The Best Study Resources for the CompTIA Security+

Are you ready to start on your path toward earning your CompTIA Security+?  We’ve reviewed a lot of study guides, videos, books and other resources, and these are the resources we’ve found to be the most helpful when it comes to preparing for and passing CompTIA’s Security+ certification.

These are the Top Video Courses Available for the Security+

There are many video courses available online that cover the CompTIA Security+ content.  These are the best that I’ve found after reviewing lots of options. Since your study time is limited and valuable, you should consider focusing your study efforts on these resources as they are solid learning tools for your Security+ study.

Recommended Video Course #1:  Sari Greene’s CompTIA Security+.  Sari Greene’s Security+ video course, developed with Pearson, is our favorite Security+ video course.  This course contains excellent, thorough content, and Sari added two things to her course that really make it really helpful:  First, she has included a “Security in Action” section at the end of each lesson that provides a scenario that applies the concepts you’ve just covered, and second, she walks you through lots of practice questions at the end of every module.  These features help you see the Security+ content from her experienced perspective. Sari’s course is available with a subscription to O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online.

Recommended Video Course #2:  Mike Meyers Security+ Certification.  Mike Meyers creates lots of great content for the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications, and his video series on the Security+ is really solid, informative and entertaining.  This video course will teach you a lot, including some security concepts that Mike has added in that won’t necessarily be on the exam, but are still good to know. We like Sari’s video series a little more fore Security+ test preparation, but this video course from Mike Meyers is really solid.  This video series can be purchased directly from his Total Seminars website, but you can get full access to this video course for cheaper at Udemy.

These are the Top Books Available for the Security+

In addition to watching a video series above, you should also read the content that is covered on the exam.  These are the best printed resources available that we’ve found for the CompTIA Security+.

Recommended Book # 1: Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide.  A lot of books in this field are really dry and hard to get through, but this book from Mike Meyers is an easy read that is very thorough.  The writing is well done and understandable, and Mike is really good about advising you on what you probably will see and won’t see on the exam.  You can pick his book up on Amazon here, and it’s also included in the subscription to O’Reilly Safari Books Online.

Recommend Book #2:  Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Passport.  Mike Meyers’ passport book is designed more for an exam cram, but if that’s what you need, it should work well for you.  While there are other exam cram books on the market, the few we’ve reviewed are technically correct but very dry, which make them excruciating to get through.  Mike’s writing style here is much easier to handle. You can pick his book up on Amazon here, and it’s also included in the subscription to O’Reilly Safari Books Online.

Recommend Book #3:  Mike Chapple’s Security+ Practice Tests: Prepare for the SY0-501 Exam with CertMike.  This book contains lots of practice test questions, arranged in a certification exam format.  The questions are high quality and often very challenging, but if you review the videos and books above, and follow up with this book for your practice question work, you should be good to go for the exam.  You can get Chapple’e book on Amazon here.

Additional Items You Need to Prepare for the Security+

Now that we have the video courses and textbooks covered, we should discuss the last few items that will help you earn your Security+.  If you’ve covered the material above, the last step for you will be to get hands on experience with a lab environment. Cybrary’s Insider Pro subscription covers all kinds of cyber security material, including a batch of labs for the CompTIA Security+.  Additionally, Cybrary Insider Pro includes a video series on Security+ and a practice test question generator. You can learn more about Cybrary here.

Matt Day

Matt Day

Matt Day is a college cyber security instructor with over twenty years of experience in the IT, cyber security and technology training fields. He holds certifications from CompTIA and Cisco, and is the author of the book CCENT Troubleshooting Guide.

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