The SYO-501 Journey and how i studied for it

  1. Jason Dion Sec+ Udemy Course — I first watched all his videos and took notes. Very good video course to give you a general idea on what the concepts are for the exam. I made palm cards on the ports and terminology i didn’t know.
  2. Darrel Gibson GCGA Book — This book was my main resource after Dion’s video course. I took notes on EVERYTHING, and did every practice question until i was scoring 90%+. I retained a-lot of information from reading this book. I also used his online package for extra practice questions which i also highly recommend. You can check it out here: https://gcgapremiumpass.com/
  3. After the Book i used Professor Messer’s Exam’s and Jason Dion Practice exams. These were very good and very similar to the final exam. In my opinion, Professor Messer’s exams were the closest to the real SYO-501 exam. I would recommend redoing these and review the questions and concepts you get wrong until you get about 80–85%+.
  4. Cromwell — I discovered this site by accident when i was trying to find more practice questions to fill in my knowledge gaps during my last week of studying. I would highly recommend doing his domains especially his LOG questions to get you familiar with them, as there WILL be log and configuration questions on the exam. His advice on terminology were also very good for last minute revision. You can check out his site here: https://cromwell-intl.com/cybersecurity/comptia/
  5. Finally, REVIEW THE OBJECTIVES. This is the MOST important step. Make sure you KNOW all the acronyms. For objectives, make sure you can describe to someone what they all mean and do in at least a sentence. I recommend having a one sheet paper and jotting down all the things you aren’t familiar with.

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Ben Lee

Ben Lee

I focus on Malware, RE, DFIR. This blog is used to improve my understanding of these concepts and show my progress.