Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Keeping the World Connected with CompTIA Network+

122 views

Published on

In this document:
- Keeping the World Connected with CompTIA Network+
- Measuring CompTIA Network+ Difficulty
- Why Hybrid Testing Approaches Work Best
- Mapping the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

Published in: Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Keeping the World Connected with CompTIA Network+

  1. 1. • Network Architecture: Includes key requirements for building local (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), including connectivity and virtualization. • Network Operations: Covers the tasks and tools required to operate, analyze and maintain a functioning enterprise network. • Network Security: Covers the foundations of network security, such as risks, vulnerabilities and threats, and security practices, such as network- hardening techniques and physical security. • Troubleshooting: The troubleshooting domain covers problems that affect the entire network, such as incorrect gateway configurations, power failures and duplicate IP addresses. • Industry Standards, Practices and Network Theory: Covers network theory, including Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model, encapsulation, media access control and wireless standards. Data networks are more crucial than ever before. They are the lifeline to the critical financial, health care and information services that we all rely on in our day-to-day personal and professional lives. CompTIA Network+ validates the key skills needed to troubleshoot, configure and manage the connections that keep organizations viable. We consult with hundreds of experts to develop the objectives for CompTIA Network+, resulting in a vendor-neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. Last updated in February 2015, the latest version of Network+ reflects the increasing sophistication of core, networking-related technologies and the need for network administrators to master those technologies. This increase in the responsibilities of a network administrator is mirrored in the increased difficulty level of the newest exam. The CompTIA Network+ certification is an internationally recognized validation of the technical knowledge required of IT network practitioners. Successful candidates must be skilled in: Keeping the World Connected with CompTIA Network+ In this document: • Keeping the World Connected with CompTIA Network+ • Measuring CompTIA Network+ Difficulty • Why Hybrid Testing Approaches Work Best • Mapping the NICE Cybersecurity Work- force Framework of the exam objectives require application or analysis of domain knowledge 71% Measuring Network+ Difficulty Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as an organizing principle to discuss the difficulty level of the Network+ exam illustrates the emphasis on the application of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), rather than the simple recall of information. The majority of the exam (71 percent) requires candidates to demonstrate their knowledge at Bloom’s Level 4 (analyze) and above. The table on the following page summarizes the percentage of certification exam objectives that fall into each of Bloom’s level. As a result of the high level of competence individuals need to demonstrate, the exam has a high number of scenario-based/performance based items. These require individuals to weigh several facts and issues and then make an appropriate choice based on the information given. 1
  2. 2. Bloom’s Level and Description Total Network+ Objectives Network Architecture Network Operations Network Security Troubleshooting Industry Standards, Practices and Network Theory Level 1: Remembering/Recalling Information The candidate is able to recall, restate and remember learned information. 2% 8% 0% 0% 0% 0% Level 2: Understanding/Explaining Ideas or Concepts The learner grasps the meaning of information by interpreting and translating what has been learned. 20% 25% 14% 29% 0% 30% Level 3: Applying Knowledge and Skills The learner makes use of information in a new situation from the one in which it was learned. 7% 25% 0% 0% 0% 0% Level 4: Analyzing The learner breaks learned information into parts to best understand that information in an attempt to identify evidence for a conclusion. 14% 8% 0% 43% 0% 20% Level 5: Evaluating The learner makes decisions based on in depth reflection, criticism and assessment. 57% 33% 86% 29% 100% 50% Level 6: Creating The learner creates new ideas and information using what has been previously learned. 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% Network+ Executive Summary Why Hybrid Testing Approaches Work Best Over the past several years, cybersecurity practitioners and educators have debated as to which of the following is more important to validate: 1. An individual’s conceptual knowledge, as validated by “linear” multiple choice items, or 2. Performance associated with a particular job or responsibility, as validated by performance-based items. Advocates for each of these two aspects of validation often hold one of the approaches as superior over the other, with most individuals favoring only performance-based items. CompTIA regards this rift in opinion as a false dilemma. Both domain knowledge expertise and practical skills are absolutely vital and should be a part of any serious competency training and validation process. Both knowledge- and performance-based aspects are necessary for training, and nothing can substitute for hands-on learning. The same principle applies to assessment. This is why CompTIA adopted performance-based items into its certification exams starting in 2011. The following CompTIA exams contain roughly 10 percent performance-based items: On average, it takes a test taker roughly one-third of the examination time to complete these performance- based items. Performance-based items include simulations of technology solutions and story-based items that require advanced cognitive thinking on the part of the successful test taker. A+ | Network+ | Security+ | Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) | CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) 2
  3. 3. Network Operations Specialist (OM-NET-001) CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Description Plans, implements, and operates network services/systems, to include hardware and virtual environments. This exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, configure, and manage common network wireless and wired devices, establish basic network design and connectivity, understand and maintain network documentation, identify network limitations and weaknesses, and implement network security, standards, and protocols. Sample KSA Comparisons Task: T0035 Configure and optimize network hubs, routers, and switches (e.g., higher-level protocols, tunneling). Domain 2.0 Network operations 2.7 Install and configure wireless LAN infrastructure and implement the appropriate technologies in support of wireless capable devices. Domain 4.0 Troubleshooting 4.8 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve common WAN issues. Domain 5.0 Industry standards, practices, and network theory 5.10. Given a scenario, configure and apply the appropriate ports and protocols. Sample KSA Comparisons Knowledge: K0001 Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies. Domain 1.0 Network architecture 1.9 Explain the basics of routing concepts and protocols Domain 3.0 Network security 3.1 Compare and contrast risk related concepts 3.7 Summarize basic forensic concepts Domain 5.0 Industry standards, practices, and network theory 5.2 Explain the basics of network theory and concepts Mapping the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework CompTIA Network+ certification aligns with requirements for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF), draft NIST special publication 800-181, network operations specialist (OM-NET-001). The following comparison of the work role and certification descriptions along with a sample of the KSAs needed to perform the work role reflects the alignment. This mapping is a sample of how CompTIA’s certification standards map to key elements of the NICE framework. Network+ Executive Summary 3
  4. 4. Network Operations Specialist (OM-NET-001) CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Sample KSA Comparisons Skills: S0084 Skill in configuring and utilizing network protection components (e.g., Firewalls, VPNs, network intrusion detection systems). Domain 1.0 Network architecture 1.1 Explain the functions and applications of various network devices 1.2 Compare and contrast the use of networking services and applications Domain 3.0 Network security 3.5 Given a scenario, install and configure a basic firewall Domain 4.0 Troubleshooting 4.7 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve common security issues Sample KSA Comparisons Ability: A0052 Ability to operate network equipment including hubs, routers, switches, bridges, servers, transmission media, and related hardware. Domain 1.0 Network architecture 1.1 Explain the functions and applications of various network devices 1.2 Compare and contrast the use of networking services and applications 1.5 Install and properly terminate various cable types and connectors using appropriate tools Domain 2.0 Network operations 2.6 Given a scenario, configure a switch using proper features 2.7 Install and configure wireless LAN infrastructure and implement the appropriate technologies in support of wireless capable devices Domain 4.0 Troubleshooting 4.6 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve common network issues Domain 5.0 Industry standards, practices, and network theory 5.7 Given a scenario, install and configure equipment in the appropriate location using best practices Network+ Executive Summary LEARN MORE For government inquiries contact: GovernmentSales@CompTIA.org. For corporate inquiries contact: Jennifer Herroon at jherroon@CompTIA.org © 2017 CompTIA Properties, LLC, used under license by CompTIA Certifications, LLC. All rights reserved. All certification programs and education related to such programs are operated exclusively by CompTIA Certifications, LLC. CompTIA is a registered trademark of CompTIA Properties, LLC in the U.S. and internationally. Other brands and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks or service marks of CompTIA Properties, LLC or of their respective owners. Reproduction or dissemination prohibited without written consent of CompTIA Properties, LLC. Printed in the U.S. 03724-Apr2017 4

×