New CompTIA Security+ 2017 SY0-501

The new Security+ SY0-501 is availabale at testing centers since 10-04-2017

Update: Click here for the Security+ SY0-501 Exam Objectives


The Security+ exam SY0-401 was released in May of 2014. CompTIA being on a three-year renewal schedule for all its major certifications (and Security+ absolutely falls in that category), so 2017 is the year for the new exam update (release date was 10/4/2017).

Click here to find out about the differences between the Security+ SY0-401 and SY0-501 exams

Did you know CompTIA is certified too?

The reason the release won’t be delayed is that just as CompTIA has you getting certified and controls the Security+ certification process (among others), CompTIA itself is also under the thumb of a certification requirement. You may not know this but years ago CompTIA applied for and got approved for the International Standards Organization – ISO 9001 quality certification. It’s great to know that the people that controls your certification process is itself certified! Especially quality certified. The ISO 9001 verifies that CompTIA has in place the processes and procedures that certifies they produce the highest quality certifications.

Why should CompTIA being certified matter to you?

Well, two reasons: 1) as mentioned above its great in general for the credibility and quality of your certification, but also 2) it puts an outer time limit as to when we can expect a new exam version to come out. You see, part of CompTIA retaining (as in not losing…) their ISO 9001 certification status is to apply the three year limit on any version of their certification exams. So there you have it, anything later than November 2017 for the new Security+ SY0-501 exam version is therefore very unlikely.

CertBlaster Security+ Practice test for SY0-501

The last CompTIA new exam version release was the A+ 220-901 and 220-902 and that CertBlaster practice test suite came out on December 15th, 2015 (we were the first provider to offer it, not gloating over here but we beat every other vendor to market on that one). We plan on doing the same for the Security+ practice test suite for SY0-501. So that means we should release that CertBlaster in November 2017.

How about Security+ SY0-401?

In the meantime, if you are looking for Security+ practice tests just click on the button below. You may wonder if it’s smart to take Security+ SY0-401 when it will come to an end so soon? Well, you are not wasting anything because when the new version comes out and the SY0-401 is retired it does not make the SY0-401 invalid. Whatever CompTIA exam you take, it will validly certify you for three years from your exam date, and this regardless of when the exam is retired.

Important Note

Your CompTIA certification is valid for three years from exam date. No matter what. This means that even if you were to pass the current Security+ SY0-401 in the summer of 2017 that credential is valid till 2020 even if the new SY0-501 is released by the end of 2017.

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Performance Based Question Security+ SY0-401 Practice Test
Example of Performance Based Question in CertBlaster Security+ Practice Test

6 thoughts on “New Security plus 2017 SY0-501

    1. Thanks a lot for pointing that out John! This post was written last year and nobody went back in to update. Thanks to you that is now done.

  1. If it’s due in October 2017, your materials for it will be ready only in 2018?

    1. We said May 2017 but that was obviously wrong. Our ETA is now corrected to November 2017. Thanks for your feedback!

  2. Hi there,
    Currently i want to enroll for Sec+ end May 2017. is it advisable to do so as the SY0-401 is due to end in five months time with the introduction of the SY0-501?

    Many thanks

    1. Yes we believe it is advisable because 1) although the new SY0-501 is slated for Oct. 2017, CompTIA’s “grace period” for taking SY0-401 will last till April 2018, and 2) you will be Security+ certified for 3 years from your exam date and that is regardless of which version you sit for.
      Hope this helps.

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