Security+ Added as MCSA/MCSE Exam Options

Microsoft confirms that CompTIA's Security+ exam has been added to the MCSA and MCSE on Windows 2000 requirements list as an exam option.

David Lowe, product manager for security with Microsoft's Training and Certification group, confirmed in a phone conversation that CompTIA's Security+ exam can now be used to satisfy the elective portion of the MCSA and MCSE on Windows 2000 tracks. earlier reported that Microsoft had yet to confirm Security+ as an elective option (see "Certifying Your Security Expertise," in News).

Security+ can be used toward the single elective requirement for the MCSA. With the addition of CompTIA's Security+ to that track, the exam joins the A+, Network+ and Server+ exams as options under the MCSA title. Unlike the other CompTIA exams, Security+ doesn't have to be taken in combination.

Under the MCSE on Windows 2000, Security+ counts as only one elective toward the track—candidates must pass two electives to complete the track.

"We're very pleased," Kris Madura, Security+ Program Manager for CompTIA commented. "What Security + will do for these distinctions is allow candidates to leave the program...with additional, broad-based knowledge of vendor-neutral security issues on a global basis." Madura added that Security+ would be a part of the MCSA and MCSE on Windows 2003 track upon those tracks' availability.

To read about Microsoft's integration of CompTIA exams into the MCP program requirements, go to

—Additional reporting by Becky Nagel, Editor.

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Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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