Network knowledge plays a huge role in Cyber Security.
Knowing about how a network works, what ports are, and how the different protocols come into play, you will be lost.
All Security Experts told me to start with network technology. So that’s what I do!
As I don’t have a background in computer science, I try to get as many certificates as possible under my belt.
When you look into certifications in the IT field, you can’t get past CompTIA. They offer a lot of certificates and are well-liked in the industry.
The CompTIA Network+ is a basic certificate that covers the topics of Network Concepts, Infrastructure, Network Operations, and Security.
Sometimes you just have to get through it
I have to admit, simply studying Network stuff is not my idea of fun. I have to pull myself up to do it.
Don’t get me wrong, nearly everything I learn helps me in one way or another understanding other topics or in CTF’s.
But learning the pure theory can be a little boring.
That is another reason for me getting the certificate. This way I have a goal I’m learning towards and that keeps me motivated.
My Study Material
CompTIA offers a lot of preparation materials, books, and courses. They also have labs where you can practice the practical aspects of the exam objectives.
I going to start with free study material to learn the basics before deciding what books or training I need to buy.
While looking for information about networks I stumbled upon Professor Messer. This man rocks!
He has tons (and I mean TONS) of videos and other stuff for CompTIA courses, including the Network+.
He makes awesome and so easy to understand videos about all the important topics. And although I learn better when reading, I decided to start with his video series.
The video series for the Network+ is nearly 13 hours long, split into little videos of a few minutes up to 20 minutes. Easy to digest and to understand.
Edit: Additionally I found another video course on LinkedIn from Mike Meyer. Right now I watch both. As I have no other study materials I feel better prepared this way.
Next to the videos, Google is my best friend (as usual).
While watching the videos, if something comes up I don’t understand I look it up.
I am not good with strict schedules. So my study schedule is more of a loose suggestion with a deadline to ensure that I am not totally lagging behind.
My goal is to take the exam between Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year.
Remember I am a total noob.
Let’s see if I can meet my deadline 😉
- Port & Protocols
- The OSI Model
- Routing & Switching
- Network Addressing
- Network Topologies
- Wireless Technologies
- Cloud Technologies
- Network Devices
- Advanced Networking Devices
- WAN Technologies
- Business Continuity
- Network Monitoring
- Remote Access
- Best Practises
- Physical Security
- Access Control
- Wireless Network Security
- Network Attacks
- Device Hardening
- Network Troubleshooting
- Network Tools
- Software Tools
- Wired Network Troubleshooting
- Wireless Network Troubleshooting
- Network Service Troubleshooting
Without further ado, I start my study session now.
Everything else, like maybe a detailed learning schedule, etc. is going to come later when I can better determine how much time I really need to understand all the stuff.
What I already now is, that I want to make an article series about everything I learned. Maybe you want to follow along?
The first topic will be “Ports and Protocols”.