offers labs, videos, practice, and more. It is wrapped in a very attractive package perfect for aspiring IT professionals. They have an ios and android app so you can learn on the go. Not all of the content available is free but it is worth the investment. https://www.cybrary.it

3. Lynda

Lynda.com is a great subscription based service that has a deep learning library covering a myriad of topics. The IT related videos are high quality from experts in their respective subject matter disciplines. It is not free but highly recommended. https://www.lynda.com/

4. Pluralsight

Pluralsight has training for many IT certificates. There are hands on learning opportunities and practice test. This site is recommended  for both new comers to technology field,  seasoned professionals who need to brush up, and folks who are just curios and want to learn something new. https://www.pluralsight.com

5. Udemy

Finally the last recommendation is Udemy. Udemy courses are varied and you should be able to find and instructor that meshes with your learning style. The courses typically are reasonably priced and can be viewed in their handy app. https://www.udemy.com

Top 5 books to study for CompTIA Security+ Exam

Top 5 books to study for CompTIA Security+ Exam

Some people can study for exams using videos and really absorb the material. Other people need a boot camp or class to get the best results. Others need a good old fashioned book or an eBook to tap into their best learning style. Here are 5 great choices for those needing to certify for the first time or professionals needing to re-certify. My advice is to always use at least two sources of study materials. So Use one these books or another of your choice and videos like those provided by James Messer at https://www.professormesser.com/. There are affiliate links please use them if shopping to keep the lights on in the mentor cave. The links below do include affiliate links and a commission may be earned at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

1. CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide by Darril Gibson 

CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

The author Darril Gibson has many other certification books and does not disappoint with the valuable knowledge presented in this book. There is also a Kindle version for 9.99. https://amzn.to/31opz1F

2.Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition (Exam SY0-501)

by Mike Meyers and Scott Jernigan

Mike Meyers' CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition (Exam SY0-501)

Mike Myers has helped students and professionals alike prepare for the CompTIA Security+ for many years. This latest version covers all of the objectives for the CompTIA Security + 501 exam. https://amzn.to/31lQtri

3. CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide: Master IT security essentials and exam topics for CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification

by Ian Neil 

CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide: Master IT security essentials and exam topics for CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification

Studying for exams is hard and choosing the right tools can be the difference between success and failure. The guide by Ian Neil might be the right guide for you. https://amzn.to/31lQtri

4. CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501)

by Wm. Arthur Conklin , Greg White, et al.

CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501)

The All In One series guides have been a staple for certification training for many years. Make sure you take advantage of the practice exam questions to make sure you prepare thoroughly. https://amzn.to/2T7SDry

5. CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram (5th Edition)by Diane Barrett and Martin M. Weiss

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram (5th Edition)

The Exam Cram books are designed for individuals that need to learn on a truncated time table. If that is you this may be the right study guide for you. https://amzn.to/2TcWfIL