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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) Certification Exam Objectives (CAS-004)

Jul 18, 20217 mins readAmit Masih
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) Certification Exam Objectives (CAS-004)

The CompTIA CASP+ certification exam is an advanced-level cybersecurity credential, covering technical skills required in security architecture and senior security engineering jobs. 

This guide will cover the four knowledge domains of the CASP+ certification exam, and sub topics that you can expect in the CAS-004 exam. 

What is the CompTIA CASP+ certification exam?

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) is an advanced-level cybersecurity certification for security architects and senior security engineers, validating risk and compliance skills appraising an enterprise’s cybersecurity readiness.

The CASP+ certification is approved by the U.S. DoD, meets the directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements, and complies with ISO 17024 standards.

As a certified CASP+ professional, you must implement your technical skills and critical thinking to propose and apply the appropriate security solutions, including organizations’ operational strategies, evaluate risk impacts and respond to security incidents. 

A successful CompTIA CASP+ certified professional will have the following skills require to:

  • Architect, engineer, integrate, and implement secure solutions across complex environments to support a resilient enterprise.
  • Use monitoring, detection, incident response, and automation to proactively support ongoing security operations in an enterprise environment.
  • Apply security practices to cloud, on-premises, endpoint, and mobile infrastructure, while considering cryptographic technologies and techniques.
  • Consider the impact of governance, risk, and compliance requirements throughout the enterprise.

CompTIA CASP+ exam details

Required exam: CAS-004 Number of questions: Maximum of 90 Types of questions: Multiple-choice and performance-based Length of test: 165 minutes Recommended experience: Minimum of ten years of general hands-on IT experience, with at least five of those years being broad hands-on IT security experience. Network+, Security+, CySA+, Cloud+, and PenTest+ or equivalent certifications/knowledge. Passing score: Pass/Fail only — no scaled score

CompTIA CASP+ exam objectives (domains)

Here is the breakdown of each domain with the percangtage of examination. Take a quick look at the CompTIA CASP+ exam objectives, divided into four major parts:

1.0 Security Architecture - 29% 2.0 Security Operations - 30%  3.0 Security Engineering and Cryptography - 26% 4.0 Governance, Risk, and Compliance - 15%

Domain - 1.0 Security Architecture 29%

1.1 Given a scenario, analyze the security requirements and objectives to ensure an appropriate, secure network architecture for a new or existing network.

• Services  • Segmentation  • Deperimeterization/zero trust  • Merging of networks from various organizations • Software-defined networking (SDN) 

1.2 Given a scenario, analyze the organizational requirements to determine the proper infrastructure security design. 

• Scalability  • Resiliency  • Automation  • Performance  • Containerization  • Virtualization  • Content delivery network  • Caching

1.3 Given a scenario, integrate software applications securely into an enterprise architecture.

• Baseline and templates  • Software assurance  • Considerations of integrating enterprise applications • Integrating security into development life cycle

1.4 Given a scenario, implement data security techniques for securing enterprise architecture. 

• Data loss prevention  • Data loss detection  • Data classification, labeling, and tagging  • Obfuscation  • Anonymization  • Encrypted vs. unencrypted • Data life cycle  • Data inventory and mapping  • Data integrity management  • Data storage, backup, and recovery

1.5. Given a scenario, analyze the security requirements and objectives to provide the appropriate authentication and authorization controls. 

• Credential management  • Password policies  • Federation  • Access control  • Protocols  • Multifactor authentication (MFA)  • One-time password (OTP)  • Hardware root of trust  • Single sign-on (SSO)  • JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) web token (JWT)  • Attestation and identity proofing

1.6. Given a set of requirements, implement secure cloud and virtualization solutions.

• Virtualization strategies  • Provisioning and deprovisioning  • Middleware  • Metadata and tags  • Deployment models and considerations • Hosting models  • Service models  • Cloud provider limitations  • Extending appropriate on-premises controls  • Storage models

1.7. Explain how cryptography and public key infrastructure (PKI) support security objectives and requirements.

• Privacy and confidentiality requirements  • Integrity requirements  • Non-repudiation  • Compliance and policy requirements  • Common cryptography use cases • Common PKI use cases

1.8. Explain the impact of emerging technologies on enterprise security and privacy.

• Artificial intelligence  • Machine learning  • Quantum computing  • Blockchain  • Homomorphic encryption  • Big Data  • Virtual/augmented reality  • 3-D printing  • Passwordless authentication  • Nano technology  • Deep learning • Secure multiparty computation  • Distributed consensus  • Biometric impersonation 

Domain - 2.0 Security Operations 

2.1. Given a scenario, perform threat management activities. 

• Intelligence types  • Actor types  • Threat actor properties  • Frameworks 

2.2. Given a scenario, analyze indicators of compromise and formulate an appropriate response. 

• Indicators of compromise  • Response 

2.3. Given a scenario, perform vulnerability management activities. 

• Vulnerability scans  • Self-assessment vs. third- party vendor assessment  • Patch management  • Information sources • Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)

2.4. Given a scenario, use the appropriate vulnerability assessment and penetration testing methods and tools. 

• Methods  • Tools  • Dependency management  • Requirements 

2.5. Given a scenario, analyze vulnerabilities and recommend risk mitigations.

• Vulnerabilities  • Inherently vulnerable system/application • Attacks 

2.6. Given a scenario, use processes to reduce risk.

• Proactive and detection  • Security data analytics  • Preventive  • Application control  • Security automation  • Physical security 

2.7. Given an incident, implement the appropriate response.

• Event classifications  • Triage event  • Preescalation tasks  • Incident response process • Specific response playbooks/processes  • Communication plan  • Stakeholder management

2.8. Explain the importance of forensic concepts.

• Legal vs. internal corporate purposes  • Forensic process • Integrity preservation  • Cryptanalysis  • Steganalysis

2.9. Given a scenario, use forensic analysis tools. 

• File carving tools  • Binary analysis tools  • Analysis tools  • Imaging tools  • Hashing utilities  • Live collection vs. post-mortem tools 

Domain - 3.0 Security Engineering and Cryptography

3.1. Given a scenario, apply secure configurations to enterprise mobility.

• Managed configurations  • Deployment scenarios  • Security considerations 

3.2. Given a scenario, configure and implement endpoint security controls. 

• Hardening techniques  • Processes  • Mandatory access control  • Trustworthy computing  • Compensating controls 

3.3. Explain security considerations impacting specific sectors and operational technologies.

• Embedded  • ICS/supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) • Protocols   • Sectors 

3.4. Explain how cloud technology adoption impacts organizational security.

• Automation and orchestration  • Encryption configuration  • Logs  • Monitoring configurations • Key ownership and location  • Key life-cycle management  • Backup and recovery methods  • Infrastructure vs. serverless computing  • Application virtualization  • Software-defined networking  • Misconfigurations  • Collaboration tools  • Storage configurations  • Cloud access security broker (CASB) 

3.5. Given a business requirement, implement the appropriate PKI solution.

• PKI hierarchy  • Certificate types  • Certificate usages/profiles/templates  • Extensions   • Trusted providers  • Trust model  • Cross-certification  • Configure profiles  • Life-cycle management • Public and private keys  • Digital signature • Certificate pinning  • Certificate stapling  • Certificate signing requests (CSRs)  • Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) vs. certificate revocation list (CRL)  • HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

3.6. Given a business requirement, implement the appropriate cryptographic protocols and algorithms.

• Hashing  • Symmetric algorithms  • Asymmetric algorithms  • Protocols  • Elliptic curve cryptography  • Forward secrecy  • Authenticated encryption with associated data  • Key stretching

3.7. Given a scenario, troubleshoot issues with cryptographic implementations.

• Implementation and configuration issues  • Keys 

Domain - 4.0 Governance, Risk, and Compliance 

4.1. Given a set of requirements, apply the appropriate risk strategies.

• Risk assessment  • Risk handling techniques  • Risk types  • Risk management life cycle  • Risk tracking  • Risk appetite vs. risk tolerance  • Policies and security practices 

4.2. Explain the importance of managing and mitigating vendor risk. 

• Shared responsibility model (roles/responsibilities) • Vendor lock-in and vendor lockout  • Vendor viability  • Meeting client requirements  • Support availability  • Geographical considerations  • Supply chain visibility  • Incident reporting requirements  • Source code escrows  • Ongoing vendor assessment tools  • Third-party dependencies  • Technical considerations 

4.3. Explain compliance frameworks and legal considerations, and their organizational impact.  

• Security concerns of integrating diverse industries  • Data considerations • Third-party attestation of compliance  • Regulations, accreditations, and standards  • Legal considerations • Contract and agreement types  • Geographic considerations 

4.4. Explain the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery concepts.

• Business impact analysis  • Privacy impact assessment  • Disaster recovery plan (DRP)/ business continuity plan (BCP) • Incident response plan  • Testing plans 

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