CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst or CySA+ is the designation that belongs to the cybersecurity pathway along with the PenTest+ and CASP+ certificates. It’s an ideal variant for advanced professionals in cybersecurity. Still, this designation is designed more for tech professionals, that are interested in dealing with technology, rather than working with cybersecurity policy and frameworks.
The CySA+ designation is focused on checking your skills to proactively track, monitor, respond to network traffic detection, implement app and software security, threat hunting, and work with IT regulatory compliance. This certification helps to forehandedly safeguard and improve the security of organizations, as it’s a top priority for them since currently, attackers are able to evade anti-virus software and firewalls. You are an ideal candidate for this CompTIA designation if you can implement threat detection techniques, analyze and interpret data, determine vulnerabilities, offer preventative measures, respond to incidents, and if needed, recover from them.
All these skills will be assessed in the CS0-002 exam, which you are to pass to become CySA+ certified. The test includes up to 85 multiple choice and performance-based questions, which you are to complete within 165 minutes. You can succeed in this exam, when you score 750 points. And note, that before taking this evaluation, your knowledge and skills should be consistent with ones, reflected in the Network+ and Security+ certificates. In addition, at least 4 years of working experience in the information security field is required. Speaking of the price, you will need to spend $370 to sit for this CompTIA exam. The CySA+ test can be taken in-person or online. First of all, you need to create an account on the Pearson VUE testing platform (if you don’t have one), sign in, find a testing center, and schedule your exam date. Then, you should be aware of the testing policies and procedures. On the exam day, arrive prior to your exam time and take your CS0-002 exam.
Having the CySA+ certification under your belt, you can build a career in such worldly recognized companies as Dell, RICOH, NETFLIX, and splunk>. The positions you can apply for include security engineer, threat hunter, compliance analyst, incident handler/response. According to the information stated on the ZipRecruiter website, the average annual salary of the CySA+ certified professional is about $51,826, while experienced specialists earn about $122,000 per annum. So, the number you will get depends on your skills, experience, and motivation.
To add more value to the CySA+ certification issued by CompTIA, note, that it meets the ISO 17024 standard and fulfills Directive 8570.01-M requirements, and that’s why it has been approved by U.S. Department of Defense.