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Time
9 hours 49 minutes
Difficulty
Beginner
CEU/CPE
8
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>> Hi everybody.
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Welcome to Network Plus from Cybrary.
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My name is Kelly Handerhan,
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and I'm glad you're here.
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I just wanted to let
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you know a little bit about the Net+ exam.
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I am the course developer and
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I've spent many years in the IT field.
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I have certification in Security+ and of course Net+.
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Also some project management certifications and
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some other IT security certifications as well.
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I've developed the content.
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We do have a wonderful voiceover artist.
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Her name is Ebie Prideaux,
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who will be doing
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the voiceover for majority of the class,
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but I'll be in and out as well too.
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Now, in this particular video,
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we're going to talk about the Net+ exam.
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We'll start off by talking about
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the target audience who should be here.
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There has been a revision.
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We'll talk about some of the changes to the Net+ exam,
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the details and prerequisites,
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and then I'm going to give you a course
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outline so you know what's ahead of you.
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If I talk about the target audience,
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Net+ is a great one for career changers,
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for folks that have been maybe
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in another line of business or
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in another field that are looking
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to make a change over to IT.
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This is a great class because what it's going to do,
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is it's going to lay out networking
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from an introductory standpoint.
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It's also good for folks that are in
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IT because even though we
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start at the introductory level,
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we pick up steam.
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I've had folks in my classes with years and years of
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experience and it's pretty
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common for folks that have
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been there for 15 years to say,
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oh, this is a new way of looking at something.
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I think it's one of those rare classes
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that really suits new and old to
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the field and really anybody who's looking to
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just deepen their understanding of networking.
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A lot of times I find that many of us in the field
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know what we know because that's what
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we've done and that's what we needed our job.
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If there's anybody out there just
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looking to fill in the gaps of their knowledge,
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again, I think this is a terrific class.
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Every few years CompTIA updates their exams.
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We're at that time between the '007
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and '008 and you can see the exams,
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the contents for '007 over on the left,
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of course, '008 on the right.
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What you want to notice is that there are
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some cosmetic differences just right off
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the bat so we're no longer calling it network concepts,
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we're calling it network fundamentals.
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Really the change to that domain
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is pretty much as deep as that.
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A few things are shuffled,
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maybe an extra idea here and there,
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but the majority of the content, as you'll notice,
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when we go from infrastructure in
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the old to network implementations in the new,
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the contents of the material 95 percent the same.
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You see the network operations has not been renamed.
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It's still the same topic.
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Network security is still the same.
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The last, this is one of
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the most interesting changes to me
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because in '007 it
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was called network troubleshooting and tools,
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and now in the '008 version
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it's called network troubleshooting.
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Do they not talk about tools?
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No, they still talk about tools.
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It's just interesting sometimes some of
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the adjustments that they
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make when they do these updates.
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I think maybe they wanted a more succinct title,
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but it's still covers the same information,
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the same process of troubleshooting,
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the tools that we've always used.
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What I want you to know is if in the past you've
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studied on some of
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the old curriculum, you're absolutely fine.
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What you're going to see are really additions.
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You're not going to see anything drop off the exam.
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It still has its contents
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there about four things that have been added.
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The first is they've finally given risk management its
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due because risk management is IT security.
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It's probably better to say
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IT security is risk management.
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We look at our assets and figure out what they're worth.
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We look at threats and vulnerabilities,
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and where we have those three together, we have a risk.
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Then we look at probability and
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impact of that risk and try to get a risk value.
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We measure that up against the cost of a countermeasure.
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I feel like any security course
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should have a section on risk management.
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We should be teaching
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risk management because what it helps us
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do is it helps us understand the trade-offs for security.
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Everything that has a benefit
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also has a cost associated with it,
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and so risk management helps us figure
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out how to apply the right amount of security.
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Now, with virtualization,
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we talked about virtualization in the '07 class.
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We're going to enhance that
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a little bit and go just a little bit
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more into security issues with virtualization.
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Same thing with the Cloud.
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We have a previous section on the Cloud,
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but in this new edition,
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they want us to focus a little bit more
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on Cloud security ideas.
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Also, a totally new topic is the CASB,
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and that's Cloud access security brokers.
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This provides a great software tool
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for Cloud clients or customers to
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be able to influence security on
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their Cloud-based resources to get
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monitoring and reporting and all that good stuff,
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so CASB is very
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valid and I'm glad that those are on the exam now.
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Then the last thing is cellular technologies,
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specifically with a focus on 5G,
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how that compares to 4G,
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and not a huge topic on the exam,
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but it's certainly one worth having to update for.
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Now, the exam itself.
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The exam is 90 minutes long
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and you will have no more than 90 questions.
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I know that feels weird, but basically,
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the number of questions that you have is going to vary.
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You'll generally get, I'd say maybe 50,
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55, just multiple choice questions.
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Then they have what are
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referred to as performance-based questions,
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where you will have to do some activity.
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The activity may be is basic,
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is drag-and-drop,
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meaning over on the left side,
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maybe they have the steps to
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the software development life-cycle
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scrambled not in order.
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On the right side, you have to click and
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drag those steps into the proper order.
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That's still considered a performance-based
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question because it's something
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different than multiple choice.
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But you also may have
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simulations where you have to click on servers
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and evaluate their security logs
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or reconfigure interfaces IP address.
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Those are going to be the ones where
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you get a little bit of hands-on.
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Each of the performance-based questions
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has a certain number of questions,
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but they're not all uniform.
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If you get one sim,
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that sim may have seven parts.
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Sometimes we call them simulations,
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so performance-based, sometimes l'll refer to as sims.
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If you get one sim,
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you may have seven questions or seven pieces to it.
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You get another sim,
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you may have three.
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They don't have a hard and fast number
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of questions for the exam,
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but you'll get no more than 90.
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Now, the next question is,
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what are the prerequisites for this course?
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Well, I always like to say anything that you bring
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to the course with
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your past experience is going to be helpful, of course.
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If you have exposure to networking,
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if you've worked in networking,
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there also certain other courses you may have had,
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like introduction to computing type classes.
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The A Plus certification is put out
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by the same organization, CompTIA.
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Sure, that helps as well.
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But I'll tell you that these
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really to me are suggestions.
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They're not hard and fast.
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For me if I had to say what's your prerequisites are,
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would be coming in and being willing to work,
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willing to learn, willing to study outside of class.
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If you look at this prerequisite slide and you say, oh,
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I don't 9-12 months work experience,
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you'll be absolutely fine.
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Now know that may mean you'll
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have to work a little bit harder.
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When we talk about IP addressing,
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it may not make sense the first time
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we go through it, but that's okay.
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That's one of the beauties of
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having these videos is that you can stop,
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you can pause, you can rewind,
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you can hear things again.
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As far as mandatory prerequisites,
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I don't feel like there's anything mandatory.
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It's helpful if you come from the field.
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It's helpful if you've been in another IT class,
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but certainly not necessary.
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Just to let you know
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the modules that we'll be covering in this course.
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Now for Modules 1 through 7,
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these are the standard material
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that's there test after test.
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We always start with fundamentals of networking.
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Then of course, you have to have
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an understanding and even
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more than just a basic understanding of IP addressing,
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and we'll get a little bit deeper there.
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Network infrastructure.
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Infrastructures are looking at
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your devices like switches,
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routers, VLANs, layer three switches
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and the components that allow
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us to have interconnectivity.
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We talk about the virtualization environment
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as well as Cloud computing.
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Then we also cover just a little bit
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of the Internet of things.
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Network operations.
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These are the pieces that we do day
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after day in a network environment,
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so account maintenance, we do incident response.
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We have to plan for disasters and business continuity.
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This is a great section because this will help you a lot.
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After this course,
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if you decide to go into Security+,
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this gives you a great foundation in network security.
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We're going to do some troubleshooting
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and look at some of the tools that we have.
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What we see is a new focus on
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risk management and then some emerging technologies.
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Basically, you need
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a little bit more understanding on virtualization,
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on Cloud computing,
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and then we also cover cellular technology as well.
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Hopefully this gives you a good idea about
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what's going to be covered in the course.
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Like I said, I think it's
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a great foundation on which to build an IT career.
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I hope you enjoy the course and best of luck to you.
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