Monday, 15 January 2018

The 5 Best CCNA Books for Exam Revision in 2018

Best CCNA Certification Books

[Updated: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2018]

The CCNA is a challenging certification and a rite of passage for thousands of networking professionals across the globe. Achieve the CCNA certification and you’ll be on track for a rewarding career in networking and a £40,000 salary (ITJobsWatch).

The CCNA certification also qualifies you for advanced Cisco Career Certifications, like the CCNP: Routing and Switching. These certifications will further prove your skills and help you to achieve some of the top roles in networking.

To get the CCNA: Routing and Switching certification, you’ll need to pass two exams:

  • Exam 100-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 v3.0 (ICND1)
  • Exam 200-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 v3.0 (ICND2)

And whether you’re a networking professional or a newbie, revision is essential to pass these exams. To help you pass your CCNA exam first time, we’ve compiled a list of the best CCNA books for 2018:

  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide Library (2016)
  • 101 Labs for the Cisco CCNA Exam: Exam - 200-125 and 100-105
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide
  • 31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing & Switching Exam

Read on for an in-depth review of the top 5 best CCNA books for exam revision, chosen by Firebrand Training.

The 5 Best CEH Certification Books For 2018

CEH Certification Books

Updated: this article was updated for 2018

Cyber attacks are now among the top threats to businesses and consumers globally. Businesses need professionals with the CEH certification, but achieving this hacking qualification requires skill and determination.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Meet the apprentice fighting cybercrime at the BBC

The BBC and its 120-strong IT workforce has, for the first time, enrolled new recruits like Abraham Gordon, Cyber Security Analyst, onto Firebrand’s apprenticeship programmes to ensure they are protecting themselves against cyber-crime fast.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2018

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2018 Header Image

2018 is your opportunity to build new skills, expand your knowledge and get certified – but how do you decide what certifications you should achieve?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

10 Fantastic Benefits of Scrum Master Certification

10 Fantastic Benefits of Scrum Master Certification

Scrum is a simple framework that emphasises teamwork, communications and speed across complex projects. It allows teams to self-organise and make changes quickly, in line with agile principles.

Friday, 24 November 2017

10 Best Six Sigma Books For 2018

Best Six Sigma Books
Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to eliminate defects in any business process. From application development to manufacturing, the right implementation of Six Sigma can help you to improve processes by finding and removing the causes of errors.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Firebrand instructor, Dave Petts, wins Cisco Instructor Excellence Award 2017

Cisco Instructor Excellence Award

Firebrand’s expert instructor, Dave Petts, was recently acknowledged as among the top 25% of Cisco instructor’s in the world. Upon winning the Cisco Instructor Excellence Award, Dave was recognised for providing the highest quality of Cisco training for Firebrand. This marks the fifth time Dave has received the award.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

13 Data Protection Officer (DPO) Practice Exam Questions

Data Protection Officer Practice Exam Questions
When GDPR becomes law on May 25, 2018, businesses across the UK must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to monitor their GDPR compliance.

5 Tips to Help You Pass Your Six Sigma Green Belt Exam

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Exam Tips
The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification introduces managers to process improvement, waste minimisation and value maximisation. This certification is aimed at professionals with an interest or business-need for process improvement techniques.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Firebrand wins EC-Council ATC of The Year Award 2017

Firebrand Wins EC-Council ATC of the Year
As part of the annual EC-Council Global Awards, Firebrand Training has been named Accredited Training Centre of The Year 2017. This marks the ninth successive year we’ve been named ATC of The Year by EC-Council.

Friday, 27 October 2017

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Exam Tips

PRINCE2 2017 Exam Tips

PRINCE2 is the most popular and widely adopted project management framework in the world (Project Smart, 2015). Constructed from experience of thousands of academics, trainers and contractors this framework is formed by best practice guidelines any PRINCE2 certified project manager can understand and implement.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

6 GDPR Exam Questions - Test and Practice Your Knowledge

GDPR Exam Questions

Up to 67% of IT professionals in UK businesses are unprepared for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on 25th May 2018, revealed Spiceworks’ “IT data Snapshot” survey.

Friday, 20 October 2017

TOGAF Exam: 10 Tips You Need to Know

TOGAF Exam Tips

Pass the TOGAF exam and you’ll prove you know how to implement the world’s most reliable enterprise architecture (EA). By using TOGAF in your organisation, you’ll be able to develop an EA that’s flexible, consistent and employs the best practices.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

10 Tips To Pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-740 Exam

MCSA 70-740 Exam Tips

Microsoft’s 70 740 exam: Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016 is the first of three exams you must pass to get MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certified.

SSCP vs CISSP - Which Certification Is Right For You?


Deciding between the CISSP and SSCP can be confusing. We’re aiming to clarify the difference between the two and help you make the right decision when it comes to achieving your next (ISC)² certification.

10 Tips to Pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-410 Exam

MCSA 70-410 Exam Tips

Microsoft’s MCSA 70 410 exam, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, is exam one of three you must pass to achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

More Microsoft Exam Retirements in 2017 and 2018

Microsoft Exam Retirements

If you’re pursuing a Microsoft certification in 2017, pay close attention: you may be chasing a soon-to-be-retired exam. In the past 12 months, Microsoft exam and certification pathways have been in a constant state of change with a total of 55 exams and 17 certifications retired.

Friday, 6 October 2017

5 Tips For CEH Exam Preparation (v9)

CEH Exam Tips

Updated: this article was updated for 2017

IT security breaches hit the headlines every month and these massive hacks are extremely costly to businesses and their customers.

TalkTalk’s infamous security breach discovered in 2015, was estimated to cost £35m – and that’s not to mention the irreparable reputation damage. In response to these hacks, security is now the top priority for businesses and demand for IT security pros has soared. Among them, Ethical Hackers are the often the most sought after.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

5 Top Cyber Security Certifications To Get Before 2017 Ends

Top Cyber Security Certifications
The security industry is ready for another strong year, are you? Demand for permanent cyber security roles has increased by more than 50% since Q4 2015, boosted by explosive growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the introduction of GDPR in 2018.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PECB UK Reseller of the Year 2017 won by Firebrand Training

Firebrand Wins PECB UK Reseller of the Year

Firebrand is proud to have been recognised as the PECB UK Reseller of the Year 2017. The award recognises Firebrand as a training provider that has outperformed its peers and provided excellent customer satisfaction.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

10 Tips to Pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-741 Exam

MCSA 70-741 Exam Tips

Microsoft’s 70-741 exam: Networking with Windows Server 2016 is the second of three exams you must pass to achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Ditch the Degree: 6 Unlikely IT Careers That Don’t Require University

Ditch The Degree
You don’t need a university degree to achieve a career in IT. In fact, with the rise of IT apprenticeships, university might not be the best way for you to get a high-powered career in technology.

Whether you received the results you wanted or not, university isn’t the only option. An IT apprenticeship will get you into work with top employers and give you the qualifications you need faster than university.

You might be surprised what careers are available to you with an IT apprenticeship. Here are 6 eye opening IT careers that don’t require a university degree.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Top 10 TOGAF Resources You Don’t Need to Pay For

TOGAF Resources
Achieving the TOGAF certification proves you’re among the top enterprise architects. Demand is soaring for TOGAF; the average salary for a certified TOGAF professional is £70,000 (according to data from ITJobsWatch).

Before you enter the enterprise architecture elite, you’ll need to pass two tough TOGAF exams – Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation and Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified. These exams are challenging and TOGAF revision is essential.

The Open Group

Luckily, there are ways to prepare for your exam with TOGAF resources that won’t cost you a penny. This is a list of the top 10 TOGAF resources you don't have to pay for:

  • The Open Arch - TOGAF Exam simulator
  • Orbus Software - TOGAF 9 in pictures
  • Orbus Software - TOGAF Distilled
  • TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions - Chris Eaton
  • TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions - Udayan Banerjee
  • Official TOGAF courseware
  • Official TOGAF Reference Cards
  • Enterprise Architecture for Dummies
  • TOGAF 9.1 Quick Start Guide for IT Enterprise Architects
  • Frequently Asked Questions about TOGAF

From exam simulators to eBooks, make the most of these free resources and you’ll be in a better position to pass your TOGAF 9.1 exam first time.