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As an IT workforce certification, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) uses behavioral analytics on networks and devices to prevent, identify, and counteract cybersecurity threats through ongoing security monitoring. The only intermediate, high-stakes cybersecurity analyst certification that includes multiple-choice and performance-based questions.

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The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) course provides a comprehensive overview of advanced cybersecurity concepts and skills, focusing on threat detection, analysis, and response. This certification equips professionals with the expertise needed to protect organizations from evolving cyber threats.

The CompTIA CySA+ course prepares professionals to take on roles such as cybersecurity analyst, security operations center (SOC) analyst, and security consultant. The certification validates your ability to proactively defend against cyber threats and contribute to the overall security posture of an organization. Through hands-on labs and real-world scenarios, the course equips you with practical skills to analyze and respond to various security incidents effectively

  1. Cybersecurity Analysts
  2. Security Operations Center (SOC) Analysts
  3. IT Professionals transitioning to cybersecurity roles
  4. Network Administrators
  5. Incident Responders
  6. Security Consultants
  7. Security Engineers
  8. Compliance Analysts
  9. Threat Intelligence Analysts
  10. Vulnerability Analysts
  • Basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems.
  • Fundamental understanding of networking concepts and protocols.
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity fundamentals and concepts.
  • Experience in IT or cybersecurity roles is recommended but not mandatory.
  • CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certification (recommended, but not required).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to effectively analyze and respond to security incidents.
  • Proficiency in interpreting security-related data and logs.
  • Understanding of risk management and compliance principles.
  • Knowledge of threat detection and response techniques.
  • Ability to communicate security issues and recommendations clearly to technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Exam Codes

CS0-002

CS0-003

Launch Date

April 21, 2020

June 6, 2023

Exam Description

The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to leverage intelligence and threat detection techniques, analyze and interpret data, identify and address vulnerabilities, suggest preventative measures, and effectively respond to and recover from incidents.

The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to detect and analyze indicators of malicious activity, understand threat intelligence and threat management, respond to attacks and vulnerabilities, perform incident response, and report and communicate related activity.

Number of Questions

Maximum of 85 questions

Type of Questions

Multiple choice and performance-based

Length of Test

165 minutes

Passing Score

750 (on a scale of 100-900)

Recommended Experience

Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 4 years of hands-on information security or related experience.

Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 4 years of hands-on experience as an incident response analyst or security operations center (SOC) analyst, or equivalent experience.

Languages

English, Japanese

English, with Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish to follow

Retirement

December 5, 2023 – English, Japanese to follow.

TBD – Usually three years after launch

$392 is the exam fee for compTIA CYSA+

750 (on a scale of 100-900)

  • 1.0 Security Operations 33% 
  • 2.0 Vulnerability Management 30% 
  • 3.0 Incident Response and Management 20% 
  • 4.0 Reporting and Communication 17%
  •  Total 100%

The CompTIA CySA+ certification is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of successful certification. To maintain the certification's validity and demonstrate your up-to-date skills in the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, you have the option to renew your CompTIA CySA+ certification by completing continuing education activities or retaking the latest version of the certification exam. The renewal process helps ensure that certified professionals stay current with the latest cybersecurity practices and knowledge.

compTIA CYSA+ syallabus

Threat Management 27%

Given a scenario, apply environmental reconnaissance techniques using appropriate tools and processes.

1. Procedures/common tasks

  • Topology discovery
  • OS fingerprinting
  • Service discovery
  • Packet capture
  • Log review
  • Router/firewall ACLs review
  • Email harvesting
  • Social media profiling
  • Social engineering
  • DNS harvesting
  • Phishing

2. Variables

  • Wireless vs. wired
  • Virtual vs. physical
  • Internal vs. external
  • On-premises vs. cloud

3. Tools

  • NMAP
  • Host scanning
  • Network mapping
  • NETSTAT
  • Packet analyzer
  • IDS/IPS
  • HIDS/NIDS
  • Firewall rule-based and logs
  • Syslog
  • Vulnerability scanner

Given a scenario, analyze the results of a network reconnaissance.

1. Point-in-time data analysis

  • Packet analysis
  • Protocol analysis
  • Traffic analysis
  • Netflow analysis
  • Wireless analysis

2. Data correlation and analytics

  • Anomaly analysis
  • Trend analysis
  • Availability analysis
  • Heuristic analysis
  • Behavioral analysis

3. Data output

  • Firewall logs
  • Packet captures
  • NMAP scan results
  • Event logs
  • Syslogs
  • IDS report

4. Tools

  • SIEM
  • Packet analyzer
  • IDS
  • Resource monitoring tool
  • Netflow analyzer

Given a network-based threat, implement or recommend the appropriate response and countermeasure.

1. Network segmentation

  • System isolation
  • Jump box

2. Honeypot
3. Endpoint security
4. Group policies
5. ACLs

  • Sinkhole

6. Hardening

  • Mandatory Access Control (MAC)
  • Compensating controls
  • Blocking unused ports/services
  • Patching

7. Network Access Control (NAC)

  • Time-based
  • Rule-based
  • Role-based
  • Location-based

Explain the purpose of practices used to secure a corporate environment.

1. Penetration testing

  • Rules of engagement
  • Timing
  • Scope
  • Authorization
  • Exploitation
  • Communication
  • Reporting

2. Reverse engineering

  • Isolation/sandboxing
  • Hardware
  • Source authenticity of hardware
  • Trusted foundry
  • OEM documentation
  • Software/malware
  • Fingerprinting/hashing
  • Decomposition

3. Training and exercises

  • Red team
  • Blue team
  • White team

4. Risk evaluation

  • Technical control review
  • Operational control review
  • Technical impact and likelihood
  • High
  • Medium
  • Low

Vulnerability Management 26%

Given a scenario, implement an information security vulnerability management process.

1. Identification of requirements

  • Regulatory environments
  • Corporate policy
  • Data classification
  • Asset inventory
  • Critical
  • Non-critical

2. Establish scanning frequency

  • Risk appetite
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Technical constraints
  • Workflow

3. Configure tools to perform scans according to specification

  • Determine scanning criteria
  • Sensitivity levels
  • Vulnerability feed
  • Scope
  • Credentialed vs. non-credentialed
  • Types of data
  • Server-based vs. agent-based
  • Tool updates/plug-ins
  • SCAP
  • Permissions and access

4. Execute scanning
5. Generate reports

  • Automated vs. manual distribution

6. Remediation

  • Prioritizing
  • Criticality
  • Difficulty of implementation
  • Communication/change control
  • Sandboxing/testing
  • Inhibitors to remediation
  • MOUs
  • SLAs
  • Organizational governance
  • Business process interruption
  • Degrading functionality

7. Ongoing scanning and continuous monitoring

Given a scenario, analyze the output resulting from a vulnerability scan.

1. Analyze reports from a vulnerability scan

  • Review and interpret scan results
  • Identify false positives
  • Identify exceptions
  • Prioritize response actions

2. Validate results and correlate other data points

  • Compare to best practices or compliance
  • Reconcile results
  • Review related logs and/ or other data sources
  • Determine trends

Compare and contrast common vulnerabilities found in the following targets within an organization.

1. Servers
2. Endpoints
3. Network infrastructure
4. Network appliances
5. Virtual infrastructure

  • Virtual hosts
  • Virtual networks
  • Management interface

6. Mobile devices
7. Interconnected networks
8. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
9. Industrial Control Systems (ICSs)
10. SCADA devices

Cyber Incident Response 23%

Given a scenario, distinguish threat data or behavior to determine the impact of an incident.

1. Threat classification

  • Known threats vs. unknown threats
  • Zero day
  • Advanced persistent threat

2. Factors contributing to incident severity and prioritization

  • Scope of impact
  • Downtime
  • Recovery time
  • Data integrity
  • Economic
  • System process criticality
  • Types of data
  • Personally Identifiable
  • Information (PII)
  • Personal Health Information (PHI)
  • Payment card information
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate confidential
  • Accounting data
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Given a scenario, prepare a toolkit and use appropriate forensics tools during an investigation.

1. Forensics kit

  • Digital forensics workstation
  • Write blockers
  • Cables
  • Drive adapters
  • Wiped removable media
  • Cameras
  • Crime tape
  • Tamper-proof seals
  • Documentation/forms
  • Chain of custody form
  • Incident response plan
  • Incident form
  • Call list/escalation list

2. Forensic investigation suite

  • Imaging utilities
  • Analysis utilities
  • Chain of custody
  • Hashing utilities
  • OS and process analysis
  • Mobile device forensics
  • Password crackers
  • Cryptography tools
  • Log viewers

Explain the importance of communication during the incident response process.

1. Stakeholders

  • HR
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Management

2. Purpose of communication processes

  • Limit communication to trusted parties
  • Disclosure based on regulatory/ legislative requirements
  • Prevent inadvertent release of information
  • Secure method of communication

3. Role-based responsibilities

  • Technical
  • Management
  • Law enforcement
  • Retain incident response provider

Given a scenario, analyze common symptoms to select the best course of action to support incident response.

1. Common network-related symptoms

  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Beaconing
  • Irregular peer-to-peer communication
  • Rogue devices on the network
  • Scan sweeps
  • Unusual traffic spikes

2. Common host-related symptoms

  • Processor consumption
  • Memory consumption
  • Drive capacity consumption
  • Unauthorized software
  • Malicious processes
  • Unauthorized changes
  • Unauthorized privileges
  • Data exfiltration

3. Common application-related symptoms

  • Anomalous activity
  • Introduction of new accounts
  • Unexpected output
  • Unexpected outbound communication
  • Service interruption
  • Memory overflows

Summarize the incident recovery and post-incident response process.

1. Containment techniques

  • Segmentation
  • Isolation
  • Removal
  • Reverse engineering

2. Eradication techniques

  • Sanitization
  • Reconstruction/reimage
  • Secure disposal

3. Validation

  • Patching
  • Permissions
  • Scanning
  • Verify logging/communication to security monitoring

4. Corrective actions

  • Lessons learned report
  • Change control process
  • Update incident response plan

5. Incident summary report

Security Architecture and Tool Sets 24%

Explain the relationship between frameworks, common policies, controls, and procedures.

1. Regulatory compliance
2. Frameworks

  • NIST
  • ISO
  • COBIT
  • SABSA
  • TOGAF
  • ITIL

3. Policies

  • Password policy
  • Acceptable use policy
  • Data ownership policy
  • Data retention policy
  • Account management policy
  • Data classification policy

4. Controls

  • Control selection based on criteria
  • Organizationally defined parameters
  • Physical controls
  • Logical controls
  • Administrative controls

5. Procedures

  • Continuous monitoring
  • Evidence production
  • Patching
  • Compensating control development
  • Control testing procedures
  • Manage exceptions
  • Remediation plans

6. Verifications and quality control

  • Audits
  • Evaluations
  • Assessments
  • Maturity model
  • Certification

Given a scenario, use data to recommend remediation of security issues related to identity and access management.

1. Security issues associated with context-based authentication

  • Time
  • Location
  • Frequency
  • Behavioral

2. Security issues associated with identities

  • Personnel
  • Endpoints
  • Servers
  • Services
  • Roles
  • Applications

3. Security issues associated with identity repositories

  • Directory services
  • TACACS+
  • RADIUS

4. Security issues associated with federation and single sign-on

  • Manual vs. automatic provisioning/deprovisioning
  • Self-service password reset

5. Exploits

  • Impersonation
  • Man-in-the-middle
  • Session hijack
  • Cross-site scripting
  • Privilege escalation
  • Rootkit

Given a scenario, review security architecture and make recommendations to implement compensating controls.

1. Security data analytics

  • Data aggregation and correlation
  • Trend analysis
  • Historical analysis

2. Manual review

  • Firewall log
  • Syslogs
  • Authentication logs
  • Event logs

3. Defense in depth

  • Personnel
    Training
    Dual control
    Separation of duties
    Third party/consultants
    Cross training
    Mandatory vacation
    Succession planning
  • Processes
    Continual improvement
    Scheduled reviews
    Retirement of processes
  • Technologies
    Automated reporting
    Security appliances
    Security suites
    Outsourcing
    - Security as a Service
    Cryptography
  • Other security concepts
    Network design
    Network segmentation

Given a scenario, use application security best practices while participating in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

1. Best practices during software development

  • Security requirements definition
  • Security testing phases
    Static code analysis
    Web app vulnerability scanning
    Fuzzing
    Use interception proxy to crawl application
  • Manual peer reviews
  • User acceptance testing
  • Stress test application
  • Security regression testing
  • Input validation

2. Secure coding best practices

  • OWASP
  • SANS
    Center for Internet Security
    - System design recommendations
    - Benchmarks

Compare and contrast the general purpose and reasons for using various cybersecurity tools and technologies.

1. Preventative

  • IPS
    Sourcefire
    Snort
    Bro
  • HIPS
  • Firewall
    Cisco
    Palo Alto
    Check Point
  • Antivirus
  • Anti-malware
  • EMET
  • Web proxy
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    ModSecurity
    NAXSI
    Imperva

2. Collective

  • SIEM
    ArcSight
    QRadar
    Splunk
    AlienVault
    OSSIM
    Kiwi Syslog
  • Network scanning
    NMAP
  • Vulnerability scanning
    Qualys
    Nessus
    OpenVAS
    Nexpose
    Nikto
    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Packet capture
    Wireshark
    tcpdump
    Network General
    Aircrack-ng
  • Command line/IP utilities
    netstat
    ping
    tracert/traceroute
    ipconfig/ifconfig
    nslookup/dig
    Sysinternals
    OpenSSL
  • IDS/HIDS
    Bro

3. Analytical

  • Vulnerability scanning
    Qualys
    Nessus
    OpenVAS
    Nexpose
    Nikto
    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Monitoring tools
    MRTG
    Nagios
    SolarWinds
    Cacti
    NetFlow Analyzer
  • Interception proxy
    Burp Suite
    Zap
    Vega

4. Exploit

  • Interception proxy
    Burp Suite
    Zap
    Vega
  • Exploit framework
    Metasploit
    Nexpose
  • Fuzzers
    Untidy
    Peach Fuzzer
    Microsoft SDL File/Regex Fuzzer

5. Forensics

  • Forensic suites
    EnCase
    FTK
    Helix
    Sysinternals
    Cellebrite
  • Hashing
    MD5sum
    SHAsum
  • Password cracking
    John the Ripper
    Cain & Abel
  • Imaging
    DD

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    - CompTIA CYSA+ COURSE SYLLABUS -

    • The CompTia CYSA+ certification focuses on intermediate levels of cyber security and incident detection for Defence.
    • Applying firewalls and an analytics-based strategy in an organization
    • To discover threats, risks, security alerts, and vulnerabilities in an organization do data analysis and interpret the findings.
    • Establishing, implementing, and utilizing threat detection tools and verifying knowledge and abilities in intermediate security.
    • Information on Security Architects, Cyber Incident Response, and Threat and Vulnerability Management.
    • Describing the connections between various frameworks and policies, as well as comprehending the controls and processes.

    - CompTIA CYSA+ JOBS & SALARY -

    CompTIA CySA+ opens doors to roles such as Cybersecurity Analyst, SOC Analyst, Threat Intelligence Analyst, and Incident Responder.

    CompTIA CySA+ is highly regarded in industries with strong cybersecurity needs, such as finance, healthcare, government, and technology.

    CompTIA CySA+ certified professionals can earn an average annual salary ranging from $60,000 to $100,000, depending on experience and location.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ certification can potentially lead to higher-paying cybersecurity roles compared to non-certified positions.

    Yes, benefits include increased employability, enhanced cybersecurity skills, and the ability to contribute to organizational security strategies.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ is widely recognized and respected by employers and recruiters in the cybersecurity field.

    While not always a strict requirement, CompTIA CySA+ can greatly improve your chances of being considered for cybersecurity roles.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ can serve as a valuable credential for IT professionals looking to transition into cybersecurity positions.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ can pave the way for more advanced roles such as Security Analyst, Security Engineer, and Security Consultant.

    CompTIA CySA+ certified professionals possess the skills to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats, helping organizations safeguard their digital assets and data.

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    - FAQ -

    CompTIA CySA+ certification validates skills in threat detection, analysis, and response, making professionals proficient in cybersecurity operations.

     The course covers threat management, vulnerability management, security operations, compliance, incident response, and more.

    No, CompTIA CySA+ is an intermediate-level certification designed for professionals with foundational cybersecurity knowledge.

    Benefits include enhanced employability, higher earning potential, and the ability to contribute to an organization's cybersecurity posture.

    While not mandatory, practical experience in cybersecurity operations enhances understanding of course concepts.

    CompTIA CySA+ opens doors to roles like Cybersecurity Analyst, SOC Analyst, Threat Intelligence Analyst, and Incident Responder.

    The duration varies based on individual pace, but most candidates complete the training within a few months.

    Yes, you can find online training courses to prepare for the CompTIA CySA+ certification.

    CompTIA CySA+ certified professionals can earn an average annual salary ranging from $60,000 to $100,000, depending on factors like experience and location.

    Yes, as cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, the demand for skilled professionals with CompTIA CySA+ expertise is on the rise.

    ou'll gain skills in threat detection, vulnerability assessment, incident response, and security operations.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ is widely recognized and respected in the cybersecurity industry.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ can provide a solid foundation for transitioning from other IT roles to cybersecurity.

    Yes, there are study guides, practice exams, and official CompTIA resources to help you prepare for the exam.

    CompTIA CySA+ primarily focuses on defensive cybersecurity, emphasizing threat detection and incident response.

    CompTIA CySA+ certification needs to be renewed every three years through continuing education or retaking the latest exam version.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ is designed for professionals with some experience in cybersecurity operations.

    While not mandatory, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications can provide a helpful foundation.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ certification is often recognized and accepted for cybersecurity roles in government organizations.

     Yes, CompTIA CySA+ can pave the way for more advanced roles such as Security Analyst, Security Engineer, and Consultant.

    Industries such as finance, healthcare, government, and technology highly value CompTIA CySA+ certified professionals.

    While not a primary focus, CompTIA CySA+ may touch on basic cloud security concepts within its broader curriculum.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ can provide a competitive edge and increase job prospects when applying for cybersecurity positions.

    Yes, CompTIA CySA+ is well-regarded by employers and recruiters looking for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

    CompTIA CySA+ certified professionals are equipped to proactively detect, analyze, and respond to cybersecurity threats, helping safeguard digital assets and data

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