My school is currently offering a "Cyber Security" class that specializes in the topic. The class description advertises a certification useful in the industry known as "Security Pro". 

Link here: http://www.testout.com/home/it-certification-training/purchasing/labsim-isbns

I would like to know if anyone has any experience with this company, "Test Out" or any of their programs, and I would like to know if this class would be useful to study. I"m not too sure what the course will be like, as things are still being set up with the school, so I"m looking for information before I"m enrolled permanently. 

Thank you for any input. 


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Rdavid Aug 19, 2014 at 20:45 UTC

I decided to "Live Chat" with them because I had nothing else to do.

This link might help you understand the "Security Pro" better.

You are watching: Security pro certification

http://www.testout.com/home/educator-resources/instructor-tools/labsim-outlines/security-pro-2014-ou...

P.S- They teach the very basics under the "Security Pro". I would rename it as "Security Padawan" or maybe go as far as calling it "Security Intermediate". Not "Security Pro"


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brianwhelton
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Aug 19, 2014 at 20:46 UTC

Whelton Network Solutions is an IT service provider.


As far as security certs, I"m CCSP, CCNP Security, Cisco Specialist in IPS, Firewall, VPN and IOS Security and recently took their Cyber Security Specialist exam (and passed).

Never heard of it, I would suggest the CCNA


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Bud G.
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Aug 19, 2014 at 20:54 UTC

From what I read, their PC Pro and Network Pro are based off A+ and Network+. I"m going to assume their Security Pro is based off Sec+. 

Now if it were me, I"d just get the Sec+. But you may want to download the exam objectives for the Sec+ and compare them to the stuff for their Sec Pro. You might use it as a prep class for the Sec+.


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Tim Seibert
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Aug 19, 2014 at 21:01 UTC

I just finished a class at my local branch college, the course itself was useful, and the exam wasn"t terrible... now I"m curious why it"s taken "Testout" so long to get me a copy of the certification... it"s been about a month and a half now. 


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Rdavid Aug 19, 2014 at 21:03 UTC

Start with Security+, GSEC, GPEN, CISSP. This should be plenty to start with. In fact- you can already start learning. Create a lab- 2 or more devices, VMs, switches(optional). Create a DMZ and research how to find vulnerabilities on a Operating System, Network, Web Application security and so on.


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Rdavid Aug 19, 2014 at 21:03 UTC

Bud G. wrote:

From what I read, their PC Pro and Network Pro are based off A+ and Network+. I"m going to assume their Security Pro is based off Sec+. 

Now if it were me, I"d just get the Sec+. But you may want to download the exam objectives for the Sec+ and compare them to the stuff for their Sec Pro. You might use it as a prep class for the Sec+.

I did that and you are spot on!.
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jschadt Aug 19, 2014 at 21:13 UTC

I have never heard of it, the page you linked shows that it is preparation for the SY0-401 though, which is the new CompTIA Security+ exam.

If it were me, I would skip the class and self-study for the Security+ instead. The CompTIA stuff is absolutely entry-level, you"ll be just fine.

Good luck!


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Aug 19, 2014 at 21:58 UTC

If its the same as Sec+ I would just go with that for the simple fact it is more widely known.


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Martin2012
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Aug 20, 2014 at 08:23 UTC

Security+ is a good starting place, industry recognised etc.

See more: Amc Dine-In Holly Springs 9

The Cisco Certs are great but you need to have the CCNA as a starter, and a more network (tcp-ip/switch) related rather than going further up the protocol start and physical/algorithms etc

CISSP you need 4 years commercial security experience (and a relavent degree) or 5 years experience if no degree


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