What to go for next???

mweaver84mweaver84 Member Posts: 44 ■■■□□□□□□□
Little Background: In 2011 I graduated with a Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems and right after I graduated I got my A+. Since then I have been working level 1 helpdesk (little over 2 years now). I recently have been studying for my Network+ and am taking the exam this Friday.

What I want to get into is Network Security. To do this, I'm assuming that I first would have to move my way up the help desk ladder to a System Administor role, then Networking position, then Network Security.

So right now I am debating if I should go for MCSA: Windows 7 certification then CCENT or go right into the CCENT then CCNA Security? icon_scratch.gif


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    the_hutchthe_hutch Banned Posts: 827
    If you are wanting to do network security, I'd recommend the Cisco track over Microsoft.
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    clarknovaclarknova Member Posts: 51 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Agreed - although CCNA is a pre-req for CCNA Security I believe. Unless this has changed with the recent Cisco update.
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    DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    CCNA is no longer a pre-req for CCNA Sec as per the new version just released.
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    bigmantenorbigmantenor Member Posts: 233
    I personally don't see System Admin as a necessary step towards a Network Security position. It would not HURT you, but it would probably delay your entry to the field. I think going for the CCNA is wise advice. With you CCNA and your IT help desk experience, you could probably get a job in a Datacenter or NOC doing something more networking-related, which would be a faster entry point to Network Security than going SA. I personally work in Network Security, and while I do see traffic involving servers on a daily basis, it is much more useful to me to have a wide range of knowledge regarding firewalls, proxies, routers, etc. Again, not a bash at all on going SA first; just saying it's not necessarily a must.
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