CompTIA Security+ Certification Reaches Milestone


More than 500,000 individuals have earned CompTIA‘s Security+ credential, which can serve as a springboard to a career dedicated to cybersecurity for many tech pros.

Security+ is recognized by employers and trusted by technology professionals as a certification that validates the hands-on skills needed to perform core cybersecurity functions and problem solve on a wide variety of issues, according to CompTIA.

CompTIA's John McGlinchey

CompTIA’s John McGlinchey

“You need look no further than the daily headlines about cyberattacks and data breaches to understand the criticality for organizations to have robust cyber defenses in place,” said John McGlinchey, CompTIA’s executive vice president for global certification. “These defenses begin with having a team of technology professionals trained and certified in the latest cybersecurity countermeasures, and that training and certification starts with CompTIA Security+.”

Organizations across a spectrum of industries – professional services, finance, health care, information technology, telecommunications, government and the U.S. military – use Security+ as a skills benchmark for their cybersecurity staffs. The credential emphasizes hands-on practical skills in areas such as risk management, risk mitigation, threat management, intrusion detection, and other critical knowledge domains.

CompTIA Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to meet its directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. No other cybersecurity certification is selected as frequently as Security+ to satisfy the requirement, with as many as 80 percent of individuals choosing the CompTIA credential.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the number of information security jobs will increase 28 percent from 2016-2026, making it one of the fastest-growing fields. Many of the jobs include requirements or strong recommendations that candidates be certified, including in CompTIA Security+.

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