I Failed My CySA+ Exam

This is a very hard exam

I had been studying for the CySA+ certification exam since October 2019. Along with studying at home, I had also been taking the CySA+ class at the San Diego Continuing Education North City Campus. On Friday, January 17th, I took the exam and used almost the entire 165 minutes. A third of the exam was looking at logs, and to be honest, I haven’t had a lot of experience with it. I scored a 675. A minimum score of 750 is passing. The exam was very different from the practice exams. I shouldn’t be surprised as the Security+ exam was very different as well. But seriously, it was very different from the reading materials. It felt like everything I learned wasn’t on the exam. The exam really does go much deeper than the reading materials. I felt defeated for a few days and really wanted to reschedule the exam. I will likely fail again. I need to do something about my lack of experience. I think I found a place online that has labs that I can follow. For now, I will keep reviewing so I don’t forget, until then I need to look for ways to improve my knowledge of reading logs. No one in my class seems to be taking the exam anytime soon, which is unfortunate. I would really like to discuss to people about their experiences. This is my fourth certification, and I will not stop! I had a few days to think about things and you know what—failure is part of learning. So lets just keep moving forward.

SSCP for 2020

My plan was to complete CySA+ and dive into SSCP. I’d like to eventually go for the CISSP. But it is pointless right now because you need five years experience to get the credentials.

Published by Duy Yin

A dependable technical professional and apt cybersecurity specialist with excellent analytical & problem-solving skills. Emphasis on IT security principles; confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Highly motivated to help people with excellent customer service. Capable of working under pressure, a team player, a fast learner and driven to learn new technologies.

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