Network+ Certified!

Well, I am now glad to report that I am also Network+ certified!  I went to go take the test on Monday this week, and I did pretty well.

It was interesting comparing this test to the Security+.  In the Security+, I was able to take the whole test, just blow right through it and do really well.  On the Network+, the first 10 questions I had were the toughest.  My first thought was, “Wow, I had really studied, and I knew all the material, what’s going on?  This is going to be close.”.  But after the first 10, I pretty much just got into a groove and was able to go through the rest of the test with no issues.

So, now I’m taking a break.  But, I have a feeling at the end of this first week, I’m just going to get started studying for my next certification.

Next up… Certified Ethical Hacker

My future plans…

I’ve had some time now since I’ve been Security+ certified, and I’ve been trying to think about the next steps that I am going to take.  Largely, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on what it is that I want to do specifically with IT in the future.  I know that I want to do something relating to security within IT.  A dream job would be part of a company or owning my own that was involved in penetration testing and IT/Network/Business security auditing.

Knowing this, I’ve been trying to plan what certifications might help provide a good demonstration of my background knowledge that would be applicable to the job.  First things first, I am going to get my Network+ before the end of the year.  After taking the Security+, the Network+ does seem to be very similar.  I’ve taken a practice test and it seems the only area that I am specifically need to work on is knowing the protocols for routing.  Once I get this information down, I don’t think there should be a reason that I can’t pass it fairly quickly.

Once I have this, I am going to start studying for the CEH certification (Certified Ethical Hacker).  I’ve come from a background in security, as it has always been something that I have been interested in.  I’ve briefly looked over the certification and it seems that it is a lot of things that I already have had some exposure to.  I do not think that this would be a significant challenge to learn.

Finally, once I have received all the previous certifications, my big certification that I want to go after is the CISSP.  This is the big security certification that you can get.  Having this would provide major credibility to myself, and it is something that I really want to get.  I think I will look into taking a class, along with some book studying as well.  This is very in depth about all formats of security, and would definitely require a good amount of knowledge.  However, since it is something I am very interested in, I have no doubt that I will be able to become CISSP certified.