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Title: CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501)

Author : Wm. Arthur Conklin, Greg White, Dwayne Williams, Chuck Cothren, Roger Davis


Take the latest version of the CompTIA Security+ exam with complete confidence using the detailed information contained in this highly effective self-study system. Written by a team of leading information security experts, this authoritative guide addresses the skills required for securing a network and managing risk and enables you to become CompTIA Security+ certified.

CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501) covers all exam domains and features 200 accurate practice questions. To aid in study, the book features learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. All questions mirror those on the live test in style, format, and difficulty. Beyond fully preparing you for the challenging SY0-501 exam, the book also serves as a valuable on-the-job reference for IT professionals.

• Provides 100% coverage of every objective on exam SY0-501
• Electronic content includes 200 practice questions and a secured book PDF
• Written by a team of experienced IT security academics
  • Hardcover: 647 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5 edition (January 8, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1260019322


Title: CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: Exam SY0-501

Author: Emmett Dulaney, Chuck Easttom

Publisher: Sybex; 7 edition (October 23, 2017)

Paperback: 512 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1119416876

From the Back Cover

Covers 100% of exam objectives including threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities; technologies and tools; architecture and design; identity and access management; risk management; cryptography and PKI, and much more... Includes interactive online learning environment and study tools with:

+ 2 custom practice exams
+ 100 Electronic Flashcards
+ Searchable key term glossary

Expert Security+ SY0-501 exam preparation, endorsed by CompTIA

The seventh edition of CompTIA Security+ Study Guide offers invaluable preparation for Exam SY0-501. Written by a team of expert authors, the book covers 100% of the exam objectives with clear and concise explanations. Discover how to handle threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities using industry-standard tools and technologies, while gaining and understanding the role of architecture and design. Spanning topics from everyday tasks like identity and access management to complex subjects such as risk management and cryptography, this study guide helps you consolidate your knowledge base in preparation for the Security+ exam. Illustrative examples show how these processes play out in real-world scenarios, allowing you to immediately translate essential concepts to on-the-job application.

Coverage of 100% of all exam objectives in this Study Guide means you'll be ready for:

Managing Risk
Designing and Diagnosing Networks
Understanding Devices and Infrastructure
Identify and Access Management
Protecting Wireless Networks
Securing the Cloud
Data, Privacy, and Security Practices
Cryptography and PKI



Title: CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

Author: Darril Gibson

Publisher: YCDA, LLC; 4 edition (October 12, 2017)

Paperback: 608 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1939136059


Darril Gibson (Author)It covers all of the SY0-501 objectives and includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous two versions. Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action. The author uses many of the same analogies and explanations he’s honed in the classroom that have helped hundreds of students master the Security+ content.

You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.

Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes a 75 question pre-test, a 75 question post-test, and practice test questions at the end of every chapter. Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You'll also have access to free online resources including labs and additional practice test questions. Using all of these resources, you’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.

If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT systems security.


Title : CompTIA Security+ Practice Tests: Exam SY0-501

Author : S. Russell Christy, Chuck Easttom

Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 8, 2018)

Hardcover: 456 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1119416922

From the Back Cover
Provides 1,000 questions, including a practice exam covering all sections of the CompTIA Security+ objective domains.

Complements the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, Exam SY0-501, Seventh Edition, and CompTIA Security+ Deluxe Study Guide, Exam SY0-501, Fourth Edition.

Smart, streamlined study for Exam SY0-501

CompTIA Security+ Practice Tests is your perfect study partner to prepare for Exam SY0-501. Six unique chapter tests cover all six objective domains, plus a bonus practice exam helps you ensure that you're ready. Free access to the Sybex online interactive learning environment provides additional study tools to help you assess your progress and learn where you need more review. Use this book together with CompTIA Security + Study Guide, Exam SY0-501, Seventh Edition, and CompTIA Security + Deluxe Study Guide, Exam SY0-501, Fourth Edition, and you'll be well prepared to pass the exam.

Coverage of 100% of all exam objectives in these practice tests means you'll be ready for:

Installation and configuration
Threat analysis
Attacks and vulnerabilities
Technologies and tools
System architecture and design
Identity and access management
Cryptography and PKI
Secure applications, networks & devices
Policies, laws, and regulations



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

Author : Mike Meyers, Scott Jernigan

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (December 22, 2017)


Take the CompTIA Security+ exam (exam SY0-501) with confidence using the comprehensive information contained in this highly effective study resource. Like the exam, the guide goes beyond knowledge application and is designed to ensure that security personnel anticipate security risks and guard against them.

In Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition (Exam SY0-501), the bestselling author and leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification brings his proven methodology to IT security. Mike covers all exam objectives in small, digestible modules that allow you to focus on individual skills as you move through a broad and complex set of skills and concepts. The book features hundreds of accurate practice questions as well as a toolbox of the author’s favorite network security related freeware/shareware.

• Provides complete coverage of every objective on exam SY0-501
• Electronic content includes 20+ lab simulations, video training, and hundreds of practice exam questions 
• Written by computer security and certification guru Mike Meyers
  • Paperback: 659 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 126002637X


Title: Mike Meyers' CompTIA Security+ Certification Passport, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501)

Author : Dawn Dunkerley

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5 edition (November 20, 2017)


This quick review, cram-style study guide offers 100% coverage of every topic on the latest version of the CompTIA Security+ exam


This powerful exam preparation resource presents an accelerated review of the pertinent technology and covers all objectives for the CompTIA Security+ exam (exam SY0-501). Written in the proven Passport format developed by training expert Mike Meyers, the book enables you to focus on specific topics, determine areas of need, and tailor an effective course for study.

Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Passport, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501) features accurate practice exam questions and in-depth answer explanations as well as end-of-chapter bulleted summaries that reinforce salient points. Throughout, “Exam Tips” highlight important topics, “Local Lingo” notes define need-to-know terms, “Travel Advisories” alert you to potential pitfalls, and “Travel Assistance” icons specify resources for further information.

• Provides complete coverage of every objective on exam SY0-501
• Electronic content includes 200 practice questions and a secured book PDF
• Written by a pair of security experts and edited by certification guru Mike Meyers
  • Paperback: 557 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1260026566




Title: CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram (5th Edition)

Author : Diane Barrett, Martin M. Weiss

Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 5 edition (January 5, 2018)

Paperback: 720 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0789759004

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram , Fifth Edition, is the perfect study guide to help you pass CompTIA’s newly updated version of the Security+ exam. It provides coverage and practice questions for every exam topic. The book contains a set of 150 questions. The powerful Pearson Test Prep practice test software provides real-time practice and feedback with all the questions so you can simulate the exam.

Covers the critical information you need to know to score higher on your Security+ exam!

  • Analyze indicators of compromise and determine types of attacks, threats, and risks to systems
  • Minimize the impact associated with types of attacks and vulnerabilities
  • Secure devices, communications, and network infrastructure
  • Effectively manage risks associated with a global business environment
  • Differentiate between control methods used to secure the physical domain
  • Identify solutions for the implementation of secure network architecture
  • Compare techniques for secure application development and deployment
  • Determine relevant identity and access management procedures
  • Implement security policies, plans, and procedures related to organizational security
  • Apply principles of cryptography and effectively deploy related solutions




Title: CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Cert Guide (4th Edition) (Certification Guide)

Author : David L. Prowse

Publisher : Pearson IT Certification; 4 edition (October 30, 2017)

The CompTIA approved study guide helps you master all the topics on the Security+ exam, including

  • Core computer system security

  • OS hardening and virtualization

  • Application security

  • Network design elements

  • Networking ports, protocols, and threats

  • Network perimeter security

  • Physical security and authentication models

  • Access control

  • Vulnerability and risk assessment

  • Monitoring and auditing

  • Cryptography, including PKI

  • Redundancy and disaster recovery

  • Social Engineering

  • Policies and procedures


  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789758997


Title: CompTIA Security+ Certification Practice Exams, Third Edition (Exam SY0-501)

Author : Daniel Lachance, Glen E. Clarke

Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (August 18, 2017)

With hundreds of practice exam questions, including difficult performance-based questions, CompTIA Security+® Certification Study Guide, Third Edition covers what you need to know―and shows you how to prepare―for this challenging exam.
•100% complete coverage of all official objectives for exam SY0-501
•Exam Watch notes call attention to information about, and potential pitfalls in, the exam
•Inside the Exam sections in every chapter highlight key exam topics covered
•Two-Minute Drills for quick review at the end of every chapter
•Simulated exam questions―including performance-based questions―match the format, topics, and difficulty of the real exam
Covers all exam topics, including:
Networking Basics and Terminology • Security Terminology • Security Policies and Standards • Types of Attacks • System Security Threats • Mitigating Security Threats • Implementing System Security • Securing the Network Infrastructure • Wireless Networking and Security • Authentication • Access Control • Cryptography • Managing a Public Key Infrastructure • Physical Security • Risk Analysis • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity • Computer Forensics • Security Assessments and Audits • Monitoring and Auditing

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1260026906

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