National Credential
Credential: CompTIA Security+ ce  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  Army eLearning resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

The CompTIA Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an introductory level certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control, assessments and audits, cryptography and organizational security. Occupations relevant to this certification include computer security specialists, computer and information systems managers, and network and computer systems administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ ce candidates have at least two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ ce certification is also recommended.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

CompTIA Security+ ce

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 09L Interpreter/Translator MOS other          
Enlisted 11B Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS other          
Enlisted 12Y Geospatial Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 13J Fire Control Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II      
Enlisted 15W Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators MOS other          
Enlisted 17C Cyber Operations Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 17E Electronic Warfare Specialist MOS most   III      
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI most          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 1E Knowledge Management Professional ASI other          
Enlisted 1K Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations ASI most          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II Star credentialStar    Gap Analysis
Enlisted 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS most   III      
Enlisted 25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager MOS some          
Enlisted 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25M Multimedia Illustrator MOS other          
Enlisted 25N Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. III Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 25T Satellite/Microwave Systems Chief MOS some          
Enlisted 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 25W Telecommunications Operations Chief MOS other          
Enlisted 25Z Visual Information Operations Chief MOS other          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS other          
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS other          
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS other          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS other          
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 7D Assignment Oriented Training ASI other          
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94H Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94W Electronic Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted 94Z Senior Electronic Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI most          
Enlisted J2 Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Maintainer ASI some          
Enlisted L7 Joint Fires Observer ASI other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI some          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI some          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI most          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170A CYBER Operations Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 670A Health Services Maintenance Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 948E Senior Electronics Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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CompTIA Security+ ce

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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CompTIA Security+ ce

  • 1.0 Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities (21%)
    • 1.1 Given a scenario, analyze indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware.
    • 1.2 Compare and contrast types of attacks.
    • 1.3 Explain threat actor types and attributes.
    • 1.4 Explain penetration testing concepts.
    • 1.5 Explain vulnerability scanning concepts.
    • 1.6 Explain the impact associated with types of vulnerabilities.
  • 2.0 Technologies and Tools (22%)
    • 2.1 Install and configure network components, both hardware and software-based, to support organizational security.
    • 2.2 Given a scenario, use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organization.
    • 2.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common security issues.
    • 2.4 Given a scenario, analyze and interpret output from security technologies.
    • 2.5 Given a scenario, deploy mobile devices securely.
    • 2.6 Given a scenario, implement secure protocols.
  • 3.0 Architecture and Design (15%)
    • 3.1 Explain use cases and purpose for frameworks, best practices and secure configuration guides.
    • 3.2 Given a scenario, implement secure network architecture concepts.
    • 3.3 Given a scenario, implement secure systems design.
    • 3.4 Explain the importance of secure staging deployment concepts.
    • 3.5 Explain the security implications of embedded systems.
    • 3.6 Summarize secure application development and deployment concepts.
    • 3.7 Summarize cloud and virtualization concepts.
    • 3.8 Explain how resiliency and automation strategies reduce risk.
    • 3.9 Explain the importance of physical security controls.
  • 4.0 Identity and Access Management (16%)
    • 4.1 Compare and contrast identity and access management concepts.
    • 4.2 Given a scenario, install and configure identity and access services.
    • 4.3 Given a scenario, implement identity and access management controls.
    • 4.4 Given a scenario, differentiate common account management practices.
  • 5.0 Risk Management (14%)
    • 5.1 Explain the importance of policies, plans and procedures related to organizational security.
    • 5.2 Summarize business impact analysis concepts.
    • 5.3 Explain risk management processes and concepts.
    • 5.4 Given a scenario, follow incident response procedures.
    • 5.5 Summarize basic concepts of forensics.
    • 5.6 Explain disaster recovery and continuity of operation concepts.
    • 5.7 Compare and contrast various types of controls.
    • 5.8 Given a scenario, carry out data security and privacy practices.
  • 6.0 Cryptography and PKI (12%)
    • 6.1 Compare and contrast basic concepts of cryptography.
    • 6.2 Explain cryptography algorithms and their basic characteristics.
    • 6.3 Given a scenario, install and configure wireless security settings.
    • 6.4 Given a scenario, implement public key infrastructure.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ ce examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) testing process, visit the agency website.

CompTIA Security+ ce

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Security+ ce credential has the following recertification information:

  • Beginning January 1, 2011, CompTIA A+ ce, CompTIA Network+ ce and CompTIA Security+ ce certifications are valid for three years from the date the candidate becomes certified. After January 2011, certified individuals will need to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education program and will have three years from the date certified to successfully complete the required CE units, earn a higher level CompTIA certification, or pass the Recertification Exam.

    Individuals certified on or before December 31, 2010 in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ will retain their "certified for life" status. More information on the renewal requirements can be found on the CompTIA website.

CompTIA Security+ ce

Additional considerations for the CompTIA Security+ ce include:

  • It is recommended that candidadtes have a minimum of two years of experience in IT administration with a focus on security.
  • It is recommended that candidates hold the CompTIA Network+ certification.