CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) is a vendor-neutral certification for IT professionals looking to gain IT security analyst skills, and for those following the recommended skills pathway to achieve cybersecurity mastery. It provides a bridge between CompTIA Security+ and CASP thus completing a certification path within the CompTIA family of certifications.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Certification Path
As a CSA+ certified candidate, you will have the knowledge and skills to configure and use opens source detection tools, perform data analysis, and interpret results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization. The end goal of the Cybersecurity Analyst is securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization.
Performance Based Assessment
The performance-based CSA+ exam will include hands-on simulations. These simulations require test-takers to perform security analyst job tasks during the exam. To prepare for these performance-based assessments, trainers, educators and publishers should emphasize open-source analytics tools and teamwork. Use net wars or cyberwarfare scenarios with red teams as pen testers, white teams as security analysts, and blue teams as incident responders.
CSA+ is an approved certification by the DOD. Below is a table listing all of the DOD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications