Cyber Security

What’s the 411 with the updated CySA+?

October 12, 2020

Alex Walters

What’s Changing?

The CompTIA CySA+ (CS0 – 001) will retire on October 21, 2020. The new CySA+ (CS0 – 002) is now available and includes more coverage of the following areas:

  • Software and application security
  • Automation
  • Threat hunting
  •  IT regulatory compliance

The exam domain changes will be as follows:

CYSA 001CYSA 002
Threat Management: 27%Threat and Vulnerability Management: 22%
Vulnerability Management: 26%Software and Systems Security: 18%
Cyber Incident Response: 23%Security Operations and Monitoring: 25%
Security and Architecture Sets: 24%Incident Response: 22%
Compliance and Assessments 13%

What to expect when taking the Exam?

Exam details:

  • 85 questions on the exam
  • Multiple choice and performance based
  • The exam length is 165 minutes
  • Minimum of 750 to pass
  • Test Delivery: Pearson Vue
  • Retail Price $359

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Why you should take the test?

The CySA+ certification will set you on a path to a rewarding and successful career in IT. The certification is distinguished certification that is recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) as an 8570-baseline certification. (Corey, T.) Therefore, the CySA+ certification verifies that cyber security professionals have attained the knowledge needed to provide top notch IT expertise to organizations. (Why Should I get CompTIA CySA Certified?) The certification is also recognized for meeting worldwide technological standards making it compliant with ISO 17024 guidelines as well. (Personal Certification Bodies)

A CySA+ certification gives professionals options in the IT field. The certification is “vendor neutral” making it compatible across many technologies and within different fields, (Corey, T.) The job market for CySA+ certification holders continues to show positive increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the expected increase is 28% or 28.500 job openings between 2016 and 2026 and the average annual pay of an IT professional with a CySA+ certification is $98,350 annually. (McKenzie, C.) IT professionals can look forward to pursuing the following careers:

  • IT security analyst
  • Security operations center (SOC) analyst
  • Vulnerability analyst
  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Security engineer
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Threat intelligence analyst

How can you Prepare?

CompTIA advises that you have the following:

  • 3-4 years of relevant experience
  • CompTIA Network + certification
  • CompTIA Security + certification

What to expect after?

After Phoenix TS helps you gain your CySA+ certification, the CySA+ certification is valid for three years. However, you are eligible to recertify by earning CEU’s and paying a $50 fee. (Corey, T.) Also, if you need to renew your Security + certification, the CySA + certification will renew Security + as well (Blackwell, J.)  Having the skills acquired through this certification will also put you on the path to higher level certification such as Pen Test +

Phoenix TS can help!

Phoenix TS is a CompTIA Platinum Partner training center which means Phoenix TS provides quality training in the CompTIA certification courses. The CySA+ certification course at Phoenix TS will give you the knowledge needed to feel confident to pass the exam. The course provides training in each of the knowledge areas represented on the exam. This 5 – day instructor led training, will lead participants through the outline below:

  • Module 1: Understanding Threats
  • Module 2: Policy design
  • Module 3: Vulnerability Management
  • Module 4: Recognizing vulnerabilities
  • Module 5: Network Threats
  • Module 6: Reconnaissance
  • Module 7: Network Security systems
  • Module 8: Network Defense techniques
  • Module 9: Secure Infrastructure management
  • Module 10: Secure System design
  • Module 11:  Incident response

Participants will also gain hands on experience with additional tools provided by Phoenix TS. These tools include:

  • CySA Certification training book
  • Practice Exams
  • Pre and Post Assessments
  • Exam scheduling
  • Exam voucher with second chance voucher included
  • Certificate of completion for up to 40 CEUs/CPEs to be used toward renewing relevant certifications
  • CySA+ Certification Training course retake guarantee

Participants can also gain relevant experience by enrolling in the Network + and Security + certification trainings offered at Phoenix TS. Phoenix TS also offers training for certifications that you can attain after earning your CySA+ such as the Pentest + training.

To learn more information or enroll in a CySA+ course, visit https://phoenixts.com/training-courses/comptia-cybersecurity-analyst-training/ or call 240-667-7757.


Blackwell, J. (2020, April 29). The New CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA ): Your Questions

 Answered. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from


Corey, T. (n.d.). Is the CompTIA CySA Worth It? Cost, Comparison, Benefits. Retrieved October 7, 2020,

 from https://startacybercareer.com/is-the-comptia-cysa-worth-it-cost-comparison-benefits/

McKenzie, C. (n.d.). CySA Jobs Outlook. Retrieved October 4, 2020, from


Personnel Certification Bodies. (n.d.). Retrieved October 4, 2020, from https://www.iasonline.org/

Why Should I get CompTIA CySA Certified? (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://www.comptia.org/faq/cysa/why-should-i-get-comptia-cysa-certified

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