Cisco Press has released new print and electronic versions of their exam guides and learning tools to prepare candidates for the new CCNA concentrations. These new concentrations include CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless and CCNA Voice.
Cisco introduced three concentrations to the popular associate-level career certification, CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice. These highly specialized concentrations offer candidates a specialty niche to help in their career path.
These certifications will add specific expertise to your Cisco certification portfolio.
“The introduction of these three new CCNA-level certification tracks is the most exciting development in the Cisco certification space since the original routing and switching CCNA certification was launched 10 years ago,” said Brett Bartow, Cisco Press executive editor. “These three new tracks provide a much needed stepping stone for networking professionals looking to specialize in the fast growing security, voice, and wireless fields and should prove to be extremely popular and valuable credentials.”
CCNA Voice Certification
This certification validates voice application skills such as VoIP infrastructure, call manager software, video and presence, and IP Communications hardware.
The Cisco® CCNA Voice certification confirms that you have the required skill set for specialized job roles in voice technologies such as voice technologies administrator, voice engineer, and voice manager. It validates skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions. Candidates also get exposure to the Cisco Unified Communications architecture and design covering mobility, presence, and TelePresence applications.
The CCNA Voice Certification enables employers to validate that their staff possess a strong foundation in voice applications and infrastructure concepts; and are capable of performing baseline installation, operating, and maintenance tasks on Cisco VoIP solutions, particularly the Smart Business Communications System from 8-250 lines.
CCNA Security Certification
This certification validates monitoring skills of network devices, installation, troubleshooting and more.
CCNA Security Certification meets the needs of IT professionals who are responsible for network security. It confirms an individual’s skills for job roles such as Network Security Specialists, Security Administrators, and Network Security Support Engineers. This certification validates skills including installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure.
Students completing the recommended Cisco training will gain an introduction to core security technologies as well as how to develop security policies and mitigate risks. IT organizations that employ CCNA Security-holders will have IT staff that can develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.
CCNA Wireless Certification
This certification validates skills in implementation, support and configuration of Cisco wireless LANs.
CCNA Wireless recognizes the critical importance of professionals supporting wireless LANS including Networking Associates/Administrators, Wireless Support Specialists and WLAN project managers.
The CCNA Wireless Certification validates candidate’s skills in the configuration, implementation and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. Students completing the recommended Cisco training are provided with information and practice activities to prepare them for, configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting basic tasks of a Cisco WLAN in SMB and Enterprise networks. Employers will be able to validate their staff have the skills needed for basic wireless networking on a Cisco WLAN in SMB and enterprise networks after completing certification.
CCNA Voice – visit the CCNA Voice career certification path web site.
CCNA Security – visit the CCNA Security career certification path web site.
CCNA Wireless – visit the CCNA Wireless career certification path web site.
For information on other Cisco certifications visit their IT Certification and Career Paths web site.