MyCAA-APPROVED IT & SCIENCES PROGRAM

CompTIA SECURITY SPECIALIST

As an international, vendor-neutral credential, CompTIA S+ certification ensures successful students gain competency in network security, compliance and operational security, common/possible threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management as well as cryptography.

CERTIFICATION: COMP TIA S+

PROGRAM COSTS: Varies

COURSE CONTACT HOURS: 375

PROGRAM DURATION: 6 Months

EXTERNSHIP AVAILABLE: Yes

The CompTIA S+ Specialist

Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) S+ training designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. As an international, vendor-neutral credential, CompTIA S+ certification ensures successful students gain competency in network security, compliance and operational security, common/possible threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management as well as cryptography. Earning CompTIA S+ Certification signifies to employers that candidates will apply their knowledge of security concepts, tools and procedures to prevent security breaches, react accordingly to any security incidents and anticipate further security risks in order to effectively guard against them. Many well-known companies, government contractors and government agencies employ CompTIA S+ certified staff in order to ensure the quality of their work and CompTIA S+ is also one of the options for certifications required by the US Department of Defense for both military personnel and contractors engaged in information security activities.

The CompTIA S+ Specialist Program

The CompTIA Security+ course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become an IT security professional. This course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify risk and participate in risk mitigation activities as well as provide infrastructure, application, operational and information security. They will also acquire the knowledge necessary to apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability, as well as how to identify appropriate technologies and products. Finally, students will gain an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations with regard to IT security. Prospective job roles for successful candidates include security engineer, security architect, security assurance technician, security consultant/specialist, systems administrator, network administrator and security administrator. CompTIA N+ certification plus 2 years of technical networking experience with a focus on security is recommended for success on the exam.

Certification Opportunities

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe common risks, vulnerabilities and controls
  • Explain the triple constraint of information security
  • Analyze and differentiate between types of malware and attacks
  • Identify risks for common system hardware and peripherals
  • Describe principles of software, data and host security
  • Implement OS hardening procedures
  • Identify common types of programming attacks
  • Implement secure browsing practices
  • Describe security vulnerabilities unique to virtualized environments
  • Explain the purpose and vulnerabilities of common network devices
  • Identify and secure common ports and protocols
  • Describe security concerns unique to cloud computing environments
  • Identify IDS and IPS solutions for host and network defense
  • Describe the differences between identification, authentication and authorization in Access Control
  • Identify various methods for access authentication
  • Implement logical access control methods
  • Distinguish between discretionary, mandatory, rule-based and role-based access control implementations
  • Identify various types of risk management strategies (transfer, accept, mitigate, eliminate)
  • Distinguish between management, technical and operational controls
  • Calculate risk using subjective and objective measures
  • Implement compliance audits for common security controls
  • Explain the difference between penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
  • Distinguish between symmetric and asymmetric forms of encryption
  • Explain the use of public-key/private-key pairs to encrypt and decrypt a secure message
  • Identify common security protocols (SSH, SSL, IPSec)
  • Explain basic hashing concepts
  • Distinguish between types of tickets, keys and certificate authorities in a PKI
  • Distinguish between business continuity and disaster recovery objectives and timeframes
  • Implement common backup rotation cycles
  • Identify various types of redundant hardware and backup sites
  • Recognize various types of environmental control solutions
  • Identify RAID configurations for common availability and redundancy requirements
  • Analyze and distinguish between forms of social engineering
  • Describe the principles of operational security
  • Identify common personnel security policies
  • Describe data reminisce and secure disposal practices
  • Explain common CIRT roles and responsibilities
  • Use Microsoft Office

Technical Requirements

WINDOWS USERS

  • Windows 7, XP or Vista
  • 56K modem or higher
  • Soundcard & Speakers
  • Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer

MAC OS USERS

  • Mac OS X or higher (in classic mode)
  • 56K modem or higher
  • Soundcard & Speakers
  • Apple Safari

SUPPORTED BROWSERS

System will support the two latest releases of each browser. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.

  • Windows Users: Firefox, Chrome, Explorer
  • Mac OS Users: Safari, Chrome, Firefox

SCREEN RESOLUTION

We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels.

SUGGESTED PLUGINS

  • Flash Player
  • Real Player
  • Adobe Reader
  • Java

U.S. Department of Labor

Career Information

The information below provides helpful job information, statistics and projections for this program’s related career tracts.

Career Median Salary Job Openings Growth Rate
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $38,390 186,600 -1% to 1%

Description

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
Job Titles Include
Account Clerk, Accounting Assistant, Accounting Associate, Accounting Clerk, Accounting Specialist, Accounting Technician, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Payable Specialist, Accounts Payables Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk

Wages

Bottom 15% Median Salary Top 10%
United States $23,880 $38,390 $59,630

Employment

current employment 2016 projected job openings 2016 - 2026 projected growth 2016 - 2026
United States 1,731,000 186,600 -1% to 1%

typical tasks

  • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information.
  • Check figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes.
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Code documents according to company procedures.
  • Perform financial calculations, such as amounts due, interest charges, balances, discounts, equity, and principal.
  • Reconcile or note and report discrepancies found in records.
  • Perform general office duties, such as filing, answering telephones, and handling routine correspondence.
  • Access computerized financial information to answer general questions as well as those related to specific accounts.
  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers.
  • Debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Match order forms with invoices, and record the necessary information.
  • Perform personal bookkeeping services.
  • Prepare and process payroll information.
  • Prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying and balancing receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to banks.
New Accounts Clerks $34,990 4,000 -2% or lower

Description

Interview persons desiring to open accounts in financial institutions. Explain account services available to prospective customers and assist them in preparing applications.
Job Titles Include
Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Financial Services Representative, Loan Processor, Member Service Representative, New Accounts Representative, Personal Banker, Relationship Manager, Retail Banker, Retail Service Representative

Wages

Bottom 15% Median Salary Top 10%
United States $25,990 $34,990 $50,010

Employment

current employment 2016 projected job openings 2016 - 2026 projected growth 2016 - 2026
United States 42,000 4,000 -2% or lower

typical tasks

  • Answer customers' questions and explain available services, such as deposit accounts, bonds, and securities.
  • Compile information about new accounts, enter account information into computers, and file related forms or other documents.
  • Inform customers of procedures for applying for services, such as ATM cards, direct deposit of checks, and certificates of deposit.
  • Perform teller duties as required.
  • Refer customers to appropriate bank personnel to meet their financial needs.
  • Interview customers to obtain information needed for opening accounts or renting safe-deposit boxes.
  • Collect and record customer deposits and fees and issue receipts, using computers.
  • Investigate and correct errors upon customers' request, according to customer and bank records.
  • Execute wire transfers of funds.
  • Perform foreign currency transactions and sell traveler's checks.
  • Process loan applications.
  • Obtain credit records from reporting agencies.
  • Issue initial and replacement safe-deposit keys to customers, and admit customers to vaults.
  • Duplicate records for distribution to branch offices.
  • Schedule repairs for locks on safe-deposit boxes.

 

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"I had someone there every step of the way. They walked me through what could have been a very stressful process. It put me on a path that started an epic journey."

-Kasey, Fort Riley

"Everything was easy and my advisor with The Major Group walked me through it all. This was my third time going to college and by far the least stressful enrollment process."

-Felicia, Ft. Campbell

"I loved the whole process. Everyone was very helpful and made sure that the program I wanted to join was something I wanted to do. It also helped me put my goals in place."

-Crystal, Fort Riley

"There was a lot of help along the way, which was great. It was smooth and everything went well."

-Elizabeth, Fort Gordon

"It was easy, simple, and quick. There was someone there every step of the way to help you fill out all the required documents. I would recommend to all military spouses who want to go to school, especially if you’re a stay-at-home spouse."

-Aeisha, Hunter Army Air Field

"Everything was very easy to do and got done rather quickly from start to finish."

-Anne, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"The enrollment process was quick and easy. Lots of help when needed."

-Rita, NAS JRB Fort Worth

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