Are you planning to take CompTIA’s Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) exam this year? Then you should be preparing for the new CASP since CompTIA has recently announced the updates to this exam. The new version of CASP exam has the CS-002 code. The old exam CAS-001 will retire on June 20, 2015. Although it may seem like you still have time, we recommend that you switch to preparing for the new exam.
For those of our readers who are new to CompTIA certification program, CASP is an advanced level exam that validates candidates’ full competency and skills in IT security. According to CompTIA, the new version of the exam addresses the latest enterprise-level cybersecurity threats. The exam ensures that the new CASP credential holders can effectively combat the growing threat of malware coming from individual hackers and well as from organized hacking groups. The new CASP version also covers the troubleshooting processes security professionals rely on to keep data, devices and networks secure.
Needless to say that while the old CASP exam wasn’t a piece of cake, the new one will be even more challenging. “Each hack is unique,” noted James Stanger, senior director, product development, CompTIA. ”It takes technical knowledge and creativity to combat these threats. These advanced skills are assessed in the CASP exam.”
The CASP certification exam validates competency in enterprise security; risk management; incident response; research and analysis; integration of computing, communications and business disciplines; and technical integration of enterprise components.
CASP exam targets IT professionals with at least 10 years’ experience in IT administration and five years hands-on technical security experience in job roles such as information security analyst, security architect, cybersecurity risk manager and cybersecurity risk analyst. The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) exam is an internationally targeted validation of advanced level security skills and knowledge. While there is no formal prerequisite, the CASP certification is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus at the enterprise level.
The exam does not exceed 80 questions and is fully performance based. CASP CAS-002 exam objectives include:
- Enterprise Security – 30%
- Risk Management and Incident Response 20%
- Research and Analysis – 18%
- Integration of Computing, Communications and Business Disciplines – 16%
- Technical Integration of Enterprise Components – 16%
For a full list of CASP exa, objectives and subtopics, please refer to CompTIA website.