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

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

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

principal analyst and founder of Westminster. Mass. Employers want administrators who can quickly fill a specialized role "versus a more jack of all trades administrator. "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. and the second exam will test their skills in voice.-based ZK Research. video or wireless." This realignment of entry-level Cisco certifications will allow administrators to define a career path for themselves earlier than they have in the past.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video CCNA into one p. "When we do surveys on hard-to-find skills.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. according to Cushing Anderson. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification 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. routing and switching.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p." said Zeus Kerravala.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. 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. program vice president for IDC." Anderson said.E-guide switching technologies most relevant to their chosen specialty." .16 Page 4 of 16 Not only will this redesigned CCNA help employers find entry-level specialists.

Being more knowledgeable in one or several specialty areas makes an employee more valuable.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p." 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.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.16 Page 5 of 16 Next article . "They don't need to be generalists and then specialists.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video CCNA into one p." Anderson said.

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

the collaboration platform. . according to Antonella Corno. However. The existing CCNA Voice and CCNA Video certifications.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. Cisco plans to merge CCNA Voice and CCNA Video tracks into the new CCNA Collaboration certification." Corno said. manager for product strategy with Learning@Cisco.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. which requires two exams but has no prerequisites. "Those two exams cover all of the skills for integrating voice. remain valid.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. partners should stay tuned for such announcements in the coming months.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. integrated with the concept of on premise and cloudbased services. configure. video CCNA into one p. deploy and troubleshoot collaboration and communication infrastructures. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.E-guide a skills gap and that IT professionals need to be retrained to have a broader picture of collaboration as it's evolving. video. 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.16 Page 7 of 16 The new Cisco collaboration certification strategy targets engineers who implement. as well as the CCNP Voice certification.

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

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

1 Gbps network accelerator to support higher speed processing." said Napatech CTO Peter Ekner.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. video CCNA into one p. The enhanced Cyber adAPT blends Cyber adAPT's real-time scanning detection product with Napatech's four-port. 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 the firms. More specifically. 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.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. the two companies will connect monitoring devices to water pipes. "It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today's overtaxed network infrastructure.1 trillion . "Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros 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.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p." AT&T. 2. According to CNT research.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.

41% of the data will be carried over cell networks.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. The two companies plan on undertaking more IoT projects focusing on cities and utilities.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.16 Page 11 of 16 Juniper Research predicts mobile data traffic to reach 197. primarily due to increased consumption of HD videos across 4G networks. According to the research. gallons of purified water are lost each year because of leaks. While most of the data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. it has connected 22 million devices to the Internet. the average smartphone user will double his data usage over the next four years.000 petabytes by 2019. . 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.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. And IBM has invested $3 billion in an Internet of Things business unit. In the AT&T/IBM initiative. acoustic sensors are attached to the pipes and are able to pick up the sound of a leak. fueled by telematics and automobile-based information and entertainment systems. the study said. 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. doubling the amount of mobile traffic generated in 2014. AT&T has reported that so far. video CCNA into one p. North America and Western Europe is expected to have the highest offload factor between now and 2019.

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

and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol – while high-availability technologies such as VRRP.16 Page 13 of 16 Practice Quiz One: Study Questions 1. When you feel prepared. HSRP and GLBP have made an appearance. We have prepared two 10-question quizzes to help you practice for the exam.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. as they are now frequently used in today's networks and also occupy an important portion of the next certification level.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. What is used in standard access lists? . head over to SearchNetworking to see how well you do. Host A receives a frame and discards it after determining that it is corrupt. At which OSI layer are frames checked for errors? 2.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. CCNP Routing and Switching. See below for some sample questions from each of these quizzes.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Which command is used to verify the encapsulation type on a frame relay link? 3. video CCNA into one p. p. open shortest path first (OSPF) virtual LANs (VLANs).

Which open standard protocol is used in VPN implementations to ensure secure end-to-end communications? 3.6 Practice Quiz Two: Study Questions Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.12 1.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security macaddress sticky p. 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.E-guide 4. Which parameters are used to calculate OSPF cost in Cisco routers? . 5. Which command is used to encrypt all plain-text passwords on a Cisco router? 2. b. video CCNA into one 5. What would the result be when the following commands are executed on a Cisco Catalyst switch: a.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Explain the purpose of inverse ARP. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security.16 Page 14 of 16 4. Which command shows the last method used to power cycle a router? Getting more PRO+ essential content p.

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

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