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Mike Meyers' CompTIA Security+ Certification Passport, Fourth Edition  (Exam SY0-401) (Mike Meyers' Certficiation Passport)

Mike Meyers' CompTIA Security+ Certification Passport, Fourth Edition (Exam SY0-401) (Mike Meyers' Certficiation Passport) [Kindle Edition]

Dawn Dunkerley , T. J. Samuelle

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From the #1 Name in Professional Certification

Prepare for CompTIA Security+ Exam SY0-401 with McGraw-Hill Professional—a Platinum-Level CompTIA Authorized Partner offering Authorized CompTIA Approved Quality Content to give you the competitive edge on exam day.

Get on the fast track to becoming CompTIA Security+ certified with this affordable, portable study tool--fully revised for the latest exam release. Inside, certification training experts guide you on your career path, providing expert tips and sound advice along the way. With an intensive focus only on what you need to know to pass CompTIA Security+ Exam SY0-401, this certification passport is your ticket to success on exam day.


  • Itineraries -- List of official exam objectives covered
  • ETAs -- Amount of time needed to complete each lesson
  • Travel Advisories -- Expert advice on critical topics
  • Local Lingo -- Concise definitions of key terms and concepts
  • Travel Assistance -- Recommended resources for more information
  • Exam Tips -- Common exam pitfalls and solutions
  • Checkpoints -- End-of-chapter questions, answers, and explanations
  • Career Flight Path -- Information on the exam and possible next steps

Electronic content includes:

  • 200 practice exam questions
  • PDF copy of the book

About the Author

Mike Meyers, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, MCP, is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certification and the bestselling author of eight editions of CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world.

Dawn Dunkerley, Ph.D., CISSP, CSSLP, PMP, holds the 2011 (ISC)2 Government Information Security Leadership Award (Crystal) and conducts research on cyberwarfare and cybersecurity.

T.J. Samuelle, CompTIA Security+, is an ITconsultant and author of several books on CompTIAcertifications.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4413 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 4 edition (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JFG708K
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very easy ready book that helped me a lot passing Security+ 19 Aug. 2014
By Alain Uwizeyimana - Published on
I passed my exam on Aug 9th. This is a very easy ready book that helped me a lot passing Security+. I really like the size and feel unlike Conklin that is hard cover. You can skim some topics if you feel comfortable. In my case I spent more time on protocols and cryptography and network security topics.
I highly recommend using Security+ study topics (from CompTIA site) as a guide when reading this book though some topics might be duplicated (repetition does not hurt). In addition to this book, I spent some great time on Youtube for topics that were a little tough.
This book is written to understand the subject not just to pass the test. I will keep this book for future reference.
Since this book is called ‘Security+ SY0-401’, it should follow the Security+ objective topics. Topics are scatted all over the book and Index is not that great, so have a copy of the exam’s objective and make notes on it.
It took me only 3weeks to pass Security+ after Network+ using same Author AND no other expensive practice test and I’m a newbie in IT (Just college experience).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Dec. 2014
By Matthew - Published on
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I used books written by Mike Meyers to pass A+ and Net+ exams, both of which were written very well, contained minimal errors, and provided comprehensive coverage without unnecessary repetition. I have to say, this book left something to be desired. First of all, Mike Meyers is not the author as the title might suggest, he is the editor (and a poor one at that). This book, which was written by two other authors, was haphazardly put together with apparently little collaboration. This becomes apparent as the reader progresses through the book, as a number of topics are inadequately covered with very little detail, often repetitively. Readers will feel a sense of deja vu several times throughout the book, thinking "hasn't this been covered already, and this new explanation is equally vague." I am recently CCNA - Security certified; I can say based off of that training that some of the assertions in this book are either inaccurate or do not tell the entire story. Furthermore, the knowledge that readers will acquire from this book is more theoretical than practical, which may be more of a critique on the Security+ objectives themselves rather than any neglect of authorship in this regard.

The book contradicts itself and contains a number of obvious grammatical and pedagogical errors. For example, on page 351 the authors write "most computer viruses self-replicate without the knowledge of the computer user." Yet on page 356, the authors assert that a worm self-replicates, writing "Compare this to viruses, which cannot self-replicate." This is not an anomaly within the book, but an example of one of many frustrating mistakes that are confusing to the reader. I was disappointed in this book, which I had bought because I was familiar with and loved the editor's previous books.

That being said, this book may give you what you need to pass the exam if you can move past annoying errors and repetition, and particularly if you also already have experience or related training. Without that, I'm not sure this would be enough to pass the exam, but I have yet to take it. There may be a better source that would more effectively give you everything you need. If I had it to do over again, I would buy another book if one was available for a similar price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay... but there's better. 27 Oct. 2014
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This is a good book to have when preparing for the Security+ exam. I bought this book in addition to the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: SY0-401 and CompTIA Security+ Certification Practice Exams, Second Edition (Exam SY0-401) (Certification Press). This book is my least favorite of the three. I believe that this book contains all of the information that the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: SY0-401 has but I like the flow of the second book better.

I am not a computer security person so this book just seemed to be a bit dry for me. I am a program security person but I need Security+ for work. I found the CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: SY0-401to be easier to read and understand from a beginner level.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for review, but don't rely solely on this book. 4 Dec. 2014
By KcMsterpce - Published on
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I like it, but don't rely ONLY on this for the test.
I read the entire David L. Prowse SYO-301 book, did all those practice tests and exercises. Then, I skimmed through most of this book and read up on chapters that were challenging for me to digest (mostly PKI, encryption and authentication server topics) to reinforce my learning.
If you know every sentence of every page of this book, you'll pass the test. However, I would also recommend getting your hands on other materials and trying to APPLY your knowledge before taking the exam. Not one thing is the be-all, end-all answer key to passing Sec+.
During the Sec+ studies, I also read the entire Mike Meyers A+ book; an entire college book (800 pages) for Network+; ProProf's online notes; Professor Messer videos on Youtube; AND the COMPTIA Certmaster program for Sec+ V.301.

I wanted to know the material inside and out. Not just "know the answers", but understand WHY things are the way they are. I passed A+ and Sec+ within a week of each other. Sec+ was the more challenging one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great study material 10 July 2014
By Rob - Published on
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This is a excellent study book. I recommend it for anyone looking for study material for Security + certification
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