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Cisco has made some changes to the topics that you need to study. With the new 200-120 CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. video CCNA into one p. We can help you stay on track.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. and will provide you with a practice quiz to test your knowledge.16 Page 1 of 16 In this e-guide: Achieving your Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification requires a true in-depth understanding of network fundamentals and network security technologies. but it will also benefit your employer’s network.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. . The following articles explain recent changes that have been made to the CCNA certification. Not only will obtaining this certification expand your career opportunities.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.

2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. Cisco has streamlined its Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications by reducing the amount of core routing and switching expertise an administrator needs to obtain a CCNA Voice.the ICND1 and ICND2 -. voice or security to obtain specialist CCNA certifications. .9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Cisco said. video CCNA into one p. This approach has encouraged administrators to get a deep foundation of networking skills before trying to develop expertise in a specific branch of networking.to obtain a standard CCNA before taking additional exams on wireless. Administrators had to pass two rigorous exams on routing and switching -.16 Page 2 of 16 CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification Shamus McGillicuddy. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) has long been Cisco's foundational certification.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. CCNA Security and CCNA Wireless accreditation. These changes will allow IT pros to use an entrylevel Cisco certification to accelerate their careers as specialists in these disciplines.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. Enterprise Management Associates Cisco made changes to its CCNA program to help admins become voice.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. wireless and security specialists faster.

"Companies are asking associate-level engineers to do more. Cisco commissioned Forrester Research to survey 1. They are being asked to troubleshoot and debug system problems with increasing levels of complexity and feature implementations. administrators will only need to take two exams rather than three.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. For these accreditations. consolidate the exams and test preparation for CCNA Voice. 69% will have dedicated voice administrators." said Ramesh Bijor.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. Of course. and 66% will have dedicated wireless administrators. But employers are looking for more entry-level administrators who can do more than plug in and configure voice. CCNA Security and CCNA Wireless.16 Page 3 of 16 More enterprises are creating dedicated job roles in these specialty areas. Cisco will. so Cisco will continue to test candidates on these skills with its rebranded CCNA Routing and Switching certification. The first exam will evaluate their knowledge of the routing and .12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. however. They don't necessarily want all their voice.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. entry-level administrators with core routing and switching skills remain just as important to employers. wireless and security systems. security and wireless administrators to know how to work with routing protocols like BGP and OSPF." video CCNA into one p. product marketing manager at Cisco. It found that 80% of companies will have network administrators dedicated to security in 2013. Bijor said.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. "Job roles are changing. creating a demand for a more streamlined entry-level Cisco certification program.500 enterprises on the subject.

E-guide switching technologies most relevant to their chosen specialty.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. according to Cushing Anderson." This realignment of entry-level Cisco certifications will allow administrators to define a career path for themselves earlier than they have in the past. "It allows a Cisco engineer to decide right up front if they want to specialize in security or unified communications. "We're finding that those skills are teachable to entry-level positions. Mass. "When we do surveys on hard-to-find skills. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p." Anderson said.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. video or wireless. routing and switching. and the second exam will test their skills in voice. video CCNA into one p. voice and security now appear at the top and wireless isn't far behind that. but it will help network administrators differentiate themselves early on in their careers. principal analyst and founder of Westminster.16 Page 4 of 16 Not only will this redesigned CCNA help employers find entry-level specialists. Some level of certification can help make those candidates more employable and also give employers some known competencies that they should be skilling their staff to." said Zeus Kerravala.-based ZK Research.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. Employers want administrators who can quickly fill a specialized role "versus a more jack of all trades administrator.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. program vice president for IDC." .

Being more knowledgeable in one or several specialty areas makes an employee more valuable." Anderson said.16 Page 5 of 16 Next article .2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video CCNA into one p. "They don't need to be generalists and then specialists.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification "Those specialist skills are valuable earlier on in an employee's lifecycle.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p." p.

CCNA Video and CCNP Voice certifications with the CCNA Collaboration and CCNP Collaboration certifications. Noting that collaboration is a catalyst for the transformation in the workplace. video CCNA into one p. director for product strategy and marketing with Cisco Services. video. Tejas Vashi. The new Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Collaboration and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Collaboration certifications aim to teach the skills required to help customers meet the growing need for collaboration in a workplace that is geographically diverse with a workforce that is increasingly mobile.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. said that the new Cisco collaboration certifications address . according to Cisco. data and mobile applications.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. Senior Writer Cisco is replacing its CCNA Voice. Cisco today introduced two industry role-based certifications for collaboration that address the convergence of voice. video CCNA into one Lynn Haber.16 Page 6 of 16 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.

integrated with the concept of on premise and cloudbased services. "Those two exams cover all of the skills for integrating voice. deploy and troubleshoot collaboration and communication infrastructures.E-guide a skills gap and that IT professionals need to be retrained to have a broader picture of collaboration as it's evolving. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. However. Cisco plans to merge CCNA Voice and CCNA Video tracks into the new CCNA Collaboration certification. the collaboration platform. .6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. partners should stay tuned for such announcements in the coming months. configure. manager for product strategy with Learning@Cisco." Corno said.16 Page 7 of 16 The new Cisco collaboration certification strategy targets engineers who implement.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. which requires two exams but has no prerequisites.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. The existing CCNA Voice and CCNA Video certifications. remain valid. video CCNA into one p. Cisco is encouraging partners to pursue the new collaboration certifications but Cisco's partner organization has not announced any timeline or requirements for partners to get the new certifications. as well as the CCNP Voice certification.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. according to Antonella Corno. video.

with the rollout of the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Collaboration certification. meanwhile. Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. the content has been reorganized into four exams. "Now were offering the CCNP and CCNA Collaboration certifications. So. Cisco will retire the older CCNA Voice and Video certifications and CCNP Voice certification about six months after the new materials are available. The CCNP Collaboration exams and courseware will follow by the end of April. The migration plan for the new collaboration certifications is a chapter that the company started last year." she said.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. To map to the new CCNP Collaboration certification. completing a certification path.16 Page 8 of 16 Next article . expert-level track. the CCNA certifications will retire in August and the CCNP certification will retire in the fall. one of which is new. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.9 All of the CCNA Collaboration exams and courseware is currently available. consisted of five exams.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video CCNA into one p.E-guide The CCNP Voice certification. according to Corno.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.

automate and orchestrate services and provide the infrastructure to support big data analytics.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. video CCNA into one p. Liberty Mutual Cisco has added IoT and cloud topics to its CCNA and CCNP certification programs.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Cisco said the new certifications teach networking professionals how to connect.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. The new Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications are available globally.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.16 Page 9 of 16 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros Sonia Groff. Cisco has expanded its certification program to include topics on the Internet of Things and cloud networking. The curriculum is targeted at plant administrators. The cloud-focused CCNP certification teaches professionals how to create infrastructure as a service products to enable the enterprise to control cloud deployments. .2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. The IoT-focused CCNA certificate concentrates on how to operate converged industrial networks. Cyber adAPT and Napatech join forces to launch an integrated threat detection system. as well as control and IT/network engineers working in manufacturing.

9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. The purpose of this venture is to find leaks in pipes it would take water managers much longer to find without the use of IoT technology.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. IBM use IoT to improve water management systems AT&T and IBM have teamed up to bring the Internet of things to civil engineering." said Napatech CTO Peter Ekner. the two companies will connect monitoring devices to water pipes." AT&T.1 trillion . The enhanced Cyber adAPT blends Cyber adAPT's real-time scanning detection product with Napatech's four-port.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. 2. More specifically. 1 Gbps network accelerator to support higher speed processing. video CCNA into one p. "Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company. according to the firms. "It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today's overtaxed network infrastructure.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. in a statement.16 Page 10 of 16 Cyber adAPT and Napatech create integrated threat detection system Cyber adAPT and Napatech have just launched a new integrated product aimed at accelerating threat detection in high-speed networks. According to CNT research.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.

it has connected 22 million devices to the Internet. the average smartphone user will double his data usage over the next four years. . While most of the data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. In the AT&T/IBM initiative. acoustic sensors are attached to the pipes and are able to pick up the sound of a leak. North America and Western Europe is expected to have the highest offload factor between now and 2019. 41% of the data will be carried over cell networks. video CCNA into one p. fueled by telematics and automobile-based information and entertainment systems.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. AT&T has reported that so far. The data collected from the sensors is sent to the cloud over an AT&T wireless network and then uploaded onto IBM software for managers to review the information. doubling the amount of mobile traffic generated in 2014.000 petabytes by 2019.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. According to the research.16 Page 11 of 16 Juniper Research predicts mobile data traffic to reach 197. Juniper Research also found that machine-to-machine traffic is likely to increase.000 PB by 2019 A recent Juniper Research study on mobile phone traffic predicts that mobile phone data will reach 197.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. gallons of purified water are lost each year because of leaks.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. primarily due to increased consumption of HD videos across 4G networks. And IBM has invested $3 billion in an Internet of Things business unit. the study said. The two companies plan on undertaking more IoT projects focusing on cities and utilities.

There is also complete absence of any wireless topics. video CCNA into one p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.cx Achieving your Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification requires more than just studying. It requires a true in-depth understanding of network fundamentals and network-security technologies covered in the CCNA curriculum. ready? p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.and a significant increase of emphasis on IPv6 topics. wireless. Cisco has made some much-needed changes to steer the exam away from topics covered in other CCNA certifications (e.E-guide In this e-guide Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. security) and focus more on the routing and switching technologies. .g.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you Chris Partsenidis. Firewall. which are now covered in the CCNA wireless exam. With the new 200-120 CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum. Our updated CCNA quiz has been completely redesigned to reflect the new CCNA Routing and Switching (200-120) requirements and to help you test your knowledge and understanding of a variety of CCNA topics.a very important section in previous CCNA Routing and Switching exams -.16 Page 12 of 16 A few of the major changes include a noticeable reduction of emphasis on IP subnetting coverage -.

When you feel prepared.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. At which OSI layer are frames checked for errors? 2. video CCNA into one p. What is used in standard access lists? . as they are now frequently used in today's networks and also occupy an important portion of the next certification level.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.16 Page 13 of 16 Practice Quiz One: Study Questions 1. head over to SearchNetworking to see how well you do. We have prepared two 10-question quizzes to help you practice for the exam. Host A receives a frame and discards it after determining that it is corrupt. CCNP Routing and Switching.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. Which command is used to verify the encapsulation type on a frame relay link? 3. and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol – while high-availability technologies such as VRRP. See below for some sample questions from each of these quizzes. HSRP and GLBP have made an appearance.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros The new CCNA Routing and Switching exam now focuses more on routing and switching technologies – among them Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol. open shortest path first (OSPF) virtual LANs (VLANs). p.

Which open standard protocol is used in VPN implementations to ensure secure end-to-end communications? 3. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security macaddress sticky p. What would the result be when the following commands are executed on a Cisco Catalyst switch: a. b.6 Practice Quiz Two: Study Questions Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. 5. What actions does the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server take when there is an IP address conflict? In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Which command is used to encrypt all plain-text passwords on a Cisco router? 2. Which command shows the last method used to power cycle a router? Getting more PRO+ essential content p. Which parameters are used to calculate OSPF cost in Cisco routers? .16 Page 14 of 16 4. Explain the purpose of inverse ARP.12 1.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.E-guide 4. video CCNA into one 5. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security.

E-guide Now that you know what to expect.16 Page 15 of 16 .9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. you can access our practice quizzes at any time on SearchNetworking: In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.6 Next article Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. and what you may still need to study.2 • Practice Quiz Part 1 • Practice Quiz Part 2 Good luck! New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video CCNA into one p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.

2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.E-guide In this e-guide Getting more PRO+ exclusive content CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. PRO+ Offers is a free benefit only available to members of the TechTarget network of sites. p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.16 Page 16 of 16 Images.techtarget. . No part of this publication may be transmitted or reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. video CCNA into one This e-guide is made available to you. through PRO+ Offers—a collection of free publications. our member. training and special opportunities specifically gathered from our partners and across our network of sites.6 Take full advantage of your membership by visiting http://pro.com/ProLP/ Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. Fotalia ©2016 TechTarget.

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