CompTIA Security + Certification Course

Learn how to address cyber security incidents—not just identify them.

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This Towson University IT training course will help you build critical skills needed to pass the CompTIA™ Security+ SY0-601 exam and advance your cybersecurity career. You will learn best practices for performing network design security, risk calculations, penetration testing, risk management and more.

Course Format: Self-paced, online

Total Hours: 80 hours

Program Duration: Must be completed in 6 months

Tuition: $2,199

Materials: Tuition includes all instructional materials and a voucher for the certification exam

This course is WIOA approved and is on the Maryland Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL). Students obtaining support through WIOA offices should contact Chunta Rivers via email at to initiate the registration process.

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The CompTIA Security+ certification is considered a global standard for validating cybersecurity skills. CompTIA created the Security+ certification and exam to teach and assess hands-on skills that security professionals actually use to protect networks and the information. This 100% online course you will help you master the basics of system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security.  

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the principles of network security
  • Identify the steps for compliance and operational security
  • Describe methods for preventing threats and vulnerabilities
  • Identify the steps for controlling access as well as managing identity
  • Comprehend the principles of cryptography

Module 1: Security Attacks and Cryptography

  • Introduction to Security 
  • Threat Management  

Module 2: Security and Protection

  • Threats and Attacks 
  • Endpoint Application Development 
  • Mobile Device Security 

Module 3: Cryptography

  • The Basics 
  • Keys and Protocols 

Module 4: Security on Networks

  • Networking Threats 
  • Network Applications 
  • Cloud and Virtualization 
  • Wireless Networks 

Module 5: Enterprise Security

  • Authentication 
  • Incidents 
  • Resilience 
  • Risk Management 
  • Explain disaster recovery and continuity 
  • Risk Mitigation 

Module 6: Final Exam and Completion Steps

  • Final Exam
  • Completion Confirmation 

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There are no prerequisites to take the course. However, CompTIA recommends having up to two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus for the Security+ exam.

By course completion, you will be fully prepared to sit for the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 certification exam. According to CompTIA™, Security+ is the most widely-used preparation to meet the US Department of Defense's DoD 8570 compliance standard.

Hardware Requirements

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Mac users are encouraged to have access to a Windows environment on their device.
  • Webcams are strongly recommended.

Software Requirements

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: OS 10.x or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email.

James E. Mitchell Jr is the lead instructor for our Online CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+ Course and provides support and mentorship for students. He brings over a decade of experience in computer repair, network security, and help desk support and more than 20 years of experience in cyber security. He previously led telecommunications teams at Comcast and Verizon and was a subject matter expert for BCCC’s cyber security program. He currently operates testing centers offering PearsonVue, ETS, Kryterion, Certi-Port, and Scantron exams. In addition to a degree in electronics and computer technology, he actively holds certifications in CompTia A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA and CEH.

*NOTE: WIOA and other specialized workforce assistance programs are not eligible for discounts.

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Towson University is an CompTIA Authorized Academy and Authorized Partner.

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