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What to study after A+

Discussion in 'A+' started by Stephen02, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Stephen02

    Stephen02 Bit Poster

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    Hi guys, still waiting on my books to be re-delivered from amazon after they sent me an empty package.A colleague that works with my mum, He's in the IT department was saying that after I do the A+ it would be a good idea to study Security + before the N+.

    Would you guys agree that studying Security+ after the A+ is a smart way to go?

    Thanks for any help.
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    I'd say that N+ was the better one to go for next. It covers the fundamentals of networking.

    Security+ depends on a knowledge of networking in part.

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Do you have a couple of years experience securing networks? Because that's CompTIA's recommendation. Although I believe their estimate to be a little over-the-top, you should have at least a *little* real-world experience with securing a network before pursuing Security+. Therefore, like Harry, I also think you should pursue Network+.
     
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  4. Duelist

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    I just passed my A+, and I've started studying for the N+, like "hbroomhall" said in a previous post, Security+ covers securing a network. It would be good idea to go for the N+ as it covers networking fundamentals.
     
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  5. Stephen02

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    Thanks guy's, Will do the N+ after the A+. I have some experience with networks but only in a personal sense of building one at my home. Will do A+ followed by N+ then Security+

    Appreciate the help guys.
     
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    WIP: A+ and N+
  6. disarm

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    Network+
     
  7. disarm

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    I would even consider Server+ over Security+ as a lot of positions (even entry level) require basic AD/Server 2003 knowledge. I may be wrong, but I'm not sure how much Security+ will help anyone with employment or how well known the certification is on the whole.
     
  8. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    The natural next progression should be Server+ and then N+, as the server cert would give you a basic to intermediate knowledge on active directory infrastructure, DNS and DHCP etc.
     
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  9. Markyboyt

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    That could tick a few boxes that seem to be lacking in my job search.
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    I wouldn't let an entry-level tech on a server... and that's how most businesses think as well. :biggrin
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!

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