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Gear Up for the New CompTIA Network+ (N10-009): What’s Changed?

The IT landscape is constantly evolving, and CompTIA updates certifications to reflect today’s network world. The Network+ N10-009 exam launches this week, and it will reflects some great changes. Don’t panic, if you are studying now you have until December 19, 2024 to get the N10-008 certification.

Breaking it down by Domain, Key Changes

Networking Fundamentals is now Networking Concepts. Although the change in the weighting of the domain only dropped from 24% to 23%, this domain is where the largest changes have occurred. As in today’s networking world, there is an added emphasis on cloud concepts and connectivity.

Network Implementations simply becomes Network Implementation and the domain weighting raised for 19% to 20%. CompTIA has finally removed some of the older technologies, as well as they have changed its focus toward network architecture. The focus is more on characteristics of the different technologies and implementation across different environments.

Network Operations weighting has jumped from 16% to 19%, and this domain now also incorporates remote access methods and their security implications that previously was covered in Network Security. In addition, some of the network services and architecture previously covered in Networking Fundamentals has been moved to this domain.

The Network Security domain has dropped in weighting from 19% to 14%. This domain now has a focus on connection methods. Its focus is more than just identifying features of security, but also on implementing defense techniques and solutions.

Network Troubleshooting and Tools has expanded its weighting on the exam from 22% to 24%. It still has a focus on the troubleshooting methodology. The new exam has coverage on additional hardware tools and physical troubleshooting. It has increased troubleshooting to include physical interface issues.

Overall Network+ Exam Changes

CompTIA acknowledges the importance of soft skills in today’s IT world. Organizational processes and procedures are important to demonstrating understanding of a structured network environment. Understanding network concepts is being emphasized in the troubleshooting areas.

A bit overdue, CompTIA has removed a good amount of antiquated networking topics. You no longer need to worry about cable specification, cable management, and memorizing the Ethernet standards. Replacing the old topics, the focus is now on cloud concepts and connectivity.

IT industry certifications are undergoing significant transformation, reflecting the rapid evolution of technology and the increasing demand for specialized skills. Certification bodies are adapting their exams to include contemporary topics such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence, ensuring that IT professionals are equipped with the knowledge necessary to tackle modern challenges.

As technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace, ongoing education and certification updates will be crucial for maintaining relevance and competence in the field. IT professionals need to stay informed about the evolving certification requirements and embrace a mindset of lifelong learning. Only by doing so, can you ensure that skills remain sharp and aligned with industry standards,  enhancing career prospects and contributing to the ever-evolving tech landscape.

Talk to ya next week,

Mike


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Conquering IT Certs: How Practice Exams Sharpen Your Skills (But Beware the Dark Side)

You set your sights on an IT certification – fantastic! These credentials can open doors to exciting careers and validate your knowledge on a resume. But let’s be honest, these exams can be daunting and expensive. That’s where practice exams come in – a study tool that can make all the difference in paying for an exam once or twice. But are they a surefire path to success?

Let’s break down the pros and cons to help you craft a winning study strategy.

Used in conjunction with study, practice exams expose areas needing extra focus. They can help you identify specific concepts, so you are able to double down on studying those sections in course materials.

Practice exams can mimic the real deal, familiarizing you with question formats, time constraints, and the overall testing experience. This builds confidence and reduces test anxiety on exam day.

Actively recalling information through practice exams strengthens memory and knowledge retention of the topics, it’s like a workout for your IT expertise!

Beware of “exam dumps” that simply provide answers without explanations. These won’t teach you the material and could get you in trouble with certification bodies. Practice exams are a tool, not a crutch. Don’t rely solely on memorizing answers, it only helps you if you have the exam question on a certification exam. Strive for a deep understanding of the concepts being tested, that is what an employer needs.

Getting good grades on practice exams can give a false sense of security. Remember, these are simulations, and the real exam may have different phrasings or unexpected questions. Not to repeat myself but know your concepts and read the questions. If you know the concepts, you will know the correct answer.

Integrate them throughout your study schedule strategically, not just at the end. Start with general exams and progress to more specific ones as you learn. Make certain you are striving for quality, not quantity. Invest in reputable practice exams, they will cover certification topics like the actual exams.

Remember, don’t just memorize answers. It’s great that you remember the answer to this question is “A”; that means you have a good memory. Now use that strength to remember concepts, it is the only way you will get certified. Review explanations to grasp the underlying concepts. If something is unclear, review your study materials, get online, and ask questions.

Practice exams are a valuable weapon in your IT certification arsenal but use them wisely. When combined with a solid understanding of the material, they’ll help you successfully pass those exams, achieve your certifications, and advance your tech career!

Talk to you next week,

Mike


 US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+, Network+, and Security+, hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

Total Seminars e-books are available: Check out our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub

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Unlocking Your Future: Earn Your Security+ Certification

Are you thinking about diving into the world of IT or cybersecurity? Getting your Security+ certification is a fantastic move. It’s a credential that’s recognized around the globe and can really set you apart in the IT field. But let’s be real, it takes some effort and dedication to get there. Here’s why you should stay motivated and some tips to keep you going on your journey to becoming Security+ certified.

The Security+ certification is a golden ticket for your career. It’s a must-have for many cybersecurity roles, especially in government and big companies. Certification shows employers that you’ve got the skills and the dedication to back them up. It covers network security, compliance, operational security, threats, vulnerabilities, and more.

Mastering these topics not only helps you pass the test but also gives you a solid foundation for any cybersecurity job. There are millions of unfilled jobs worldwide, and companies are willing to pay well for certified professionals. The Security+ certification can give your salary a nice boost and help you land a stable job with lots of room for growth.

Passing the Security+ exam is a big achievement. It’s proof of your hard work and technical knowledge, so keep your motivation.

Start by setting some clear goals. Break them down into smaller, manageable tasks. Celebrate the little wins along the way to keep yourself motivated.

Consistency is key. Create a study schedule that works for you and stick to it. Make sure to balance your study time with breaks to avoid burning out. Studying with others can be a game-changer. Join a study group or an online forum where you can share resources, discuss tough topics, and keep each other motivated.

Hands-on experience is crucial for your comfort with your skills. Use virtual labs and simulation tools to put what you’ve learned into practice. This not only helps you remember the material but also boosts your problem-solving skills.

There will be tough times, but don’t forget why you started. Persistence is key—keep pushing even when things get hard.

Getting your Security+ certification is no walk in the park, but it’s worth it. Every bit of effort brings you closer to your goal. Stay motivated, use the resources available to you, and believe in yourself. The skills and knowledge you gain will not only help you pass the exam but also set you up for success in the exciting field of cybersecurity.

Talk to you next week,

Mike

My friends at CyberNow Labs are doing a great job helping people fill the knowledge gap.  They are awarding scholarships for their Certified Defensive Security Analyst courses to fill the gap in cybersecurity jobs, and the first part starts with CompTIA Security+ certification.  Hear about their program to see if you qualify.


Live CompTIA Security+ training for only $500! 

Join me for a live webinar hosted by CyberNow Labs 

Talk to someone who made the change to cybersecurity from an IT career. Meet with my friend Patrick, tell him Mike sent ya!

Call 703-740-2909


 US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.

Practice Tests: TotalTester practice tests have hundreds of questions in a pool that allows you to create custom exams by exam domain or by chapter. Take tests in Practice mode with assistance (hints and explanations) or in Final mode (simulate the real exams). Includes complete explanations for each question.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+, Network+, and Security+, hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

Total Seminars e-books are now available: Check out all of our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub


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How to get started in a career in the IT industry.

If you are nerd like me and enjoy computers and technology, you should seriously consider a career in IT. I have always loved playing around with technology and because I understood it, I was able to make a career teaching others.

Getting into IT does not have to be difficult.  There are a lot of opportunities in IT that do not require you dedicate years to schooling.  IT professionals are able to start in IT support and help desk positions that can be long term careers or a way to get you started in the industry.

Job outlook for IT support roles is very good, and US employers are posting open positions.  Support specialists are also good paying positions.  US Bureau of Labor Statistics has the median annual salary for IT support specialists at $50,000.

IT support specialists offer tech support troubleshooting software and hardware on systems for internal company employees as well as in companies that specialize in supporting users. They need to have tech skills and problem-solving skills.  In addition, good support specialists have solid soft skills.  Let’s face it if you work with people, you must provide good customer service.

You need solid knowledge of hardware and peripheral components, common software packages and their installation.  Now a days you also need network skills, both on a home and business level.

So how do I get there?

Breaking into the industry requires certification or experience.  CompTIA’s A+ Certification is the top industry certification for support specialists, and it is the best place to start for entry level positions.

Just like having gaming groups, you need to get into some professional group, networking!  Most jobs are filled by networking.  Get on networking platforms like LinkedIn, join the tech groups and be active.

Use your current skill set in addition to your tech skills.  If you have a background in customer service, look to start in help desk, you can use your existing skills to show experience. Get your resume looking good and searchable.  You need to have your objectives, skill, experience, and any certifications or award. Even your experience at previous positions is important to match with an IT employers skill requirements.

Get your resume out everywhere.  Don’t expect to hear back from sending out five or six resumes, search out good employers and send resumes to open positions that are relevant to your skillset.

When you get the interview, be prepared!  Know the company position requirements, be ready to talk about how you meet those requirements.  Don’t walk into an interview blind, take the time to know a little bit about the company and the position that is open.

Also focus on your ability to work well with other and develop teamwork.  Employers often will ask questions to assess how you will react to technical issues as well as issues with others. Think about some difficult scenarios ahead of the interview and how you would deal with them on the job. Don’t be shy, practice interviewing with someone, it is the best way to get used to it.

The most important thing is to get active now and stay active.  Keep knocking on the door of opportunity, one will open.

Talk to you next week,

Mike

My friends at CyberNow Labs are doing a great job helping people fill the knowledge gap.  They are awarding scholarships for their Certified Defensive Security Analyst courses to fill the gap in cybersecurity jobs, and the first part starts with CompTIA Security+ certification.  Hear about their program to see if you qualify.


Live CompTIA Security+ training for only $500! 

Join me for a live webinar hosted by CyberNow Labs 

Talk to someone who made the change to cybersecurity from an IT career. Meet with my friend Patrick, tell him Mike sent ya!

Call 703-740-2909


 US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.

Practice Tests: TotalTester practice tests have hundreds of questions in a pool that allows you to create custom exams by exam domain or by chapter. Take tests in Practice mode with assistance (hints and explanations) or in Final mode (simulate the real exams). Includes complete explanations for each question.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+, Network+, and Security+, hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

Total Seminars e-books are now available: Check out all of our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub



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Cybersecurity Careers: How to become a professional

Today’s need for cybersecurity continues to grow.  Cybersecurity analysts have a great employment future in organizations to secure information security. But what is a “cybersecurity specialist”? Cybersecurity specialists use software to prevent cyberattacks and mitigate data breaches. As in all careers, job specifics have a wide range: security administrator, systems administrator, and security analyst.

Cybersecurity specialists are responsible for protecting the data and IT infrastructure of companies. Detecting cyber threats and implementing data-saving security measures. Techs also create and enforce security policies, carry out threat and risk analyses and perform vulnerability assessments. They spot suspicious patterns in computer systems and review aspects of the computer infrastructure for threatening activities. Cybersecurity professionals create, install, and operate firewalls and set and implement security standards.

More senior the cybersecurity specialist job role is, the more stringent that qualification, but in today’s world, training and experience is key. Employers have seen the benefits of alternative pathways into technology jobs. In today’s ever-changing environment, certifications offer a competitive advantage in the job place.

The skills a cybersecurity specialist needs can vary based on the role, most cybersecurity specialists need skill sets with competencies. Risk management and mitigation, threat hunting, incident response, threat intelligence and response, incident response, vulnerability assessment, and project management.

Soft skills like problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and adaptability are imperative. Skills like these help cybersecurity specialists prevent and mitigate security breaches. And as in most positions, excellent communication skills are essential for cybersecurity specialists.

Many cybersecurity specialist job descriptions require a candidate to have several years of experience in a data security role. But how do you get the training and experience?

Pursuing a career as a cybersecurity specialist is a big decision. Thankfully, the job outlook for this profession is good. The need for cybersecurity specialists will continue to grow, reaching about 234,000 by 2033. The 10-year projected growth for cybersecurity specialists is 242% above the national rate per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), CompTIA State of the Tech Workforce 2023 and Lightcast.

If you want to become a cybersecurity specialist, you need industry-recognized certifications to get started, two of the best cybersecurity certifications you can get are CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+). Security+ is the know cybersecurity industry starting certification and one I have been happy to provide since it began.

My friends at CyberNow Labs are doing a great job helping people fill the knowledge gap.  They are awarding scholarships for their Certified Defensive Security Analyst courses to fill the gap in cybersecurity jobs, and the first part starts with CompTIA Security+ certification.  Hear about their program to see if you qualify.

Talk to you next week,

Mike


Live CompTIA Security+ training for only $500! 

Join me for a live webinar hosted by CyberNow Labs 

Talk to someone who made the change to cybersecurity from an IT career. Meet with my friend Patrick, tell him Mike sent ya!

Call 703-740-2909


 US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.

Practice Tests: TotalTester practice tests have hundreds of questions in a pool that allows you to create custom exams by exam domain or by chapter. Take tests in Practice mode with assistance (hints and explanations) or in Final mode (simulate the real exams). Includes complete explanations for each question.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+, Network+, and Security+, hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

Total Seminars e-books are now available: Check out all of our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub


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