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Studying for the Network+ exam

My thoughts and plans on studying for the CompTIA Network+ exam.

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.

The timeframe

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 ūüėČ

Overview 

Network Concepts

  • Port & Protocols
  • The OSI Model
  • Routing & Switching
  • Network Addressing
  • Network Topologies
  • Wireless Technologies
  • Cloud Technologies

Network Infrastructure

  • Cabling
  • Network Devices
  • Advanced Networking Devices
  • Virtualization
  • WAN Technologies

Network Operations

  • Documentation
  • Business Continuity
  • Network Monitoring
  • Remote Access
  • Best Practises

Network Security

  • Physical Security
  • Access Control
  • Wireless Network Security
  • Network Attacks
  • Device Hardening
  • Mitigation

Network Troubleshooting

  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Tools
  • Software Tools
  • Wired Network Troubleshooting
  • Wireless Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Service Troubleshooting

Final thoughts

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”.