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

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

But employers are looking for more entry-level administrators who can do more than plug in and configure voice. and 66% will have dedicated wireless administrators. creating a demand for a more streamlined entry-level Cisco certification program.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. entry-level administrators with core routing and switching skills remain just as important to employers. consolidate the exams and test preparation for CCNA Voice. It found that 80% of companies will have network administrators dedicated to security in 2013.500 enterprises on the subject. wireless and security systems.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. product marketing manager at Cisco. so Cisco will continue to test candidates on these skills with its rebranded CCNA Routing and Switching certification. They don't necessarily want all their voice. however. They are being asked to troubleshoot and debug system problems with increasing levels of complexity and feature implementations." video CCNA into one p. Bijor said.16 Page 3 of 16 More enterprises are creating dedicated job roles in these specialty areas. "Companies are asking associate-level engineers to do more." said Ramesh Bijor. "Job roles are changing. security and wireless administrators to know how to work with routing protocols like BGP and OSPF. Cisco commissioned Forrester Research to survey 1. CCNA Security and CCNA Wireless. administrators will only need to take two exams rather than three.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Cisco will.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. For these accreditations. The first exam will evaluate their knowledge of the routing and . 69% will have dedicated voice administrators. Of course.

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

Being more knowledgeable in one or several specialty areas makes an employee more valuable." p. "They don't need to be generalists and then specialists.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.16 Page 5 of 16 Next article ." Anderson said.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? 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. video CCNA into one p.

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

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

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

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

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

E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. Juniper Research also found that machine-to-machine traffic is likely to increase. North America and Western Europe is expected to have the highest offload factor between now and 2019. the average smartphone user will double his data usage over the next four years. 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. primarily due to increased consumption of HD videos across 4G networks.16 Page 11 of 16 Juniper Research predicts mobile data traffic to reach 197. doubling the amount of mobile traffic generated in 2014. According to the research.000 petabytes by 2019.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. The two companies plan on undertaking more IoT projects focusing on cities and utilities. . AT&T has reported that so far. acoustic sensors are attached to the pipes and are able to pick up the sound of a leak. it has connected 22 million devices to the Internet. the study said. fueled by telematics and automobile-based information and entertainment systems. And IBM has invested $3 billion in an Internet of Things business unit. While most of the data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. 41% of the data will be carried over cell networks.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. video CCNA into one p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.000 PB by 2019 A recent Juniper Research study on mobile phone traffic predicts that mobile phone data will reach 197. In the AT&T/IBM initiative. gallons of purified water are lost each year because of leaks.

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

9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. as they are now frequently used in today's networks and also occupy an important portion of the next certification level. We have prepared two 10-question quizzes to help you practice for the exam. What is used in standard access lists? .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. Which command is used to verify the encapsulation type on a frame relay link? 3.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. At which OSI layer are frames checked for errors? 2. video CCNA into one p. and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol – while high-availability technologies such as VRRP. When you feel prepared. See below for some sample questions from each of these quizzes. HSRP and GLBP have made an appearance. p.16 Page 13 of 16 Practice Quiz One: Study Questions 1. open shortest path first (OSPF) virtual LANs (VLANs). Host A receives a frame and discards it after determining that it is corrupt.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. head over to SearchNetworking to see how well you do. CCNP Routing and Switching.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.

TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security.6 Practice Quiz Two: Study Questions Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.12 1.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. What would the result be when the following commands are executed on a Cisco Catalyst switch: a.16 Page 14 of 16 4. 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. Which parameters are used to calculate OSPF cost in Cisco routers? . 5. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security macaddress sticky p. Which command is used to encrypt all plain-text passwords on a Cisco router? 2. b.E-guide 4.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. video CCNA into one 5. Which command shows the last method used to power cycle a router? Getting more PRO+ essential content p. Explain the purpose of inverse ARP. Which open standard protocol is used in VPN implementations to ensure secure end-to-end communications? 3.

6 Next article Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.2 • Practice Quiz Part 1 • Practice Quiz Part 2 Good luck! New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video CCNA into one p.E-guide Now that you know what to expect.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content 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. and what you may still need to study.16 Page 15 of 16 .9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.

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