CompTIA has wrapped up the beta exam for the Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP). The beta was 92 questions and test candidates were given 135 minutes to complete it which works out to about 1 ½ minutes per question. This may seem like a lot of time, but these were not basic Security+ questions. CompTIA is including multiple question types such as question/answer, drag and drop, and simulations.
While the test was not easy, I liked it. I found it challenging and unlike anything else that currently in the market. It seems to offer a mix and has some similarities to CISSP. However, this is not the CISSP exam. It’s a much more hands-on and not designed for a security manager; the CASP tests a range of hands-on security skills. CompTIA has stated that they are looking for people with ten years experience and I would say that is about right. You will need cyber security skills, networking skills, OS skills, firewall skills, router skills, and also understand application development. If you are considering this exam a study guide or security training class can help you prepare.
Individuals that attempted the beta exam do not yet know if they have passed. It will be up to CompTIA to determine this during the beta exam review. Results will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Will this certification be a hit? Only time will tell. However, my opinion is that it fills a gap not currently covered by other exams such as CISSP, SSCP, CISA, Security+, etc. If you have completed your Security+, this may be your next logical step. It’s going to be interesting to see how the marketplace sees this certification and how quickly it catches on.