CompTIA Advanced Security Certification Gets a Makeover


A new version of CompTIA’s Advanced Security Practitioner certification has hit the market.

The latest version addresses current risk and response scenarios associated with cyber warfare, hacking techniques and cloud migration. The certification was introduced in 2011 and was updated for the first time in 2015.

CompTIA's Patrick Lane

CompTIA’s Patrick Lane

“What sets apart CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner from other security credentials is its reliance on performance-based questions and tasks associated with the job role,” said Patrick Lane, director, product management, for CompTIA. “These hands-on simulations validate the ability to solve problems in a real-world network environment, making it the ideal credential for cybersecurity practitioners who are immersed in risk management, as well as enterprise security architecture, integration and operation.”

There’s new content in the certification exam, including:

  • An expansion of the enterprise security domain to include operations and architecture concepts, techniques and requirements.
  • More emphasis on analyzing risk though interpreting trend data and anticipating cyberdefense needs that align with business skills.
  • Expanded security-control topics, including mobile and small form factor devices and software vulnerabilities.
  • Broader coverage of integrating cloud and virtualization technologies into a secure enterprise architecture.
  • Inclusion of implementing cryptographic techniques such as blockchain-cryptocurrency and mobile-device encryption.

Reports on cyberattacks and cybersecurity continue to alarm organizations. In a 2018 study on global megatrends in cybersecurity, sponsored by Raytheon and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 1,100 senior information technology practitioners weighed in on the state of the industry today and where it’s going over the next few years. Some insights:

  • 67 percent of respondents believe cyber extortion, such as ransomware, will increase in frequency and payout.
  • Less than half of IT security practitioners believe that they can protect their organizations from cyberthreats. That’s down from 59 percent three years ago.
  • Cyber warfare is growing likelier: Sixty percent predicted attacks by nation-state actors against government and commercial companies will worsen and could lead to a cyber war. More than half (51 percent) say cyberwarfare will be a high risk in the next three years, compared to 22 percent who feel that way today. Similarly, 71 percent say the risk of breaches involving high-value information will be very high, compared to 43 percent who believe that risk is high today.

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to show compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 Standard. It is also approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for Directive 8140/8570.01-M.

The certification is recommended for IT professionals with at least five years of experience. The credential provides advanced knowledge and is another shingle for IT professionals, such as security architects, security engineers, application security engineers, technical lead analysts and information-security analysts to display when looking to advance in their careers.

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