Our Recommended Resources for the CompTIA Security+

These are the resources we recommend to prepare for and pass the CompTIA Security+ certification.

Be sure to also work through a sufficient number of practice exam questions and build plenty of hands-on experience when preparing for the Security+ exam.

Recommended Resource #1:

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

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 get this book from Amazon here. (By using this affiliate link, I may earn a small commission).


Recommended Resource #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 makes them excruciating to get through.  Mike’s writing style here is much easier to handle. You can get this book from Amazon here. (By using this affiliate link, I may earn a small commission).


Recommended Resource #3:

Mike Chapple’s Security+ Practice Tests

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 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 this book from Amazon here. (By using this affiliate link, I may earn a small commission).

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Matt Day

Matt Day

Matt Day is a cybersecurity professional with over twenty years of experience in the IT, cybersecurity and technology training fields. He has a degree in Computer Information Science and CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Server+, CySA+, and Cisco CCNA certifications. Matt is the author of the book CCENT Troubleshooting Guide.