The CompTIA Security+ Certification SY0-501 Online Course guides students through the latest CompTIA Security+ IT certification programme, and is intended to ensure foundation-level security skills and proficiency for security and organisation professionals. The Security+ Online Course can benefit those preparing for the SY0-501 Exam, but is also useful for those who want to cover the essential principles for network security and risk management.

The CompTIA Security+ training program certifies aptitude and proficiency in the field of: network infrastructure, system security, organizational security, and access control. The course covers the topics such as threats, attacks and vulnerabilities; technologies and tools; architecture and design; identity and access management; risk management; cryptography and PKI. The certification provides knowledge and skills to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability required to protect your network from threats and attacks.

CompTIA Security+ ensures an IT professional has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices;
  • Perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques;
  • Participate in risk mitigation activities;
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations.

Elearning Portal:

Security+ Online CourseThis course is delivered through our online course portal and will give students 12 months access to their materials. The course includes over 80 videos, and interactive activities that to keep the student engaged, and each lesson includes Flash Cards, a short quiz and exercises to confirm your understanding of the subject. When returning to your studies you to return to the last point or to the furthest point you have read.

Free Trial: We recommend that students register for and access a free trial of this course prior to enrolment. As this is a digital edition of the course, refunds cannot be issued once the access code has been issued. The free trial will give you access to the first lesson of the course materials.

The Security+ Certification SY0-501 Online Course includes the following contents:


The pre-assessment is designed as a guide to assess the students’ knowledge of the course topics before they begin the course. The results will help them to understand what you need to learn and after going through the course contents they will be able to score higher on this and the other practice tests in the course.

Chapters & Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction

This lesson covers the following subjects: Before You Begin the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam; Why Become Security+ Certified?; How to Become a Security+ Certified Professional; Who Should Read This Book?; What Does This Book Cover?; Tips for Taking the Security+ Exam; Exam SY0-501 Exam Objectives; and SY0-501 Certification Exam Objective Map.

  • Lesson 2: Managing Risk

This lesson covers the following subjects: Threat Assessment; Risk Assessment; Developing Policies, Standards, and Guidelines; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 3: Monitoring and Diagnosing Networks

This lesson covers the following subjects: Frameworks, Best Practices, and Configuration Guides; Secure Network Architecture Concepts; Secure Systems Design; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 4: Understanding Devices and Infrastructure

This lesson covers the following subjects: Designing with Security in Mind; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 5: Identity and Access Management

This lesson covers the following subjects: Using Tools to Assess Your Network; Troubleshooting Common Security Issues; Security Technologies; Identity and Access Management Concepts; Install and Configure Identity and Access Services; File and Database Security; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 6: Wireless Network Threats

This lesson covers the following subjects: Wireless Vulnerabilities to Know; Wireless Commonsense; Wireless Attack Analogy; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 7: Securing the Cloud

This lesson covers the following subjects: Working with Cloud Computing; Working with Virtualization; Security and the Cloud; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 8: Host, Data, and Application Security

This lesson covers the following subjects: Threat Actors and Attributes; Use of Open Source Intelligence; Types of Vulnerabilities; Embedded Systems Security; Application Vulnerabilities; Secure Programming; Other Application Security Issues; Code Issues; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 9: Cryptography

This lesson covers the following subjects: An Overview of Cryptography; Modern Cryptography; Using Cryptographic Systems; Understanding Cryptography Standards and Protocols; Public Key Infrastructure; Using Public Key Infrastructure; Authentication; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 10: Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities

This lesson covers the following subjects: Threat and Attack Terminology; Living in a World of Viruses; Malware and Crypto-Malware; Understanding Various Types of Application/Service Attacks; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 11: Social Engineering and Other Foes

This lesson covers the following subjects: Understanding Social Engineering; Understanding Physical Security; Various Control Types; Data Security and Privacy Practices; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 12: Security Administration

This lesson covers the following subjects: Connection Types; Mobile Devices; Account Management Concepts; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 13: Disaster Recovery and Incident Response

This lesson covers the following subjects: Penetration Testing; Issues Associated with Business Continuity; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 14: Appendix A: 3D Game Simulation
  • Lesson 15: Appendix B: Videos


The course includes 81 videos, totaling over 20 hours to help understand concepts. It also includes "How Tos" that help learners with how to accomplish certain tasks.

Practice Exams:

Prepare for your exam with 95+ pre-assessment questions, 2 full length tests and 90+ post-assessment questions. Practice tests comes with learn, test and review modes. In learn mode, learners will attempt a question and will get immediate feedback as they move on to the next question. In test mode, learners can take a timed test simulating the actual exam conditions. In review mode, learners can read through one item at a time without attempting it.

Post Assessment:

This is final indicator to gauge a student’s readiness and should be attempted after all of the exercises and practice tests have been completed.

Additional MeasureUp Exam Preparation Software:

Official MeasureUp practice test software is included with our course materials which gives students 365 days access to over 400 Questions and Robust Explanations. MeasureUp offer quality test content so that you will be prepared for your exams. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so students are ready for any question. The practice tests are written by industry experts in this subject area.

Please Note: The MeasureUp practice exam requires the use of Chrome as your browser in order to study with the simulation type questions and is not compatible with mobile devices.

MeasureUp Exam Preparation Software
MeasureUp Exam Preparation Software
MeasureUp Exam Preparation Software

Live Labs: Optional (Available for £120.00):

Online Live Labs can be purchased for £120.00 as an additional item when ordering from our website. The live labs are available for 12 months and give you access to real computer equipment, networked together and conveniently accessible over the internet using virtualization. A Live Lab has equipment such as computers, servers, switches or routers, that a user is free to configure.

The benefits of live-labs are:

  1. Exam based practical tasks
  2. Real equipment, absolutely no simulations<
  3. Access to the latest industry technologies
  4. Available anytime, anywhere on any device
  5. Break and Reset functionality
  6. No hardware costs


While there are no official prerequisites for the SY0-501 exam, CompTIA recommend candidates have completed the Network+ syllabus and have a minimum of two years experience in IT administration with a focus on security.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have 12 months access to the course materials. This home study course is designed as a self-study course, but email support is available for the 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


Assessment is from the CompTIA Security+ Certification SY0-501 Examination. The Examination has a maximum of 90 questions in a multiple choice and performance-based questions over a 90 minute period. The Exam is graded on a scale of 100 - 900 with a minimum passing score of 750.


Security Plus CertificationOn completion of the Security+ Online Course you can apply for the Security+ SY0-501 Examination.

Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and are currently £201.00 + VAT each.

You can find or register for your nearest exam centres by selecting the Test Takers option from the Pearson Vue Website.

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