Comments of the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Exam

by Bob Weiss

I am doing a lot of one-to-one tutoring with students who are preparing for the new SY0-601 Security+ certification exam.  As I have done with the CISSP, CASP+, and CySA+ certifications, I have done some research and put together this post to help students prepare for the exam.

To that end, if you find this post as your prepare for your own exam experience, and you find it helpful, I would appreciate getting your feedback on the exam.

A good place to start is with a comprehensive Google search.  The search parameters I used was comptia security+ performance based questions.  You may just copy/paste this into Google.  The URL this creates is:,  Scroll down to get past the paid advertising sites.  Use your judgement and select the results that fit your needs.

I also opened a post on Reddit at:  Posts like these that I have started in the past collect additional comments for a long time, so this is worth a visit.   Please add a comment or question of your own.

In terms of general training resources, I have been a fan of Professor Messer for many years. His full video course is completely free of charge.  There are of course additional resources you can purchase.

Thor Pederson, at is another highly recommend resource.

Jason Dion was recommended to me just today, and his training materials can be found at

Now we get down to practice questions, especially those more difficult Performance Based Questions (PBQs). This article explains PBQs. Provides a simulated PBQ question example  Mike Chapple gives exam taking tips,  6 minutes on video Nice drag and drop PBQ simulation question about the protocols required to perform different computer security and networking tasks This PBQ simulation is about designing a custom firewall rule using Windows Defender Firewall This PBQ simulation covers configuring a new hardware firewall device to permit only connections described in the scenario In this video the instructor explains how to approach PBQs.  There is a PBQ simulation at 8 minutes 53 seconds.  This video takes 17 minutes total time.   She offered the following three references: This video covers CySA PBQs so they will be similar to Security+ PBQs but not necessarily identical.  This video is a little slow paced and disorganized, plus it is hard to hear in the beginning.  It’s not your equipment its the instructors. Could have used a second take.  Take a look anyway if you can stand it and have the time to spare. This video is 1 hour 25 minutes long.

Comments from students will be appearing here.  If you want to include something in this post, please fill out the comment form below.  I will add your comment in a day or two.



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at


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