Coming soon! Final exam to be released on February 15, 2017. The CSA+ beta exam registration is closed. If you took the beta exam, your pass/fail results will be sent directly from Pearson VUE when the exam is released. Thank you for taking the beta and helping CompTIA further define IT workforce skills in security analytics.
The CSA+ certification applies behavioral analytics to the IT security market to improve the overall state of IT security. Analytics have been successfully integrated in the business intelligence, retail and financial services industries for decades. Analytics are now applied to IT security.
Cybersecurity analytics greatly improves threat visibility across a broad attack surface by focusing on network behavior, including an organization’s interior network. Threats are better detected using analytics. CSA+ is a vendor-neutral IT professional certification and the recommended first professional-level certification for IT security-analyst professionals.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Certification Path
CSA+ creates a vendor-neutral certification path from Security+ to CASP, as shown in Figure 1.
*The Figure 1 certification path is based on years of recommended experience: Security+ 2 years; CSA+ 3-4 years; and CASP 5-10 years.
The performance-based CSA+ exam will include hands-on simulations. These simulations require test-takers to perform security analyst job tasks during the exam. To prepare for these performance-based assessments, trainers, educators and publishers should emphasize open-source analytics tools and teamwork. Use net wars or cyberwarfare scenarios with red teams as pen testers, white teams as security analysts, and blue teams as incident responders.
Security analysts require hands-on experience. Training must include virtual labs and software tools. Table 1 shows common open source tools used by security analysts, as determined by the security analysts that participated in the job task analysis workshop.
Table 1 software may or may not appear on the exam. It is listed so that readers may better understand the job role.
Table 1: Common Open Source Software Tools for Security Analysts
As of August 15, 2016, the CSA+ certification had been reviewed by nearly 2,200 security analysts and/or IT pros, including those who took the beta exam. It has received feedback from organizations and partners across the globe to reach its current status. The content in this page may change based on the results of the CSA+ beta exam.