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  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace; Stg edition (Nov. 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463762364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463762360
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
All You Need to Pass Dec 6 2011
By Jarrett Marquis - Published on
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I just passed the new Security+ test with a score of 871. My entire preparation consisted of reading "Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead" and doing the included review questions. I saw absolutely nothing on the test that wasn't thoroughly covered in the book. It is straightforward, easy to read, and does an excellent job of explaining some complex topics. I see no reason to invest in any other prep materials. The plan is pretty simple, buy this book, read it, do the practice questions, pass the test.

Update as of 2/17/2012: I just finished instructing a 5 day Security+ Boot Camp using this book as the only text for the class. We spent 4 days covering the material, reviewed for 2 hours Friday morning then the students took the test. All 13 passed and are now Security+ certified. Note that although some in the class had some cyber security experience most were new to the field and none were familiar with all of the topics.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Passed exam as a working father of two using Gibson's book Jan. 6 2012
By C. Shen - Published on
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First a bit of background, I'm not an IT professional but a software engineer responsible for cyber security. In the last 4 years out of my 11 years of product development work experience, I have been involved in software security and cyber security in critical infrastructure sector. I took my mentor's recommendation on starting with a foundational security certification - Security+ and started self studying back in November 2011. Between work and two kids (age 2 yrs and 6 months), I would say that Gibson's material is solid. I took my exam today 1/6/12 and passed with a score of 871 out of 900 (yay!). Don't let CompTIA's sample web based practice questions scare you, the 301 exam is almost exactly as Gibson described minus a few poorly written questions. My recommendation, get Gibson's study guide and test books and keep telling yourself, you can do it!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Should be part of your Security+ study Aug. 16 2013
By applegeek - Published on
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You don't need to pay thousands for in class test prep to pass the Security+ exam. Follow these three steps and you can pass your test and pay only $55ish in test prep.

If you are in an IT field, or you went to school for IT, you've already got a great head start. The Security+ exam assumes you've taken the Network+ exam. You don't need to take the Network+ exam to be prepared for Security+, just as long as you have a background in IT which includes how servers, firewalls, routers and switches work. CompTIA isn't know for advanced certifications, but there tests do show that you have a very good understanding of the subject and that it will be easy for you to learn as your career moves forward.

How to pass the Security+ exam in 3 easy steps, should only take you a month.

1. Go to YouTube. Search for "Professor Messer", head to his YouTube page and watch all 185 videos for the Security+ exam. each video is only 5 to 8 min long and gives you a very good head start to the exam. He is easy to listen to, and covers everything.

2. Read this book. Take the practice exams. The pre test in the beginning of the book will show you what you know from the videos. I got a 75% when I took it. Read each chapter, and take the chapter tests. The book is easy to read, just like watching the videos. It covers a lot of the same stuff but goes into more detail. You already have an idea of everything, this just takes it one step further. It will also help you study to remember all the important port numbers along with all the acronyms you'll need to know. This test is FULL of acronyms.

3. Take practice tests.
(Update 4/14/14) Check out, search Security+. Good exams to test your knowledge and see how far along you are. All free!

Now go pass your test! You will be more then well prepared.

As a reference point, I have a bachelors degree IT Networking which included a lot of security classes. I currently work for a large company in governance and compliance. With that background, I studied for 3 weeks before taking the test. The test will feel harder then you expected, it did for me, but I still passed just fine. I had 7 simulations questions, I know I got at least one wrong because I couldn't remember the port numbers. Other than that they are pretty easy. Take extra time to memorize port numbers and acronyms, I wish I had, but I got threw it just fine.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book Nov. 30 2011
By xerxes - Published on
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This book is awesome. I used it and the practice test question book to pass the Security+ within a 10 day span of receiving the book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Reference for novices and professionals alike March 15 2012
By limaalphawhiskey - Published on
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I purchased Darril Gibson's previous Security+ book for the SY0-201 exam, but I never got around to taking the test. Well after months of procrastination on my part, I finally paid for the exam. One small problem: there was a newer version of the test: SY0-301. I ordered his latest book and it worked wonders. If you aren't familiar with Darril Gibson's books, they're easy to read, the content headers and "remember this sections" highlight key exam topics that one should pay attention to. There are review questions after each of the 11 chapters and a pre and post assessment, not to mention detailed explanations for why each answer is the correct answer. The book recommends that a potential SY0-301 test taker have at least 2 years of networking experience, but I don't have that. Actually outside of my own wireless network, I have no networking experience, and I passed the test: 821/900. My score won't turn any heads, but there was NOTHING on the test that was not covered in Darril's book. The material in the book is organized in a way that allows a person to build on each chapter. Darril's professional experience and personality come out during his anecdotes, which provide a break from the text while presenting real security incidents, ways to prevent the incidents,and links to websites that provide best practices and security tools. This book is also devoid of many of the spelling errors and incorrect answers that I found in the SY0-201 version. I recommend this book to anyone looking to cutout the esoteric gibberish and get straight to the study materials that will be on the test. Great book. Checkout Darril's website: [...]

Disclaimer: I am a college student majoring in Information Technology Security Systems. I was not paid by Comptia or Darril to endorse this product.

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