About Me and This Site

Hello. My name is Darril Gibson, author of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide.

My primary goal with this site is to help people take and pass exams such as the Security+ exam the first time they take them.

I know how difficult it can be to see a message saying you failed after taking an exam. I saw that message after failing the Security+ exam the first time I took it.

This was back when it was SY0-101 (the first iteration of this exam) and it has since become progressively more complex and difficult.

My mistake?

I took the exam for granted believing what others were saying about how “easy” the exam was. Well, it is easy when you’re prepared. I wasn’t prepared and wasted more than $200. It was humbling. After about a month of real preparation, I retook the exam and passed it.

Darril Gibson

Since passing the first iteration of Security+, I’ve taught dozens of Security+ classes and authored or contributed to more than 35 technical books including many on security topics. This includes A+, Networking FundamentalsSecurity+SSCPCISSPManaging risk, and more.

Along the way, people have been asking me to create an online site where they could access study resources and I’m glad the pieces finally came together in this site. I still have a long list of improvements I want to implement, but based on the feedback I regularly receive, the site is helping many people take and pass exams regularly.


Here’s what people are saying about the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide and packages on this site.

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