Sunday, April 23, 2006

Security+ Study Guide, 3E

The third edition of the Security+ Study Guide has just been released. It was necessary to do this edition since CompTIA did a substantial "running upgrade" of the exam. The running upgrade included changing the exam to include new questions without first doing a beta. The logic goes that since they were not changing the domains/objectives and just tweaking the topics, there was no need to change the exam number, do a beta, etc.

This edition has been written to the exam changes and includes a great many sample questions (end of each chapter, two bonus exams on the CD, etc.) as well as significantly updated information on wireless technologies and some other areas where the previous books were weak. The book can be found in stores or on Amazon at

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Updated Security+ From CompTIA

CompTIA did a running update of the Security+ exam very quietly this year. They removed older questions and seeded in newer ones that test on current technologies and keep the exam relevant. A review of the first half of this exam is now posted and available at

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The latest word on Network+

There are a few certification exams that I think fondly of, or find a real purpose for, and Network+ is one of those. I became a fan of this single-exam credential when it first debuted in the late '90s and was embraced by a number of vendors as a substitute for the basic networking test within their proprietary tracks. This vendor-neutral multiple-choice exam was the first one released by CompTIA that had the potential to serve as a key element in certifications from Novell, Microsoft and others (and has). To keep it current, it was revised in 2002 and again in 2005. As of this writing, it is estimated that there are currently 140,000 individuals holding this certification....