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What Happened to CCENT and Where Do I Go From Here?

Posted by James Hanback on Jun 27, 2019 1:33:17 PM

So, you finally decided to obtain your first Cisco certification. Like many candidates, you had your eye on getting a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). You explored your options and decided you wanted to test the waters by plunking down the money for the  Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) exam and obtaining your Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) credential. Then you can use that credential as a stepping stone to your CCNA by taking ICND2 later, presumably after you spent some time studying for it.

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Tags: Cisco, CCENT, CCNA, ICND1, ICND2

What to Expect From the CAT Edition of the CISSP Exam

Posted by James Hanback on Jul 9, 2018 3:20:50 PM

Test takers who sat the original proctored paper-and-pencil version of the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) exam might identify with the following nagging thoughts chewing at the minds of candidates as they attempted to center themselves for the long haul in what was most likely an unfamiliar environment:

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Tags: cissp, CISSP practice exam, (ISC)2 CISSP, CISSP certification, CISSP CAT

How to Choose Your Path to the CCNA

Posted by James Hanback on Mar 2, 2017 11:09:33 AM


Just like the Robert Frost poem, two paths diverge in the thicket that is your study for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching certification. Along one of those paths, you first earn the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) by taking the Interconnecting Cisco Networks Devices 1 (ICND1) exam, or exam number 100-105. After more study, you can then opt to take the ICND2 (200-105) exam to earn the CCNA certificate.

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Tags: CCENT, CCNA, ICND1, ICND2