CompTIA S+

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I have Studying alone and watching presentations is difficult especially when you are a mature student. Found it more useful and it supported my style of learning to have that variety and knowledge from different people so I could adapt a couple of ways that suited me best. I found after I increased my knowledge initially from The Learning People presentations, I got the most from Professor Messer YouTube channel which includes his study group, and Jason Dions courses. I started to enjoy the everyday learning and the information began to sink in and I felt ready for the test.

Set up time –

I have done these exams online and there is a bit of setting up and getting yourself and room ready. You have to log in on your computer. Then on your phone you have to take a photo of yourself, your id and 360 images of your room set up. These have to be all in order before you proceed. My advice would be to sit with your back to window and have the room clear of as much items as you can. They can be strict with this, so be warned. You also have someone watching you the whole test through the webcam, they can communicate with you through text or voice. I got the shock of my life when someone said “Please stop talking”, in the middle of my exam. All I was doing was reading the question out to myself, which I do but you are not allowed to do this.

Tips and Hints –

I would skip the simulations at the start and go back to them at the end. What can happen is you can spend too much time on these and run out of time for the multiple choice questions. Read the questions and answers carefully, if you are unsure flag them and answer them at the end. This gives you an opportunity to maybe see a similar question or answer on into the test and trigger your memory. If you are really struggling use the process of elimination and you will usually have a choice between two answers, then choose the one that makes more sense, or look for a key word. If you are totally stuck guess, that is the benefit of multiple choice questions

What skills I learned ?

Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities – focusing on newer custom devices that must be mitigated, such as IoT and embedded devices, newer DDoS attacks and social engineering based on current events.

Architecture and Design – coverage of enterprise environments and reliance on the cloud, which is growing rapidly and organisations transition to hybrid networks.

Implementation – focus on administering identity, access management, PKI, basic cryptography, wireless and end to end security.

Operations and Incident Response – covered organisational security assessment and incident response procedures, such as basic threat detection, risk mitigation techniques, security controls and basic digital forensics.

Governance, Risk and Compliance – organisational risk management and compliance to regulations such as, PCI-DSS, SOX, HIPAA, GDPR, FISMA, NIST and CCPA

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