The CASP exam has gone live and is now available for those interested in the certification. I would rate this as a somewhat difficult test. CompTIA is looking for ten years experience in network administration including at least five years of hands-on IT security experience. This certification really raises the bar on technical exams and offers those with a Security+ certification an upward path to a higher technical certification.
The CAS-001 certification exam has 70 questions. Exam candidates will be given 150 minutes for the test and the results are listed as pass/fail only. No scaled score is returned and is somewhat similar to the scoring used for the CISSP exam.
We are currently finishing up the official Sybex CASP Study Guide and plan to have a CASP Training Course available by the end of this year. The certification will test candidates on a wide range of security tools such as packet sniffers, vulnerable web applications, vulnerability assessment tools, port scanners, threat modeling tools, IPS, and live CDs such as Helix and Backtrack. We are excited about this training class as it offers cyber security professionals an upward path from many of the entry level certifications. Stay tuned for more!