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This book has confused me so far. I'm sure RBAC is Role Based Access Control and not Rule Based Access Control. Question answers appear to be subjective, I work with Checkpoint and Cisco Firewalls and Linux, and IDS/IPS as well as a custom Siem and have done for 15 years plus.
The content does not match my experience. which does not fill me with confidence for the rest of the book. I was hoping it would fill gaps in my knowledge, not create new ones. I might as well use the 10% exam voucher discount, however, I would not buy again.
Great study book. I have used the Exam Crams for a few other certificates and they seem to provide the perfect amount of information versus study points for the exams. Highly recommend these books to anyone working on certificates as a great method of reviewing before your tests!
The book covers a decent amount of material and if you read it slowly it will help you to understand important concepts. However the book was missing some stuff that was on the test... Primarily commands to perform various tasks in Unix, Linux and Windows OS environments. The Cryptography portion was helpful and provided the 'base' amount of refreshment for me to remember what I learned in college already. The book did repeat several things though and covered portions which it did not really need to cover. The cram sheet was excellent. The ports and protocols list in the book were missing some important information you needed to know in the test (TCP vs UDP, LDAP, LDAPS).
What I did the prepare and pass was the following: Read the entire Examcram over the course of a month Take the practice test and identify areas you are weak in, then reread those chapters. Purchase a security+ questions app on my phone (contained 600 questions). Identified my weaknesses from those questions then either research them on the web or in the book. Took all the free Security+ practice test questions I could online, thus identifying further weaknesses (then researched the info). Watched all of the performance based questions on Youtube I could. Read the Exam cram sheet right before going into the testing center.
I highly recommend buying Certblaster's SY0-401 questions (Of the 30 free certblaster questions I used, at least 5 of them were on the test).
My background is: 3 years Employed in the IT field (2014 - now) AAS in cybersecurity (2015) No other certs
This book is AWFUL. It contains major mistakes and factual inaccuracies that are NOT in the errata. Beware if taking the exam and relying on this text. The publisher is totally unhelpful and frankly, arrogant. If a company is publishing a book that is supposed to educate, the text should be free of errors. Period. The authors, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss and Kirk Hausman purport to be experts, yet the book they take credit for writing shows a LACK of expertise. Furthermore, the technical editor, Chris Crayton, Proofreader, Megan Wade-Taxter and their supervisors have all failed to catch very obvious errors. This has a profoundly negative effect not only on the students/exam-takers who rely on these materials, but also the companies that hire them. Information Technology, particulary Information Technology Security, which is the focus of this book, has no room for error. Subtle configuration, design and implementation errors can have severe, far-reaching effects. The Equifax breach is a perfect example. Yet, Pearson continues to disinform the next generation of IT Security professionals. SHAME ON THE WRITERS, EDITORS AND PUBLISHER OF THIS BOOK.
The included practice tests are about the only thing of major value in this book. The book itself, in my opinion, is poorly organized and very hard to follow. If you learn better from plain english and real world experience, get Darril Gibson's Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead. It was a tremendous help. I would still recommend this only as a backup for the practice tests.
Got my security + certification using this book and it's practice tests. I've used the Exam Cram in the past for the A+ and the Network+ and now my Seucrity+ and every time I've gone in and passed the exams on my first try. These have been and will continue to be my go tos when taking CompTIA cert exams.