General Certification — TechExams Community Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:09:45 +0000 en General Certification — TechExams Community Web Design vs Networking? Mon, 26 Jul 2004 23:00:48 +0000 General Certification dcyphr80 4084@/discussions EC Council ECES. Cryptography Certification Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:05:51 +0000 General Certification dragonsden 121190@/discussions Feel like im at a stand still... Tue, 26 Feb 2019 20:06:53 +0000 General Certification monorion 134989@/discussions
I feel like my career has hit a brick wall and for the first time I legitimately don't know what to do. Been in IT for 7 years mainly doing desktop support, current role is associate system admin and been doing it for a couple months but, i am not happy or motivated to come to work, I know it's not what I want to do and I am not a huge fan of management around here, there seems to be a lack of leadership.

As far as certs go i have my CCNA:RS but i don't know where to go from here. I do enjoy networking but all the networking i have done is only in a lab/simulation i don't have any real world production networking experience and the current place i'm at won't give me the ability (i've asked already). and i feel this is holding me back.

I've been contemplating what certs to go after next and I have no idea. One day i tell my self CCNP:RS lets do it! then the next few days i'm thinking maybe more security/Firewall technologies (this is an area that I do lack in) so maybe some Palo Alto certs will help and I have this back and forth in my mind and it's stressing me out! Network engineering is defiantly a goal of mine but I am also open to the security realm as it's becoming more popular/in-demand, but i Just don't know how to start.

Anyway, thanks for the time and i apologize if it sounds like i'm ranting/complaining. I just have no direction at the moment.

Thank you!!]]>
Cancel microsoft exam question Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:05:28 +0000 General Certification ssnyderu2 134988@/discussions Passed: Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA) Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:30:16 +0000 General Certification Launchpad 108803@/discussions
A little background on me... I'm a recent grad with a bachelors degree in a business/IT field, and have roughly 2 years IT experience all of which has been service desk type duties. My only cert prior to this was Security+.

I had very little knowledge of protocols and network analysis when I started studying, so the bulk of my knowledge came from the materials I used to self-study (along with some Googling when I came across something in the text that I didn't recognize).

The books I used in order:
Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems by Chris Sanders
Wireshark Network Analysis (Second Edition): The Official Wireshark Certified Network Analyst Study Guide by Laura Chappell
Wireshark Certified Network Analyst Exam Prep Guide (Second Edition) by Laura Chappell

The study guide goes a lot more in-depth than what is required for the exam, which isn't a bad thing--especially since I expect to use it as a reference moving forward. The questions on the exam were very similar to those in the exam prep guide.

Overall I learned A LOT from the studying, and I've already found the knowledge gained to be useful at work. Not to mention it's been pretty fun diagnosing network problems and performance issues that were thoroughly confusing even our network infrastructure guy!]]>
Exams in which you cannot go back to a question after you click on Next Sat, 16 Feb 2019 03:31:35 +0000 General Certification bjpeter 134901@/discussions Free/Reduced Certifications - Free/Reduced Training Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:27:00 +0000 General Certification j23evan 94746@/discussions
Free Certifications

For Everyone:
For IT Professionals:
  • VMware VSP & VTSP - Secure Customer Login - VMware offers fantastic training and certifications for partners with their VMware Sales Professional and VMware Technical Sales Professional Certifications.
  • F5 University for Partners - - F5 offers several sales and technical accreditation's for partner company employees.
  • Citrix Partner Central - - Citrix offers free training on their products as well as the CCSP 2013 for partner company employees.
Inexpensive Certifications
  • Brocade Accreditations - $20 - Accreditation Exam Information - Brocade has 11 web based Accreditation's that are only $20. They also offer Free training PDF's for each course.
  • HP Specialty Certifications - $10-45 - - HP has a series of web based Certifications (HP2-HP5 Prefix) of inexpensive exams.
  • Apple Associate Exams - $65 - Training and Certification - Thankfully Apple is moving away from their Authorized Training Centers (aka Robber Barrons) to Pearson, and are offering their Associate level Exams online from the comfort of your home for $65 and free training PDF's/iBookstore books.
  • Google Apps Education Qualification / YouTube Digital Citizen Certification - $15 - Google Apps Education Training Center - Google has 5 Exams that are $15 a piece that once all are completed earn you the Google Apps Education Qualification. The exams are web based and all training material is provided for free.
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification - $25 - - Yes I know it's not an IT Certification. (Though they are getting ready to release a "Cyber Safety" course) Proving that you have attended and passed the 10 Hour OSHA training course will give you a leg up over other applicants in certain industries.
Reduced Certifications
  • Microsoft Exams through Prometric (070, 071, MTA) - Retake Microsoft Certification Exam for Free | Microsoft - Microsoft's Second Shot is back! Now through May 31st, 2014 you can obtain a voucher to have a free retake on almost all of their technical exams. Dynamics is sadly excluded. In addition you can save an extra 15% if you order a certification pack (MCSA, MCSE, MCSD) with a second shot.
  • Exin Exams through Prometric - - Now through December 31st, 2013 Exin is offering a free retake of any exam taken through Prometric by signing up for a voucher.
  • Teradata Exam Promotion - Promo Code: PTNR2013 - Special Promotions - Teradata Exams - Teradata is having a promotion celebrating the release of their new series 14 reducing the price of their exams from $170-195 to $114. They have also released a new training app to help you prepare.
  • Check Point - Training and Certifications - Check Point is offering 50% off all examination retakes and provides free training.
  • Juniper Fast Track - - Juniper is offering a 50% discount on 4 of their exams by taking and passing a free pre-assessment. Best of all they offer free elearning as well! (Thanks Zartanasaurus)
  • Stanley Community College - VCP-DCV VMware Course - VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage - Definately the best education deal for VMware, though unfortunately you need to go on a waiting list. For $200 you get the full online VMware Academy course as well as a 70% off Exam voucher. The labs are great and the instructors are great.
  • Oracle Beta Exams - Beta Info - Oracle offers beta exams for $50 instead of $150-$245. You can see what the release date is for each and when to expect a score report. As far as training goes... Oracle isnt the most benevolent of companies to starving IT professionals.
  • Get Certified 4 Less - - Get Certified 4 Less runs short sale specials discounting specific exam vouchers that must be taken rather soon. In addition to that they tend to sell exam vouchers $10-20 less than directly from the vendor. (Thanks Kriscamaro68 and shyguyIT)
For IT Professionals:
  • Brocade CNE - Education - Promo Code: CNE250BCNEPromo - Brocade is offering a Free BCNE exam voucher for current CCNA holders with purchase of the $100 CNE 250 training.
For Students: Free Training For IT Professionals
  • Microsoft Partner Network - - A fantastic training site that explores in most Microsoft products and has assessments. Most assessments can be linked to specific partner competencies, and the best part is the completed courses are tied to you. If you change companies and associate your Microsoft Professional account with them they will get all the benefits of what you have accomplished.
  • EMC Powerlink - - EMC Powerlink is for employees of Partner Organizations to learn and take assessments validating Sales and Engineering for both EMC Solutions and RSA Security.
  • Meraki - Cisco Meraki Webinars - Free Meraki 802.11n cloud managed AP for attending a webinar. IT professionals only, you must register with your company email.
Reduced Training
  • Western Governors University - Online University | Online Degree Programs | The University of You - As many of you are aware, WGU is one of the best deals in post-secondary education. Think of it as the public version of Phoenix University. It's Online, Accredited, Accelerated, and Inexpensive. For my broke IT professionals you can get student loans via fafsa (Yes its debt, but think of it as a down payment for a better future). The majority of their IT classes revolve around obtaining a certification, and they give you all the training you need. You can actually structure and accelerate your classes to where your term is cheaper than it would be to get the certs separately, and you earn college credit.
Associations & Membership Perks

For Everyone
  • Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) - FREE - CSTA - Individual Membership - The CSTA is focused on IT Education, and unlike the title says is not just for educators, but anyone interested. From time to time Microsoft offers free MTA exam vouchers to member, and other vendors provide perks, as well as being given a full ACM Membership.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - $19/$99 - Membership — Association for Computing Machinery - ACM is an incredible value for students at $19 a year, or IT professionals at $99 a year. (That is if you aren't interested in education and opt for the CSTA membership). Member perks include Free access to Safari, books24x7, and skillsoft. Email forwarding and filtering through postini with an email, access to their digital library and tri-weekly news emails keeping you up to date. Additional perks as a Student member include Microsoft Dreamspark/Dreamspark Premium (Yay free software! And typically a free MS Voucher yearly) , and CA Academic Initiative.
  • Microsoft DreamSpark/DreamSpark Premium - Free, Students only - - Microsoft has a decent program for students that give them access to free software in the Programming/Server fields. If your school is awesome they will have access to DreamSpark Premium which gives you a plethora of keycodes and software that rivals the midrange MSDN account. WGU and Stanly CC are both Premium members. Both offer VMware software and keycodes, as well as VMware voucher and training discounts.
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) - $25+/$165+ - Join ISACA - IT Professional - IT Student - IT Educator - Memberships | ISACA - ISACA is for the big boys and cool kids. Those that are certified are typically more tenured higher level IT professionals. You are required to pay your local chapter dues in additional to the association dues, but $25 is fantastic for students. You get access to networking events, continuing education, COBiT access and data, and discounts on their certifications. Even the professional level at $165 pays for itself after 1 exam.
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) - $30/$95 - - ISSA is a great resource for people looking to network or break into the InfoSec world. While not as many tangible benefits as ISACA, at $30 for students and $95 for professionals it is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of chief information security officer challenges.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) - $32/$129 - Types of PMI Memberships | Project Management Institute - PMI is still the gold standard in project management, and the benefits of membership enable you to discounts on their certifications, a free digital edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), discounts on training and resources, and great networking opportunities. If you are pursuing the PMP or Associate of PMP $32 for students and $129 for professionals is a great deal.
  • The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) - $250 - Become a CompTIA Member - CompTIA membership is different from being CompTIA certified. Membership is primarily aimed at companies, but what IT professional isn't a consultant on the side? This year they had a $100 discount on membership for people who signed up to go to their free conference. Not if you actually went, just signed up. At $250 for an individual I am not sure it is as good of a deal, but the perks are Free CompTIA Executive Certifications and training, 80% discount on your first voucher purchase, 15% off every following voucher purchase. (80% off casp+ for $150 and 15% off every other voucher sold me)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - $32/$187 - IEEE - Join IEEE - The IEEE is probably the most important association in the IT industry. Student members get another DreamSpark Premium Account. All members get access to publications, standards, networking, googleapps@IEEE (An email, advertisement free gmail, 30GB of shared storage Google Drive/Gmail), and a tremendous amount of other benefits.
  • VMware User Group (VMUG) - Free/$200 - - VMUG is a great resource for VMware enthusiasts. Membership is free, and includes free access to local conferences, meetups with local chapters, and discounts on elearning books. For $200 you can become an Advantage member which will give you 35% off VMware Lab Connect, 20% off VMware-Delivered Classes, 20% off VMware Certifications, $100 Discount to VMworld, and 50% off VMware Fusion and Workstation Licenses. In the spring and summer to generate memberships they like to include a free VMware voucher (Which makes it a no brainer).
  • Help Desk Institute (HDI) - $35/$165 - - HDI membership offers discounts on their certifications and training, as well as access to white papers and networking events. At $35 for students you will immediately recoup the membership on the first exam you take.
  • ASIS International - $25/$215 - - ASIS International is another specialized higher end security education and certification firm. Membership benefits include discounts on exams and education materials.
Third Party Transferable Certifications

Cisco TAC Engineer disgusted at the level of cheating in Exams Sun, 10 Feb 2019 02:57:22 +0000 General Certification throwawaytoday 134871@/discussions
I've created a throwaway account because I want to protect my identify of my main account. I work in the Cisco TAC, I've worked here for now 24 months and I've become absolutely disillusioned at the number of my colleagues who are cheating on either the CCNA, CCNP or CCIE (Written & Lab). I thought that working at a vendor there would be some type of pride to the company and the brand, that cheating would be a dirty word. After I became friends with most of the people I work with I found that cheating is absolutely rife in the TAC culture. Not only is pirated INE content freely passed around, single accounts are used for many staff which breaks the terms of most training vendors contracts. Many of the staff internally are paying upwards or $3,000 for high quality dumped material. Training for the exam is literally a chore of rehearing the **** over and over until it becomes second nature. 

Every time I mentioned to my colleagues I'm looking at progressing onto a new certification (legitimately), I'm bombarded with requests if I want a copy of their "dumped" content a request I always deny. I'm not sure if the issue is systemic or not, but most of the managers appear to be oblivious, some seem to be savvy to this as sometimes someone will rack up a few CCIEs from unrelated tracks in a short time and a comment will be made at the speed of their conquests. But for the most part the managers of the TAC Engineers appear complacent as one of their performance indicators as a team is to have more CCIEs on staff.

This is really disappointing to me and actually makes it harder to find the motivation to the pursue these certification or at the very least obtain them and move far away from Cisco. I'm disappointing at Cisco Learning for not catching a single one of these Engineers especially those who are able to knock out a few different tracks in quick succession. 

FYI: There is a $10k bonus for each CCIE obtained 

Does anyone have thoughts on this?]]>
List of Proctored Online Exams Available from Home/Office Sat, 08 Dec 2018 06:33:02 +0000 General Certification haku 134367@/discussions 2) CompTIA
3) EC-Council

Note: Cisco ccna ccnp are not available via proctored online home/office
Please add up on the list guys if you guys have some information about other vendors.]]>
Shall I cancel my SANS Malware Course and do the GCIH one instead? Sat, 26 Jan 2019 17:38:28 +0000 General Certification CyberCop123 134746@/discussions FOR610 - Reverse Engineering Malware in a few months with Sans.  This could in theory lead to the GREM certification. 

However, I am not sure whether I should instead do the GCIH course instead which is the SEC504 - Hacker Techniques

The reason being is that I see tons of jobs asking for GCIH but none asking for GREM.  

However I know that Malware is quite a specialist area and companies struggle to recruit those with experience/training and knowledge of reverse engineering.

Any thoughts?]]>
Do any of you maintain your lower certifications once you pass higher level certs? Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:27:04 +0000 General Certification robotdelivery 134427@/discussions I now find myself paying annual fees to (ISC)2, ISACA, EC-Council, and CompTIA. I plan to maintain my CRISC, CISSP and my CEH, but I am considering dropping my CompTIA certs (e.g. Sec+, Net+, Linux+, Project+) and my (ISC)2 SSCP.

Is there really any use to maintaining lower level certs once higher level certs have been attained?
Certification Order Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:00:57 +0000 General Certification AtlasSolutionsPlus 134075@/discussions Something for veterans Tue, 08 Jan 2019 03:10:11 +0000 General Certification kaiju 134599@/discussions onward2opportunity. They also offer Sec+, A+, Linux+, CISSP, CCENT and more.

tufin training Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:47:12 +0000 General Certification TechGromit 134839@/discussions ]]> Home vs Test Center Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:19:37 +0000 General Certification Echo64 134824@/discussions
Does anyone have any recommendations or tips on how to improve the environment or how to focus more from home?
Having doubts on CCNP R&S Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:29:29 +0000 General Certification thedudeabides 134815@/discussions HDI and ITIL Study Materials Fri, 01 Feb 2019 02:17:12 +0000 General Certification tjb122982 134791@/discussions Passed the TOGAF 9 exam today Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:22:02 +0000 General Certification ecuison 134067@/discussions Ready for CCNP Route exam? Mon, 21 Jan 2019 22:22:13 +0000 General Certification pujan96 134703@/discussions
was looking for some feedback on how long it took for people to study the ccnp route material, and how they new they were ready?

Ordering of certificates on CV for IT Managerial positions Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:14:20 +0000 General Certification espana23 134631@/discussions
I have the following certifications: ITIL, CEH, VCP5 and CCNA. I am looking to advance my career and looking for IT Manager type of job opportunities. I want to put these certificates on my CV in an order from the most valuable to least valuable for the type of positions I am looking for. What do you guys think the best order would be in the eyes of recruiters?

Thank you.

IoT Certifications? Thu, 10 Jan 2019 03:31:54 +0000 General Certification DatabaseHead 134615@/discussions
COBIT 5 Foundation Certification Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:49:38 +0000 General Certification renesa05 117320@/discussions
I am looking for some information regarding COBIT 5 Foundation Certification.

The study guide ISACA mentions in their website is "COBIT 5: a business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT" and the book I see is only 98 pages. I am a bit confused whether this is the only book to study.

If someone who passed the foundation exam can help me out with this and any other study guides it will be a great help for me.
And also how difficult is the exam compare to other foundation level exam like ITIL foundation.

Thank you.


Microsoft Academic pricing for certification question Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:25:58 +0000 General Certification ssnyderu2 134506@/discussions ITProTV Mon, 05 Nov 2018 23:43:03 +0000 General Certification bowmatty 134069@/discussions

Anyone else ITProTV, how do you find it?]]>
A lot of aggro from coworkers after getting certification Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:59:39 +0000 General Certification NoNameNoob 133200@/discussions Training for employee's Fri, 21 Dec 2018 18:44:21 +0000 General Certification Rosco2382 134481@/discussions
Certification Goals for 2018 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:02:47 +0000 General Certification chrisone 130416@/discussions
Here is my list.

Certifications: eCPPT, OSCP
Training/Courses: Silent Break Security - DSO2, SpecterOps - Adversary Tactics: Red Team Operations or Active Directory.
Self Taught/Improvement: Python, Powershell

As always subject to change icon_thumright.gif]]>
Information Security..begining... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:38:07 +0000 General Certification kosta-k 134397@/discussions Im beginner in the infosec world and planning to learn information security and thinking of learning the following way:
1) Security+
2) CCNA Cyber Ops 
3) CEH...
is this right way to start from zero and move to more advanced topics?
what else can be added here?

Holiday discount on Boson... Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:08:19 +0000 General Certification Rinzler 134318@/discussions

Which Sans Course and certification from these two?! Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:43:30 +0000 General Certification CyberCop123 134317@/discussions GREM - which is the reverse malware engineering, a topic I am very interested in and a really unique/niche area.  

The other two options are as follows: 

OPTION 1)  SANS FOR572 - Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis and Incident Response

GNFA certification : GIAC Network Forensic Analyst

  • I do digital forensics at the minute but not much networking stuff
  • I do some incident response but I am law enforcement so most of it is just asking companies for data ... it would be good to do it myself and learn more
  • I don't do any threat hunting but I am really interested in this area

OPTION 2)  SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking
GXPN certification - Exploit researcher and advanced penetration tester

  • I am reluctant about this as I think I would find it very difficult (I'm not against working hard but genuinely not sure if it's beyond my abilities)
  • Also I'm not really interested in being a pen tester ... it's a very niche area and I'm not sure if it's that beneficial given
  • However, it may be fit in well with my OSCP and help build on some of my knowledge I have got from that 

Any thoughts?