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CCNA Concentration

Posted by bfindarto on August 22, 2008

According to Cisco literature, Cisco announced three new Associate-level concentrations that are relevant, role-based, and designed with the growing knowledge requirements of IT professionals and organizations in mind. These highly specialized associate-level concentrations represent areas of rapid development in technology convergence that makes up today’s sophisticated network environments and also offer a career stepping stone to the professional-level credentials.

The three CCNA concentration certification are:

  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Voice
  • CCNA Wireless

All of those three concentration certification require you to have CCNA.

CCNA Security Certification
Exam Code: 640-553 IINS: Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)

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 Voice Certification
Exam Code: 640-460 IIUC: Implementing Cisco IOS Unified Communications (IIUC v1.0)

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 Wireless Certification
Exam Code: 640-721 IUWNE: Implementing Unified Wireless Networking Essentials (IUWNE v1.0)

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.

All of these three CCNA concetration certification are valid for three years. To recertify, Pass any current CCNA concentration exam (wireless, security, voice) OR pass a current 642 professional exam, OR pass the current CCIE written exam or the current CCDE written exam.

Source: Cisco, and other links.

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