Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cisco CCNA Security Course + Video Tutorial: Everything You Need to Know

The Cisco CCNA Security video course contains everything you need to prepare for the CCNA Security exam. The video segments map to exam topics covering:
  • Security and Cisco routers
  • AAA on Cisco devices with an in-depth look at TACACS and RADIUS
  • Access Control Lists
  • Secure network management
  • Common layer 2 attacks
  • Cisco firewall technologies
  • Cisco IPS
  • VPN technologies

The videos provide in-depth topic coverage, focusing on real-world scenarios and include demonstrations that reinforce learning objectives. In addition to a thorough grounding in basic network security principles and other topics, you will learn:

  • What AAA is and review its design considerations
  • How ACLs mitigate network threats
  • What is the management plane and which practices can be applied to enhance security
  • Protection against common layer two attacks
  • Different firewall technologies and their strengths and weaknesses

The Cisco CCNA Security course course allows you to self-pace your learning, accommodating your busy schedule and allowing you to spend more time on your areas of weakness. The demonstrations provide critical exhibits of workplace applicability, bringing the theory to life and deepening your understanding of not just “what”, but “why” and “how”. Whether used as a primary educational source for self-instructed learning or as a study aide for instructor-led training, the Cisco CCNA Security video course is an important tool in your training arsenal.

How Going the Extra Mile with the Top IT Certifications Can Pay Off


Last month, Jonathan Feldman’s blog for InformationWeek Government discussed simple strategies for enhancing your salary and value. He opened up with a doozy of a statement. Essentially, his posts about high-paying jobs get lots of responses and high interest. Earning a [substantial] living by doing something that we may not exactly love, but hopefully like an awful lot was the purpose for getting into IT.  Right?

So, here’s the thing. Those fancy, super-high paying jobs will have an impact on the rest of your life. After all, companies aren’t paying top-dollar for 9-to-5 players with just any skillset. When chasing the goose that lays the golden career egg, it’s best to know how much you are willing to invest and what you are willing to trade in for that salary. Hint: IT goes beyond talent and experience.

The hard part is figuring out your life priorities, getting comfortable with them, and factoring them into your career goals. We’re talking about the things you don’t see when dollar signs are dancing around your head. Things like family commitments, travel preferences, hobbies, and professional interests. Factoring life priorities in doesn’t necessarily mean that they are more important than your career; but this exercise will help you find a position that allows a balance that you can live with in the long run.  Investment is the other half of this equation. You need to be at the top of your game and stay there—or get even better. This means an ongoing investment in training and certification. In turn, this means tracking down the top IT certifications that can really help you stand apart. 

Certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction. Earning certification may bring prestige and recognition from your peers.  It provides a validation of your skills and demonstrates to your employer that you can effectively meet the needs of your company. It’s a commitment to life-long learning and professional growth.

With that in mind, it's true that “Valuable people get valued, and paid.” And regardless of your work-life balance, you can still be valued. Unlike a house, which appreciates with age; your skills require regular maintenance to hold value. Embarking on an ongoing, career-long learning plan is the key to keeping skills current and on trend with industry developments. It’s also your key to switching specialties. Training and certification are critical, but you not only have to learn. You also need to show that you can apply your knowledge in the workplace. If you’re reskilling, consider taking on side projects that will prove skills and move you on to that next career placement. Learning about your industry, being aware of customer demand on the market level and staying engaged with industry news will help you see what’s coming down the pike in terms of skills demand. A little advanced notice can go a long way.

Because in the end, it’s all about making sure you are set up to succeed.