Monthly Archives: January 2015

Promo Parade: Don’t Miss These Offers!

exam preparation, promo code, discount, special offers As January is almost over, it’s time to gear up on your exam preparation. It may be easier said than done, but with some promos and incentives being available this week, your motivation is about to go up! We’ve looked around and found some awesome discounts for you. Enjoy:

  • 35% discount for ExamCollection Premium VCEs: Use Promo code  SUPERSAVE for a 35% discount! Expires Sunday, February 1.
  • 35% discount for VCE Exam Simulator software at Avanset. Use code SAVE35NOW, which expires on Sunday, February 1.
  • 15% discount on Red Hat courses or exams.  Until February 28, register for 2 courses or exams for yourself, or 1 course each for you and a friend. Applies for courses and course-plus-exam bundles. Use code CERT15YEARS at checkout.
  • Up 50% for Microsoft Press. In case you missed it on the Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Press offers up to 50% discount for its publications in January. You can access the discount on your dashboard. Learn more here.

ISC2 CISSP Exam Gets Major Updates

isc2,  cissp, exam updates, it certification exams, certification, it securityHave you heard that ISC is changing its most famous certification, the CISSP? Effective April 15, 2015, the CISSP exam will be based on a new exam blueprint. While the full blueprint is available for download from the ISC website, here’s a quick list of topics it will cover:

  1. Security and Risk Management (e.g., Security, Risk, Compliance, Law, Regulations, Business Continuity)
  2. Asset Security (Protecting Security of Assets)
  3. Security Engineering (Engineering and Management of Security)
  4. Communication and Network Security (Designing and Protecting Network Security)
  5. Identity and Access Management (Controlling Access and Managing Identity)
  6. Security Assessment and Testing (Designing, Performing, and Analyzing Security Testing)
  7. Security Operations (e.g., Foundational Concepts, Investigations, Incident Management, Disaster Recovery)
  8. Software Development Security (Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing Software Security)

According to ISC, the CISSP exam is being updated to stay relevant amidst the changes occurring in the information security field. Refreshed technical content has been added to the Official (ISC)² CISSP CBK to reflect the most current topics in the information security industry today. Keep in mind that some topics have been expanded (e.g., asset security, security assessment and testing), while other topics have been realigned under different domains. ISC believes that the new CISSP exam will better reflect the technical and managerial competence required from an experienced information security professional to effectively design, engineer, implement and manage an organization’s information security program within an ever-changing security landscape.

Although the blueprint has gone down from 10 domains to 8, don’t be tricked into thinking that the exam has gotten easier – it’s not. The topics have been rearranged and refreshed, and the amount of information candidates should be proficient with has actually increased, not decreased.

The CISSP exam tests one’s competence in information security and  the (ISC)²® common body of knowledge (CBK®), which cover critical topics in security today, including risk management, cloud computing, mobile security, application development security and more. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of paid full-time work experience in 2 of the 10 domains. This vast breadth of knowledge and the experience it takes to pass the exam is what sets the CISSP apart. CISSP certification makes holders eligible for job functions like security consultant, security analyst, IT director, Chief Information Security Officer, and many more. CISSP certification is associated with some of the highest salaries in IT industry.

The New CCNP Routing and Switching is Coming

ccnp routing and switching, ccnp security, video, voice, cisco, it certification, exam updates, new examOut with the old CCNP Routing and Switching, in with the new’ probably thought Cisco of 2015 and decided to update this coveted certification this January. The decision, certainly was made earlier and announced last summer, with the certification being fully updated on January 29, 2015. On this date, the current Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching certification exams (642-902 ROUTE, 642-813 SWITCH, and 642-832 TSHOOT) will retire on January 29, 2015. Beginning January 30, 2015, you will be able to register only for the CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 certification exams (300-101 ROUTE, 300-115 SWITCH, and 300-135 TSHOOT. For the past 6 months, the candidates have been able to mix and match the old and the new versions of the three exams (and still have 3 weeks to do it).

So what’s in the new CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0?

The new CCNP Routing and Switching targets to provide candidates with more current topics and forward-looking approaches. For example, it pays close attention to how IPv6 addresses workforce mobility and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices. The refreshed exams also include network scale support and accommodating the continued growth of IoT (Internet of Things, see below).

The refreshed CCNP R&S validates that you have the skills to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot complex network solutions The new CCNP Routing and Switching exams are:

  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (300-101)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (300-115)
  • Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (300-135)

Overall, Cisco is stepping up the level of CCNP Routing and Switching credential, bringing it closer to the expert level, as well as other CCNP certifications. CCNP R&S updates have been long overdue, so now CCNP Routing and Switching has been brought up to the same level with other CCNP-level credentials, such as Data Center, Security and Voice.

The new CCNP Routing and Switching 2.0 curriculum emphasizes IPv6, including running dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Cisco believes that since the IPv6 demand will keep growing, needs to be matched accordingly. There is also a strengthening emphasis on the Internet of things (IoT) that exists in the form of manufacturing sensors, household gadgets, and other devices that require network connection.

In the new version of CCNP Routing and Switching, Cisco requires candidates to be proficient in StackWise and Virtual Switching Service (VSS) technologies. Both are used to make multiple physical switches behave like a single switch, but there are a number of design considerations and implementation details that impact their behavior in production networks.

Another thing to keep in mind while looking at the new version of CCNP Routing and Switching certification is DMVPN (Dynamic multipoint virtual private network). This technology creates an overlay of secure tunnels across public or leased networks, and it has also been added to the CCNP Routing & Switching track.

So if you’re toying with the idea of adding the CCNP Routing and Switching credential to your professional profile, you should definitely focus on the Version 2.0. for all (ROUTE, SWITCH, TSHOOT) exams. The blueprints are available here. You may also want to check out our IT certification community to see whether anyone from your fellow Cisco professionals have already taken these new exams. Good luck!

Failed a Microsoft Exam? Your Second Shot is FREE!

microsoft, free exam, special offerHappy 2015! This year has just gotten even better as Microsoft brings back its ‘Second shot’ offer (which we hope you’re not gonna need). From now until the end of May, you can take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) or Microsoft Dynamics exam, and get a free Second Shot if you fail on the first try.

The process of applying for this offer is slightly different that it’s been before – as all Microsoft exams are being transferred to Pearson VUE testing centers. Here are the rules:

  • Take a Microsoft certification exam between January 5, 2015 and May 31, 2015.
  • After your exam, log in to check your personal dashboard at https://www.microsoft.com/learning to verify testing results. Ensure you allow up to 24 hours for results to show up on the dashboard.
  • Failed the exam? All you have to do is select “retake” for your exam within 30 days from your first take.
  • Schedule your retake in a Pearson VUE training center .
  • For complete terms and conditions of this offer, visit the Second Shot page .

Since failing an exam is far from being an uplifting experience, Microsoft makes it a bit easier since at least you won’t be at a loss financially. But, as nice as the ‘Second Shot’ offer is, be sure to visit ExamCollection for latest Microsoft practice exams and Premium VCE subscriptions to ensure you pass your Microsoft certification exam from your first try.