Just passed CCNA today!!!!

flt0nujrflt0nujr Member Posts: 65 ■■□□□□□□□□
It's been a long time coming, but I finally cleared the hurdle. I used the following study materials:

1) CBT Nuggets (ICND1 and ICND2)
2) Cisco Press (Read chapters I was lacking in) answered questions
3) Train Signal

I just went over the questions over and over again while looked over videos. It also helps that I recently sat for the ICND2 back in February and failed it. I then quickly jump back into my studies and went into battle-mode that just raised my intensity. I'm now prepping for the CCNA Security, and then decide wether to go after Check Point or tackle the CCNP Security route. Not really seeing a lot desire within job ads, or Dice for the CCNP Security. Everyone seems to want CISSP's, CISA's, CCIE's...etc

Please offer any advice you can for the following job role's:

Network Security Engineer (mixed in with some F5 Load Balancing)
Security Analyst (same as above but with some VCP)
B.S Information Technology Telecommunications
A.S Network Server Administration
M.S Information Security Management (expected 2014-2015)


  • BobNakamuraBobNakamura Member Posts: 37 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Goals for 2013
    - Get into a Computer Engineering program for university [✓]
    - Earn my CCNA Certification [✓]
    - Earn my CompTIA A+ Certification [ ]
    And then I will decide what to do from there...
  • SomnipotentSomnipotent Member Posts: 384
    Congrats on the pass!!

    Per my senior security engineers from my SOC: "Cisco ASAs are CRAP". They tend to prefer Juniper. Not to discount CCNP Security by any means, just repeating the words of some of those who have been in the industry for quite sometime.
    Reading: Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (D. Comer)
  • jamthatjamthat Member Posts: 303 ■■■□□□□□□□
  • HailHogwashHailHogwash Member Posts: 87 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats!!! Hoping to pass composite in the next month.
  • flt0nujrflt0nujr Member Posts: 65 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Somnipotent, thanks for the heads up in regards to Cisco ASA's. I've looked through some of the forums here and realized that Juniper is more preferred in terms of its OS. I've been thinking about checkpoint (Firewall) and JNCIA & Jncias to round it out.
    B.S Information Technology Telecommunications
    A.S Network Server Administration
    M.S Information Security Management (expected 2014-2015)
  • kevin31kevin31 Member Posts: 154
    Congratualtions great job!

    How long it take you?

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  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Member Posts: 844
    Keep up the good work.
  • nXPLOSinXPLOSi Member Posts: 66 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass! icon_cool.gif
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  • flt0nujrflt0nujr Member Posts: 65 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I finished within an hour and change.
    B.S Information Technology Telecommunications
    A.S Network Server Administration
    M.S Information Security Management (expected 2014-2015)
  • webgeekwebgeek Member Posts: 495
    Congrats! icon_cheers.gif
    BS in IT: Information Assurance and Security (Capella) ETA 2013/Early 2014
    2013 Goals: CISSP [:cheers:] ITIL Foundations [ ] Project+ [ ] Linux+ [ ] CCNA (Maybe) [ ]
  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Member Posts: 1,210
    Congrats!You don't have to worry about the new version of the exam than!
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  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif

    Nice avatar as well Metal Gear Rising is one of the best games easily so far in 2013!!
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  • YFZbluYFZblu Member Posts: 1,462 ■■■■■■■■□□
    My take:

    Security Engineering: Configuring/managing/troubleshooting security devices and solutions: AV, SIEM, Firewalls, proxies, IDS/IPS, etc.

    Security Analyst: Responding to the alerts provided by the security devices above. This is what I currently do and I deal with the client/server model moreso than the network layer. Heavy emphasis on TCP/IP, how devices communicate, etc. I got my CCNA and CCNA: Security, neither of which really prepared me for this position.

    I do think CheckPoint would be a good move for you if you want to work on the engineering side of things.
  • d6bmgd6bmg Member Posts: 241
    Congrats on your pass!
    [ ]CCDA; [ ] CCNA Security
  • Ltat42aLtat42a Member Posts: 587 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nice job, congrats!
  • mdominomdomino Member Posts: 81 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats! Hopefully we can do the CCNA secret handshake soon, taking my ICND2 in a couple weeks I hope.
  • ResevenReseven Member Posts: 237 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nicely done.
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