As a network engineer, I know the importance of keeping my skills up to date, which is why I decided to pursue the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. I thought it would be a breeze, but boy was I wrong. After failing the test, I was ready to give up, but I didn't. Instead, I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and got back to studying.

One of the things that helped me was taking a closer look at the old CCNA exam book that tripped me up. It was massive, and I realized that it was a combination of two different exams: 100-105 and 200-125. With the introduction of new technology, Cisco combined the two exams into one, but it was still a lot of material to cover. I needed a new approach, and that's when I turned to a newer study guide that combined the old material with the new.

This new approach allowed me to understand the difference between routing and switching and security, wireless, and automation. It also helped me to focus on the areas that mattered the most for the new exam. I was able to pass, but I was disappointed that Cisco no longer provides scores for the exam. Instead, they break down the different areas that you did well in, which can be both helpful and frustrating.

Looking ahead, I know that I want to focus more on security. My goal is to pursue the Security+ certification and then move on to CCNP Security. I think this will give me the knowledge and skills I need to take my IT career to the next level.

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As I mentioned earlier, my main focus is cybersecurity. I believe that everything should be made cyber from this point on. However, I want to clear up a misconception that these tests are very difficult. They are not as hard as they used to be. So if anyone tells you that you can't do it, don't believe them. You can do it, and it's just a lot of information to process.

Some people mistake Cisco for programming, but that's not entirely accurate. Cisco deals with routers, switches, and commands, and while there is some programming involved, it's not the main focus. DevNet, on the other hand, is more focused on networking and programming.

I'm sharing this with you because I believe that there are many misconceptions about cybersecurity and networking. It's important to clarify these misunderstandings and provide accurate information. As an engineer, I take pride in sharing my knowledge and experience with others.


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