Darril Gibson

Hello. My name is Darril Gibson, author of the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 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.

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 and the premium site. I still have a long list of improvements I want to implement, but based on the feedback I regularly receive, the premium site is helping many people take and pass exams regularly.


Here’s what people are saying about the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide and packages on this site.

Great book

"Great book, just recently passed the SY0-501 Exam. Darril does a good job of covering the important aspects behind Security + and has a good amount of foot stomp sections so you know what is actually important to remember."
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:19:33+00:00
"Great book, just recently passed the SY0-501 Exam. Darril does a good job of covering the important aspects behind Security + and has a good amount of foot stomp sections so you know what is actually important to remember."

Primary source for passing the test

"My primary source for passing the test. I made sure I could to all the practice quizzes/tests at the end of each chapter and at the beginning/end of the book and did some online practice tests. That was it."
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:33:42+00:00
"My primary source for passing the test. I made sure I could to all the practice quizzes/tests at the end of each chapter and at the beginning/end of the book and did some online practice tests. That was it."

Great job on the book!

"I just wanted to drop a note and say thanks for the good Security+ 501 study
guide. I took about 40 days to read and outline the book, and I passed the
test today. Great job on the book!"
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-09-03T10:05:52+00:00
"I just wanted to drop a note and say thanks for the good Security+ 501 study guide. I took about 40 days to read and outline the book, and I passed the test today. Great job on the book!"

Passed with an 804

"I took 501 exam on July 2 (2018) and passed with a 804. Could not have done it without his book and his online content."
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:23:53+00:00
"I took 501 exam on July 2 (2018) and passed with a 804. Could not have done it without his book and his online content."

Passed Security+ on my first try

"Just wanted to let you know that I passed Security+ today on my first try with an 804. Thank you for the excellent materials you produce. Your book was my primary study resource, and your online practice tests were very helpful as well. I will recommend your materials to anyone!"
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:31:18+00:00
"Just wanted to let you know that I passed Security+ today on my first try with an 804. Thank you for the excellent materials you produce. Your book was my primary study resource, and your online practice tests were very helpful as well. I will recommend your materials to anyone!"

Thanks a lot

"Just took the SY0-501. Not an easy feat but smashed it with an 813 score. Thanks a lot Darril. The exam really tests your understanding of the concepts."
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:28:54+00:00
"Just took the SY0-501. Not an easy feat but smashed it with an 813 score. Thanks a lot Darril. The exam really tests your understanding of the concepts."

Used this book

"Used this book and some other notes and passed Sec+ with no problem."
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:35:24+00:00
"Used this book and some other notes and passed Sec+ with no problem."

An amazing resource

"I took my SYO -501 and passed it. This is an amazing resource. I came here through a referral. Without a doubt, I shall spread the gospel."
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
2018-08-28T06:30:04+00:00
"I took my SYO -501 and passed it. This is an amazing resource. I came here through a referral. Without a doubt, I shall spread the gospel."

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No matter what resources you use to take and pass your certification exams, I wish you the best of luck.


Darril Gibson manages the Get Certified Get Ahead brand as the CEO of YCDA, LLC (short for You Can Do Anything).

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