Issue 2 - Monday, December 16, 2013

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Issue 2 – Monday, December 16, 2013


Welcome to another issue of Techno Talk.

Techno Talk delivers news, advice, and reviews relating to the world of Information Technology (IT). Whether you want to pursue a career in IT, or just aim to acquire some new skills, Techno Talk will help you achieve your goals.

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1) Training, Practice, and Experience – Becoming the Best IT Pro Possible

2) Cisco Security – Protecting your Network against Attacks

3) The New CCIE v5 – What to Expect



Many different ways exist to train for a career in Information Technology, but the method you choose depends on the way you process new information. You can begin by pursuing some certifications, going to college, or gaining real world experience; however, combining all of these methods may prove more rewarding.

Getting a degree in Computer Information Systems, or some other IT related concentration, can help put your best foot forward. While knowledge gained from an appropriate degree program can help you learn the basics, you will also obtain valuable resources to begin working in the field.

Certifications also increase your likelihood of getting hired. Starting with the basics, such as the CCENT, A+, or Network+ certifications, can prove yourself competent enough to get your foot in the door. If you really want to impress someone, earning more advanced credentials, like the CCNA, CCNP, or MCSE, can help your chances even further.

However, no amount of training really beats real world experience. You could earn an advanced degree, plus several of the higher level certifications, but employers will still pass you by due to a lack of any practical experience. Finding a simple job, working in the field of IT, can sometimes earn you more respect than all of the degrees and certifications in the world.

Earning a lot of IT credentials can prove invaluable, but don’t forget to complement those qualifications with some on-the-job experience. After all, training helps prepare you for an entry level job, but real world experience permits you to start climbing the corporate ladder.



A huge part of Information Technology (IT) relies on securing data from outside threats. You must harden a networks infrastructure against severe attacks; however, you need to find a balance between security and function. Fortifying your network is a high priority, but go overboard and you could prevent legitimate users from accessing network resources.

Threats come in all shapes and sizes. Not only do you need to protect users from outside dangers, but you must also protect them from each other. Employees bypass all external security once they walk through the front door; nevertheless, with proper practice and training anyone can secure a network against both internal and external threats.

Certification can help validate your knowledge in this important aspect of IT. Cisco offers several security related certifications. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security credential emphasizes core security technologies. Once earned you can recognize and mitigate threats to a network, maintain device integrity, and protect data confidentiality.

Subsequently, you can earn the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security certification. This qualification requires a candidate to pass four exams. These exams focus on securing routers and switches, deploying Cisco firewalls, deploying Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions, and implementing intrusion prevention systems.



All Cisco certifications culminate in a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) credential; however, only 2% of people who earn a CCNP ever attempt the CCIE. Recently the CCIE – Routing & Switching went through a major overhaul. Version 5.0 of the exam tests individuals on some newer technologies, plus removes topics no longer relevant in today’s day and age.

The CCIE – Routing and Switching certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate, and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructures. Some topics include layer 2/3 technologies, virtual private networks, infrastructure security, and quality of service.

You need to pass a comprehensive written examination, followed by an 8-hour hands-on practical lab, to earn a CCIE. These tests will push you to your limits, and requires months, if not years, of studying to achieve. Earning a CCIE may seem unattainable right now, but with hard work and determination we can all reach that goal.

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