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Security Plus certification or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

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I wanted to know what would be more beneficial, as far as certifications between CompTIAs' Advanced Security Practitioner or Security Plus?  I'd like to get into some type of Federal IT position and wanted to know which might be a better fit for this in this environment and in general, outside in the "real world" of IT security.  I'm planning on getting the CISSP as well, but this certification might take me a bit longer to get and I'd like something within the security environment within the next month or so.  Lastly, some those who have taken either or both tests, are all the questions multiple choice?
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btanExec Consultant
Distinguished Expert 2019

In 2005, US DoD mandated a baseline of IT security skills through a directive known as DoD 8570.1. This is to validate the IA folks working on DoD systems.

So Security+ and CISSP are definitely applicable
@ http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/government.aspx
@ https://www.isc2.org/dodmandate/default.aspx

And since Federal is your interest, check out more about the FITSP
@ http://www.fitsi.org/Overview/index.htm

FITSP candidates can also waive experience by possessing one or more of the following IT security certifications:

    CISM - Certified Information Security Manager
    CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor
    GIAC - Global Information Assurance Certified
    CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker Security+
    SSCP - System Security Certified Practioner
    SCNA - Security Certified Network Architect
    SCNS - Security Certified Network Specialist
    CAP - Certification and Accreditation Professional

Importantly, there are experience counts to get certified, meaning not just passing the test will make you a endorsed certified professional. Check the certification criteria e.g.

For CISSP @ https://www.isc2.org/cissp-how-to-certify.aspx#Obtain the Required Experience & endorsement @ https://www.isc2.org/cissp-how-to-certify.aspx#Complete the Endorsement Process

For CISSP, 250 MCQs
For Security+, 100 MCQs
if you want a federal position in security, the most beneficial thing is work experience, and a security clearance.

What breadtan says is all true, but it only applies to DoD, not the rest of the government departments and agencies.

What is your current work experience with Security?  If it is none, then I wouldn't count on a Security+ or CISSP to get you a job.  Start with a help desk position or something and work you way up.

If you have a few years work experience in security already then go grab the Security+ real quick, get a job then work on the CISSP.

As far as the FITSP that breadtan mentioned, that is a very new certification and I don't know if it has caught on with the government as reputable yet.

I have both Security+ and CISSP (and CCNA and CEH).  They are all multiple choice questions.  Security+ is pretty easy, straight forward questions, but the CISSP is a nightmare.
btanExec Consultant
Distinguished Expert 2019

agree with southpau1, experience is really the "metric" and that is why endorsement and certification is still essential. that is real world experience. it is not only theory and high level security preaches, implementation for security balancing the operational constraint to achieve still the business objectives real differentiate the security professional. Having said that, the cert still counts to get through at least into the interview ...

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