Yes, the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+ is definitely worth it. All of CompTIA’s certifications are highly respected IT credentials that are worth it for IT professionals trying to prove their knowledge and experience. The Cybersecurity Analyst Plus (CySA+) from CompTIA is worth it for cybersecurity professionals because it applies their trademark vendor-agnostic approach to methods of detecting and preventing cybersecurity threats.
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CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+ (CS0-002) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (Plus), CySA+, costs $370. There’s only one exam for earning the CySA+ (CS0-002), and it costs $370. At CompTIA’s website, you can also pay for training and practice exams, as well as a discounted rate for an exam retake in case you fail the first time. Training is a great way to help make sure you don’t need that retake -- be sure to add the cost of training to the total $370.
Yes, for many people who take the Cybersecurity Analyst (Plus) exam, the CySA+ is quite difficult. The thing that makes the CySA+ so difficult is how much of the content is skill-focused and vendor-agnostic. CompTIA expects people who pass the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+ exam to demonstrate security monitoring skills regardless of the hardware or software involved -- that’s what can make the CySA+ so difficult for many cybersecurity analysts.
Yes, the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+ expires three years after it’s earned. The CySA+ expires after three years because CompTIA wants to make sure they’re only certifying cybersecurity analysts with relevant and up-to-date skills and knowledge. If your Cybersecurity Analyst (Plus) cert is going to expire, you don’t have to retake the CySA+ exam: you can take continuing education credits from CompTIA to maintain it.
No, the CySA+ is not a better certification than the Security+. In fact, it’s often recommended that cybersecurity analysts should get the Security+ before they try for the CySA+. It’s not that the Security+ is all-around better, or even a more advanced certification, but it has been around longer and has more credibility among recruiters and employers. Plus, the Security+ has more foundational knowledge that can help you prepare for the CySA+.