Today we are going to have sneak peek into networking, guys have been asking me what does it take to be a network engineer. Let’s start by understanding who is a network engineer?

According to SearchNetworking, A network engineer is a technology professional who has the necessary skills to plan, implement and oversee the computer networks that support in-house voice, data, video and wireless network services.  The role of a network engineer include maintaining and administering computer networks and related computing environments including software, hardware, data and their security.

The following certifications are key for one whose focused towards being a network engineer.

1. Cisco CCNA

The Cisco Certified Networking Associate certification is the perfect starting point for emerging network engineers looking to enhance their foundational networking knowledge. Cisco is the most popular vendor specific networking certification. There are many free webistes that offer free CCNA training that can enable one prepare for its exams. It’s contents include installation, configuration, troubleshooting and operating LAN,WAN and dial access services for medium-networks.

In order to earn the official Cisco certification for CCNA, you must take one required exam. There is no set passing score for this exam, as Cisco states that passing scores are set by statistical analysis and subject to change. Test-takers will have 90 minutes to answer 50-60 questions on the mixed-format exam. The exam can be taken at any Pearson VUE testing center globally.

Certifications are valid for three years. Reestablishing your certification status requires certain prerequisites be met. For more information on maintaining the Cisco CCNA certification, visit Cisco’s website.

Other Cisco Certification courses for network engineers include:

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional(CCNP) – this is recommended for those with a few years of networking experience. It covers advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions relevant to both physical and virtual networks.
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) – this is for expert level engineers who plan, operate and troubleshoot complex IT infrastructures.

2. CompTIA Linux Plus

Linux is a flexible, open-source, low-cost platform favored for its ease of use in virtualization and cloud-based applications. More organizations are adopting Linux into their enterprise, and thus the need for certified employees is growing.

Individuals who hold this certification show employers that they demonstrate a critical knowledge of installation, operation, administration and troubleshooting devices. System administrators, junior network administrators, database administrators and web administrators can all benefit from this certification. A certification can definitely provide several new opportunities for growing IT and Cyber Security professionals. The demand for skilled professionals who can help their organization transition to open-source platforms are steadily increasing.

It covers concepts including system configuration, the command line interface, scripting basics, network settings and services and system security that are key to provide technical support, system and network administration.

Part 2 of this article will be out soon!!! Thanks for reading don’t forget to share……..

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