Showing posts with label cisco. Show all posts
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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Cisco updated their CCNA Routing & Switching Certification - Here’s everything you need to know:

On the 17th of May Cisco announced some major changes to their flagship CCNA Routing & Switching certification moving from version 2 to 3 – here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the new and improved version 3.

What is the CCNA Routing & Switching?

The Routing & Switching certification aims to teach you the knowledge and skills needed to install, operate and troubleshoot a small-to-medium enterprise branch network as well as the basic network security and complex connections. The course is made up of ICND1 (CCENT) and ICND2 (CCNA), which collectively equate to the CCNA.   


Why has the CCNA Routing & Switching Certification been updated?

Although characteristic of Cisco to update their leading courses every four to five years, Pim Leemans, Cisco instructor, suggests there are additional reasons behind the revamp. “The way we learn has been changing a lot in previous years. Unlike before there will be less theory and more learning by just doing”. Cisco reflect these changes in learning through the introduction of Discovery and Challenge Labs, which teach and test students through practical tasks. Cisco state that the developments of the Routing & Switching certification also aims to meet the advancements in technology and better empower IT professionals with “the understanding of software defined networking (SDN) and the integration of virtualised resources utilised in Enterprise network architectures”.

What do the changes look like?  

Course
Exam
Course
Exam
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
100-101 ICND1
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
100-105 ICND1
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)
200-101 ICND2
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)
200-105 ICND2
Composite CCNA
200-120 CCNA
Composite CCNA
200-125 CCNA

Aside from the changes in the exam numbers, the content of the Routing & Switching certification has changed.

Changes from ICND1 v2.0 to ICND1 v3.0:

Pim Leemans describes the largest changes within ICND1 as the treatment of RIP as the only routing protocol and subjects on device management being moved from ICND2 to ICND1.  


Key topics removed or moved to ICND2:

  • OSPF (single area) and other OSPF topics were moved to ICND2 since RIP is used to introduce CCENT candidates to IP routing protocols.
  • Dual Stack was removed as there are multiple IPv4 and IPv6 transition technologies being used.
  • Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF) has been removed.  

Key topics added:

  • High level knowledge of the impact and interactions of infrastructure components, such as:
    • Firewalls
    • Access Points
    • Wireless Controllers
  • An awareness of the Collapsed Core architecture instead of the traditional three-tier architectures. This effectively joins Distribution and Core into a single tier with Access as a second tier.  
  • Required to configure and verify IPv6 Stateless Address Auto Configuration (SLAAC).
  • Added Anycast to the list of IPv6 addressing types.
  • Required to have knowledge of Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP). An L2 discovery protocol used in addition to Cisco Discovery Protocol.
  • RIPv2 for IPv4 serves as a primary focus for routing protocols.
  • Added requirements to understand DNS and DHCP related connectivity issues.
  • Understanding of Syslog message logging for device monitoring.
  • Skills and knowledge for backing up and restoring device configurations.

Changes from ICND2 v2.0 to ICND2 v3.0

Pim Leemans believes the ICND2 “has changed the most” with the emphasis on outdated technologies such as Frame Relay being replaced by Multi-Link PPP and PPPoE. The more challenging subjects of EBGP, RADIUS and Tacacs+ authentication are now also addressed.

Key topics removed:

  • Frame Relay and Serial WAN technology has been omitted
  • Only HSRP remains from First Hop Redundancy Protocols (VRRP and GLBP removed).

Key topics added:

  • Required to have knowledge of dual-homed vs single-homed Intelligent WAN topology options.
  • Need basic knowledge of external BGP (eBGP) used to connect Enterprise branches.
  • VPN topics now include; DMVPN, Site-to-Site VPN and Client VPN in common Enterprise use.
  • Must have an understanding of how Cloud resources are being used in Enterprise network architectures e.g.
    • How Cloud services will affect traffic paths and flows
    • Common virtualised services and how these coexist with legacy infrastructure
    • Basics of virtual network infrastructure (Network Function Virtualisation)
  • Awareness of Programmable Network (SDN) architectures including:
    • Separation of the control data plane
    • How a controller functions and communicates northbound to network applications and southbound to the R&S infrastructure using API’s.
  • Using Path Trace applications for ACLs, which is an essential new network application enabled by the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller – Enterprise Module (APIC-EM).
    • The tool is designed to automate the troubleshooting and resolution of complex ACL deployments.
  • Understanding QoS concepts related to marking, shaping and policing mechanisms for congestion management.
    • Need an understanding of how QoS is used for prioritising voice, video and data traffic. Plus an understanding of the automation provided by programmable networks to implement business critical QoS policies.  

For even more detail on the curriculum changes:



What does this mean for the old exams?

The exams 100-101 ICND1 and 200-120 CCNA can no longer be taken (August 20th deadline). The ICND2 exam, however, can still be taken until the 24th of September this year.

Can I combined exams?

Yes, if you already have the ICND1 (CCENT) certification v2.0 then you can get the ICND2 (CCNA) certification v3.0 and still end up with your CCNA qualification.









Monday, 13 July 2015

Firebrand launches a massive thirteen new accelerated courses


By Sarah Morgan



Firebrand continues to accelerate traditional IT training! We’re thrilled to announce the release of a massive 13 new Firebrand courses.

CISCO CCNA Collaboration - 8 days

Develop your collaboration and video skills, with Official Cisco Curriculum and Instructors helping your voice, video, data and mobile applications skills grow. In the real-world this will help you carry out and maintain most common industry protocol. You’ll learn how to:

  •  Successfully implement and troubleshoot CISCO video network devices
  • Provide operator care and network care – all in line with official Cisco standards
  • Assess network requirements of video solutions


CISCO CCNP Collaboration - 12 days

The follow on from the CCNA collaboration certification, again, the Official Cisco Curriculum and Instructors give you expert skills, so you can lead transformation in your organisation. You’ll build a variety of expert collaboration skills relevant to Cisco. This accelerated course covers:

  • Single-site off-cluster calling
  • Bandwidth management
  • Cisco IP telephony and video troubleshooting


CISCO CCNA Industrial - 3 days, 50% faster than traditional training!

In this brand new CISCO accelerated course, learn how to manage industrial systems, aligned with the highest standard of industry practices. This accelerated course blends IT and industrial networks and how to manage and operate them. Official Cisco Curriculum and Instructors cover elements such as:

  • Industrial networking concepts and components
  • Ethernets and IPs
  • Configuring and troubleshooting PROFINET

CCNA Industrial is Cisco’s IoT-focused certification, designed to help enterprise professionals develop the key skills needed as a result of the Internet of Everything (IoE) / Internet of Things (IoT).



Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect - Associate - 3 days

This Firebrand accelerated course will prepare you for the Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam. You’ll learn how to:

  • Ingress and egress of data in AWS
  • Identification of AWS architectural best practices
  • Estimate AWS costs


Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Professional - 3 days

The follow on to the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. This Firebrand course will help you gain advanced technical knowledge. Skills you learn will include:

  • Designing and deploying enterprise-wide scalable operations on AWS
  • Designing hybrid cloud architectures
  • Implement cost control strategies


ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 1: Identification and Protection - 3 days

In just three days, you’ll become familiar and competent with key cyber security skills, useful in the industry. On this brand new and official ISACA course, consisting of 50% hands-on lab exercises; you’ll learn key cyber security skills including:

  • Industry developed protection mechanisms 
  • Threat reports
  • Vulnerability analysis 
  • System log evaluation 
  • How to use identification and enumeration tools


ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 2 Detection - 3 days

Discover and prevent threats from harming your business. In another 50% lab-based accelerated course, you’ll learn from experiences you can apply to real-world situations. This official ISACA course will develop the following skills:

  • Analysing network output 
  • Detecting malware
  • Analysing attacks


ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 3 Respond and Recover – 3 days

Master what is needed to produce a thorough incident response plan (IRP). This official ISACA course will help you respond to, contain and recover from a cyber-attack. Domains covered include:

  • Performing a business continuity plan 
  • System restoration 
  • Attack isolation

Firebrand also offers an all-inclusive 9 day CSX Practitioner course, 40% faster than traditional training.



AXELOS ITIL Practitioner - 2 days

Brand new and centred on Continual Service Improvement (CSI) and how ITIL practices can be adapted within your organisation. It is also the follow on to the AXELOS ITIL foundation. This accelerated ITIL Practitioner course has been developed to increase the value of ITIL within your business. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use ITIL on a day-to-day basis
  • Use automation, real-time reporting and the cloud to improve service design and delivery
  • Use frameworks such as Lean, Agile and SIAM


AXELOS Cyber Resilience: Foundation & Practitioner (RESILIA) - 5 days

This brand new accelerated course works on a basis of knowing how to deal with cyber-attacks when they occur, as well as preventing them Covers both components of Foundation and Practitioner programs, as well as including both exams. You’ll become well practised in areas such as:

  • Control reporting and good governance
  • Enhanced collaboration and frameworks of using ITIL within IT security
  • Common language across IT and non-IT teams


AXELOS PRINCE2 AGILE Certification - 2 days

Apply established AGILE methodology, boosting the efficiency of your projects. This brand new accelerated 2 day course combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile thinking within the PRINCE2 concept. It requires the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification as a prerequisite. Applicable to any type of project, you’ll learn how to:

  • Apply basic AGILE concepts
  • Combine PRINCE2 and AGILE methodologies
  • Use those skills in a practical environment


GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) - 4 days

Establish a broad and solid foundation of knowledge of security essentials. Ideal for entry-level security professionals, operations personnel and managers alike. Learn:

  • How to design network architecture, running both Windows and Linux command tools, working with VMware, creating virtual security systems and policies
  • Networking concepts
  • Secure communications
  • Windows, UNIX and Linux security


GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) - just 5 days

Defend your business with this accelerated 5 day course. Using established penetration methodologies, you’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct a real-life penetration test and the legal issues surrounding it
  • Perform password attacks 
  • Benefits and limitations of command shell access 
  • Target and vulnerability scanning


200+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 200 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
(ISC)2

We’re committed to developing new accelerated courses. To stay up to date with our newest and most cutting edge training follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and LinkedIn.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cisco launch new CCNA Cloud and CCNP Cloud certifications


By Sarah Morgan


Today Cisco introduced two brand new cloud certifications to complement their already comprehensive certification portfolio.

The Cisco certification Pyramid
Available globally, the CCNA Cloud and CCNP Cloud are new job role certifications, designed to build and validate your cloud skill set.


Cisco CCNA Cloud – only six days

Companies are embracing cloud to help them to be more agile, flexible, and effective – with a CCNA cloud cert, you’ll get the skills you need to help these companies succeed with cloud technology.

On this accelerated course, you’ll learn how to perform entry-level provisioning and support for Cisco cloud solutions. You’ll also study:

  • Cloud characteristics and models
  • Cloud deployment
  • Cloud compute
  • End-user support
  • Infrastructure, administration and reporting

The CCNA Cloud certification will prepare you for the role of a cloud engineer or cloud administrator working in a small/medium business, or as support for a large enterprise.

Get this crucial cloud certification in just six days with Firebrand.


Cisco CCNP Cloudonly 12 days

Become a recognised expert with Cisco cloud technology and get the skills you need to build, implement, provision and support Cisco Cloud and Intercloud solutions. This certification is a progression of the Cisco CCNA Cloud.

On this accelerated course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Implement and troubleshoot Cisco Cloud Infrastructure
  • Automate Cisco Enterprise
  • Manage application centric infrastructure

Plus, this Cisco course includes all four CCNP exams, and is delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Get CCNP Cloud certified in only 12 days with Firebrand.


Firebrand are among the first to market these brand new Cisco cloud certifications. And with accelerated training, you'll be certified at twice the speed.

190+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 190 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
(ISC)2

We’re committed to developing new accelerated courses. To stay up to date with our newest and most cutting edge training follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and LinkedIn.

Find out how you can get certified at twice the speed and take a look at our full range of accelerated training.


About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Firebrand instructors get double win at Cisco Instructor Excellence Award 2015


By Sarah Morgan


Firebrand instructors, Dave Petts and Richard Greaves, were this year acknowledged for providing the highest quality of Cisco training when they won the Cisco Instructor Excellence Award 2015.



Both trainers were recognised amongst the top Routing & Switching instructors in the EMEAR region.

When announcing the award, Cisco said: “The 2015 award winners exemplified the highest quality training experience and demonstrated best overall performance.”

The award, as measured by student satisfaction surveys in 2014, highlights the exemplary commitment of Firebrand’s instructors around the world. Both Dave Petts and Richard Greaves have proved their technical expertise and drive to become the best in their field.

Cisco Instructor Excellence Award winners represent the top 25% of Certified Cisco Systems Instructors (CCSI) globally.

Firebrand Training’s UK Managing Director, Emma Seaman said:

“I’m delighted to hear of Dave and Richard’s success this year at the Cisco Instructor Excellence Awards. Their commitment reflects our ethos to deliver the highest quality of training. We’re immensely proud to count them amongst our team of dedicated instructors; they’re true firebrands.”

Firebrand is an official provider of accelerated Cisco training. Since launching in 2001, Firebrand has trained over 54,000 students with the help of dedicated and committed instructors.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Win Free Training for Life with Firebrand


 Free Training for Life

Firebrand is again giving one person free accelerated training for the rest of their life. This time it could be you.

The prize is worth more than £1million - considering the value of our all-inclusive courses and your potential future earnings.


Which courses are covered?


Join previous winners Mario Henkel and Joseph Guthrie who can now take every Firebrand course for free. You’ll get all of our Microsoft courses; from MCSA to MCSE, and Windows Server to Dynamics and SQL. Our other partners, including Cisco, Oracle and CompTIA, are covered too.

Project manager? PRINCE2 and PMP could be yours for free. Or if you're responsible for IT security, you could take any of our EC-Council and (ISC)2 courses.


How to win Free Training For Life


The competition is a raffle. One person will be picked at random, and they'll win Free Training For Life. It takes just two seconds to enter online.


 Win Free Training for Life

Increase your chance of winning. After entering you'll get a unique URL, which you can share with your colleagues and anyone else who’d be interested in Free Training For Life. Each extra entry via your unique URL counts as another 10 for you in the draw.

What it's like to win Free Training for Life


Listen to Joseph Guthrie, as he talks about what it was like to win Free Training for Life and his future aspirations.




Full terms and conditions can be found at: www.firebrandtraining.co.uk/ftfl

Author Profile

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Get £500 towards training from the Tech Partnership Training Fund


By Sarah Morgan


The Tech Partnership Training Fund provides funding for employers to invest in IT training. This means you can get a contribution of up to £500 off your Firebrand Training course – or up to £1,000 off an apprenticeship.

The Tech Partnership is a network of employers, collaborating to create the skills to accelerate the growth of the IT industry. The fund has been made available from the Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot.


£500 towards hundreds of accelerated Firebrand courses

Now not only will you save time on your Firebrand training course, you can also get a £500 contribution via the fund.

We offer courses in all the key areas that the Tech Partnership Fund is actively investing in, meaning you can apply for funding on most Firebrand courses, including : EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server and VMware vSphere 5.5 Fast Track.

Tech Partnership Funding is available across a range of key IT areas. Use the links below to find the training you need, or take a look at hundreds of other accelerated courses:



Show this to your boss

Funding is available per course, per delegate. This could mean massive cost-savings across your business.

Show this to your boss and take advantage of this government-backed scheme: get you and your colleagues trained and certified at twice the speed – while saving £500 each.


Self Employed?

If you're self employed or a contractor, you can still get the £500 funding per course.


How to apply

To get the funding, your business must have an office in England, and the training must be taken at a Firebrand UK training centre.

This is all you need to do:

  1. Once you’ve chosen your Firebrand course, complete the funding application form for short course funding or apprenticeship funding
  2. You’ll then get a letter to confirm if you've been approved (most applications are), which you need to sign and return, along with details of the learner(s)

It’s as simple as that!

You can see samples of the application forms here:
To find out more about the Tech Partnership Training Fund – or for help with the application form - call us on 080 80 800 888.

Note: There are a handful of Firebrand courses that don’t qualify for the funding. Call us now to check that your course is covered.


About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Catch Cisco's TechHuddle in a city near you


By Sarah Morgan


Find out how to transform your IT infrastructure with Fast IT when Cisco’s TechHuddle road show returns in February 2015.


What is the Cisco TechHuddle?

TechHuddle is Cisco’s quarterly technical update, including live events and webinars from across the UK and Ireland. You’ll experience an interactive mix of essential Cisco tech updates and live demos.

These events, specially curated for technologists, are focused on discussion. You’ll be able to share your own experiences, opinions and challenges with like-minded professionals and Cisco experts.






This quarter the TechHuddle is focusing on Fast IT Orchestration with Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and UCS Director.

Fast IT allows IT departments to shift resources from providing basic services, to focus on innovation. You’ll be able to reduce IT complexity without sacrificing agility and security, addressing the concerns of IT decision-makers.

Instead of focusing on ‘keeping the lights on,’ IT departments can focus on orchestrating strategic outcomes on behalf of the business.



Agenda:

09.30 - Arrival and Coffee

10.00 - Opening and Introduction

10.15 - Fast It - The policy defined Datacentre

We see IT departments having to focus on innovation, shifting resources from “keeping the lights on” to delivering more strategic outcomes for the business. Transitions such as Agile development practices, the rise of the DevOps movement, Software Defined Networking are changing the way we deliver, manage and operate the infrastructure that underpins the businesses IT capability.

10.45 - Making Fast IT a reality

This session will look at the latest Cisco technologies that can be used to make Fast IT a reality. We will look at the components that can be used, how application, networking, security and server teams can use different tools, techniques and technologies to deliver dynamic DataCentre solutions.

11.30 - Break and chat with Cisco Experts

12.00 - Order and provision a 3-tier app

This session will cover the Fast IT concepts needed in building a three-tier web application. It will demonstrate the steps to provide a self-service portal, enabling users to order services and have them automatically delivered and billed. Using ACI and UCS Director, all system, network, security and application configuration is delivered in-line with enterprise policy.

13.15 - Wrap up and final Q&A

13.30 - Lunch and chat with Cisco Experts

14.00 - Close


Catch Cisco at a city near you

Discover the full potential of an agile Cisco environment when the road show makes its way across the UK:

  • Reading - 5th February, 2015 
  • Dublin - 10th February, 2015 
  • London - 10th February, 2015 
  • Glasgow - 11th February, 2015 
  • Manchester - 12th February, 2015 

Specific locations are available on Cisco’s TechHuddle site. Register now to secure your place at this quarter’s TechHuddle roadshow.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 2 January 2015

Certifications to start your IT Career in 2015


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Looking to start your IT career in 2015? Check out this list of the top entry level certifications to help secure your first job in the field of IT. Completing any one of these will prove you have the associated skill set necessary to perform in a range of entry level IT jobs.

Microsoft entry level certifications

MicrosoftIf you're considering a career in technology then it's almost a certainty you'll end up working with Microsoft technologies. The MTA certification (Microsoft Technology Associate) is Microsoft's introductory track addressing a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts.

The MTA is split into three tracks which you can follow depending on your interests and career goals:


  • MTA IT Infastructure track - if you want to build a career in desktop, server infrastructure or private cloud computing this is the track for you. Hone your skills around window desktop and server operating systems, networking and security.
  • MTA Database track - this track is for those chasing a career in business intelligence or data platform administration and covers database fundamentals.
  • MTA Developer track - for those looking to become a software developer, this track prepares you to get hands on with Microsoft tech. Choose from a range of training to develop fundamental skills in software development, gaming, HMTL5, .NET, software testing and web development. 
Passing just one exam will gain you an MTA certification and prepare you for the more advanced MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certification tracks. Though it's important to note the MTA is not required as a prerequisite certification to the more advanced tracks.

Cisco entry level certifications

Cisco
If you are interested in starting a career as a networking professional, attaining a Cisco certification is a huge step in making this a reality. As well as being a global technology leader specializing in networking and communications, Cisco has one of the most popular and widely recognised certification programs in the IT Industry.

The CCENT credential (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) will be your ideal starting point. Attaining the CCENT certification proves you have the ability to install, maintain, secure and troubleshoot small networks. 

This will qualify you to get a job as a network or help desk technician, whilst also acting as the prerequisite for Cisco's Associate level certifications like the CCNA and CCDA.


CompTIA entry level certifications

CompTIACompTIA are a non profit trade association providing a range of globally recognized, vendor neutral certifications. Their most popular certifications are the A+ and Network+ certifications:

  • A+ certification - achieving this credential shows you have a solid skills foundation in software and hardware. This course is designed to reflect the skills needed to excel as a computer support professional and has been adopted by HP and IBM as a requirement for all their technical staff. The A+ credentials is so popular it recently passed the 1 million mark for individuals attaining the certification.
  • Network+ certification - this is a fantastic alternative to Cisco certification for those considering a career in Networking. The Network+ credential proves you have the skills and knowledge to configure and operate a variety of networking products.
Take a combined A+ and Network+ course with Firebrand and attain both certifications in just 7 days.


So there you have it, the top certifications to kick start your IT career in 2015, what are you waiting for?


Author Profile

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Massive Cisco CCNP Changes Incoming


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In response to the ever evolving state of networking and growing demand from employers, Cisco will be making huge improvements to their CCNP certification.

So what exactly are the CCNP changes? Here’s a quick FAQ to explain…


Q. What’s new?


A. The CCNP has been renamed the Cisco Certified Network Professional Routing and Switching certification (or CCNP Routing and Switching). All three courses in the current CCNP certification route have been updated and new exams have also been introduced.

Cisco has removed wireless, voip and video content topics from the certification. In addition, IPv6, Cisco StackWise, VSS and DMVPN technologies have been introduced.





Q. Why has the name been changed?

A. Changes in job requirements have led to an increased focus on routing and switching technology. This rebrand brings the name in line with other related technology certifications.


Q. How are the exams changing?


A. The exams are being altered to reflect the new content of the CCNP Routing and Switching certification.


  • Exam 642-902 ROUTE is being replaced by 300-101 ROUTE
  • Exam 642-813 SWITCH is being replaced by 300-115 SWITCH
  • Exam 642-932 TSHOOT is being replaced by 300-135 TSHOOT

The current exams are set to retire on the 30th January 2015.


Q. But I’m already training for the CCNP! What happens to me?


A. Candidates already in the process of attaining the CCNP certification will have the option to complete their remaining exams before they are retired on 30th January 2015.
If you have completed some of the CCNP exams, you can mix these with the new CCNP Routing and Switching exams (you won’t need to take any of your passed exams again).

However, the new 300-135 TSHOOT exam assumes knowledge of 300-115 SWITCH and 300-101 ROUTE, so candidates are advised to review the newer curriculum during their preparation.



Q. Have the prerequisites changed?

A. Valid Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification or any Cisco CCIE certification will still act as a prerequisite. Nothing has changed.


Q. I already hold the CCNP, how can I achieve the new CCNP Routing and Switching?


A. If you are currently a CCNP you will automatically become a CCNP Routing and Switching holder in Cisco’s database. Either way, you’ll definitely benefit from educating yourself on the new topics.


Q. What are the recertification requirements for CCNP


A. The CCNP Routing and Switching certification is valid for three years.



And remember, if you do want to get certified before the legacy exams are lost forever – the last day to take them is the 30th January 2015. 


About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cisco Tech Huddle – Addressing the full attack continuum


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Security savvy Cisco enthusiasts unite! The new Tech Huddle event series is just around the corner. The focus will be Cisco Security, with a comprehensive “Before-During-After” overview of the full attack continuum, i.e. the life-cycle of an attack from start to finish, including the possible aftermath.

Source: Addressing the Full Attack Continuum: 
Before, During, and After an Attack Whitepaper by Gartner/Cisco

Before: You’ll learn how to provide secure access to your data centre and remote resources using the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) combined with Cisco TrustSec.

During: Uncover the secrets of phishing and familiarise yourself with the latest methods, tricks and techniques used by attackers. You’ll also learn about why traditional detect and block technologies fail against phishing, and what you can do to protect your systems.

After: What happens when malware protection fails? Learn how to identify attacks, evaluate damages and respond to incidents with Cisco’s Advanced Malware Protection tool.


Besides the three 45-minute presentations, you’ll also see some live demos and have the chance to exchange ideas, experiences and practical tricks with your peers through interactive discussions.

To wrap everything up there'll also be a Q&A, where Cisco experts will answer all your questions.  In addition, you’ll have the chance to win an iPad mini, when attending the Cisco Tech Huddle.
When and where are these events happening?
  • London: 23rd September
  • Dublin: 23rd September
  • Glasgow: 24th September
  • Manchester: 25th September
  • Belfast: 25th September
  • Reading: 30th September
If you can't make the dates above, there's also a summary webinar taking place on 30th September 11:30-13:00

For all of the above dates, you can register on the Cisco website and see the full agenda here.


About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Your stories: which course would you attend first, if you won Free Training for Life?


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Which would be your first certification, if you won Firebrand's Free Training For Life competition? You'd get free access to over 160 training courses from the likes of Microsoft, Cisco, EC-Council, CompTIA, PMI and many more. Whether you're working in IT security, cloud computing or project management, you'd find the courses you need to climb up the career ladder.

We asked you to share your “first course choices” on our Google+ page, because we were curious about your picks and the stories behind them.

Reading your responses was thoroughly enjoyable. Some of them were witty, well-justified and though provoking, so it was hard to pick the Top 5. But at last here they are, the best answers from 5 lucky winners of 100 extra tickets to Free Training For Life:

It’s extremely important to keep your networks safe and this response seems to agree.

“If I won FTFL I would choose the Cisco CCNA and CCNA Security as my first course, as I know that I would then be able to protect my systems and myself without physical confrontation. I am small so actual confrontation has never gone well for me. So having that card in my back pocket will set me off on the right path. I would then go down the project management side of things and do PRINCE2 course and other courses related to project management.“ – Rachel

Some of you have already attended training with Firebrand, so you know what to expect and how to further develop the skills you’ve already got.

“If I won FTFL it would be a toss-up between Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and CompTIA Sec+. Having done CompTIA A+ I thoroughly enjoyed the course and loved the introduction into cryptography, the AAA of computing, types of attacks and various methods of procuring data - I had no idea that it was so in-depth and that was just a skim over the subject.

Having developed an appetite for it, I think both courses would be a great next step, though I think the CEH would provide a unique insight into security from the side of the intruder. I spoke to some people doing the course whilst doing my CompTIA A+ on the Firebrand campus and they spoke very highly of the course and learned a lot.

I'd also build up my Comp TIA A+ a little more with N+ and then work through ITIL before potentially branching into CISM or CCNA. I plan to build a wide-ranging skillset throughout my career and hopefully Firebrand will be the ones to help me do it!” – David

This could be you in a few months' time. Watch Joseph, last year's winner, talk about his certification plans.


Having a solid foundation is essential in preparing for long-term future goals.

“With so much choice it's not an easy decision. It would be either the CompTIA Trifecta [A+/N+/Sec+] to gain a solid foothold in an IT career or a Cisco CCNA qualification. Cisco would be the ideal choice as in today’s ever increasingly "Connected" world this would probably the most future proof qualification, as networks are always going to be required and therefore the properly certified individual will be the 'Key player' to keep this moving forward.” – Paul

We can’t stress this enough: you can beat a hacker, if you can think like one.

“I would go for the EC-Council CEH v8 to acquire the required skillset needed to help keep networks more secure. It's like the saying...to catch a thief, you have to think like a thief. With Firebrand Training, that dream would become a reality…” – Clevelon

If you’re familiar with what you need to make progress, you have a very good chance of reaching your goals.

“If I win the FTFL Competition, I will start with the BCI Certificate Training. The reason is because as an IT practitioner, my chosen area of specialty is IT Management, and with the Five Core Modules of the BCI Curriculum, (1. Policy, Programme Management and Culture;  2. Understanding the Organisation;  3. Determining Business Continuity Strategy;  4. Developing a BCM Response;  5. Exercising, Maintaining and Reviewing BCM Arrangements) I should be able to gain the requisite foundation for a start in the Sphere of IT Business Management.” - Imo

As you see different people have different preferences and ideas about their future. We’d be delighted to hear more of your stories. Tell us which course you’d take first, if you won Free Training For Life. You can do so on the Firebrand Google+ page.

Send us your story of which course you'd take and why, and the best ones will again be rewarded with 100 extra entries and a "Failure Is Not An Option" t-shirt.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

3 Cisco CCNA certificates to boost your career in Networking


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The CCNA is a consistently well-regarded industry certificate, assessed and supported by Cisco, an industry behemoth with 45% market share for products in the networking and communications sectors. The CCNA is an immensely popular certification amongst network professionals, but why should you actually bother with it?

A CCNA cert will not only prove and document your own knowledge, you’ll demonstrate to your boss that you have the skills and drive to progress in your career. It could even be that crucial bargaining chip to secure a raise. Having one of the CCNA certifications on your resume will help you stand out from others when applying for the same job and proves to the hiring manager that you have the requisite skills in networking.

Any one of the CCNA certifications could be the jump start you need to move up in your career. 


'A brief introduction to Cisco's associate level certifications'


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Cisco CCNA Security

Prerequisites - Any valid CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification.
The CCNA Security certificate demonstrates to organisations that you possess valuable skills involved in the implementation and maintenance of secure networks and server architecture.

With an increasing number of industry and government compliance mandates becoming necessary, even a basic level of network security can prove critical in accelerating your career. Complying with well-known security standards can provide a massive bonus to organisations; who are often more than willing to pay for someone with the skills – In the UK, Network Security Engineers earn an average salary upwards of £48,500.

As part of the certification, you’ll prove skills in the installation, monitoring and troubleshooting of network devices in order to maintain confidentiality and availability for both data and device.

Cisco CCNA Wireless

Prerequisites - Any valid CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification.
The wireless job market has been expanding at pace for years with companies of all sizes upgrading their infrastructure to include wireless. A study by Canalys shows that Wireless LAN shipments will represent 18% of all enterprise networking value in 2018. As one of the leaders in network innovations, it will come as no surprise that Cisco is already the market leader and actually account for 53% of wireless shipments.

Having a CCNA Wireless certificate on your resume will make it clear to prospective (and current) employers that you can implement and maintain wireless network technology.
If you already work with Cisco network infrastructures the CCNA Wireless will set yourself apart from other candidates and demonstrate a broad range of skills. Alternatively, if you’re already working within the wireless field with other vendor platforms, and you’re interested in expanding into Cisco’s technology, this certificate could prove crucial.
The CCNA Wireless certification demonstrates your knowledge in WLAN fundamentals, basic WLAN security, installation of Cisco LAN networks and WLAN maintenance.

Cisco CCNA Voice

Prerequisites - Any valid CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification.
Whilst better known for their network products, Cisco is also a major provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) to enterprises. The CCNA Voice cert is your first step to a career in voice networking. You’ll demonstrate you have the skills needed to deploy and maintain a Cisco Voice infrastructure using technologies like: Voicemail solutions, IP PBX and IP Telephony.

This certification confirms you have the required knowledge for specialized roles in voice technology. It’s a specialised sector, but one that pays well - Cisco Voice Engineers earn an average salary of £40,000 in the UK.

Now’s the time to get an official Cisco certification

The UK’s GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) security arm has just approved a number of CISCO products as secure. The certification allows the products to handle information up to the UK governments “Official” classification and will likely provide a big boost to the value of the Cisco brand.

The Cisco-certified will be amongst those reaping the rewards of this new government support. So what are you waiting for, ride the Cisco wave and get certified

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.