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CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) offers a variety of vendor-neutral technology certifications, at both entry and intermediate levels. Many IT professionals begin their IT careers by getting one or more of the CompTIA certifications, including Strata (basic PC installation and maintenance), A+ (computer hardware skills), Network+ (network technology), Security+ (network and computer security), Server+ (server management), and RFID+ (radio frequency identification technology). See the objectives for these exams and all CompTIA exams.

Pearson IT Certification is a CompTIA Platinum Partner and a leader in providing flexible learning options, no matter your preferred learning style. We have print books, eBooks, practice test software, and video tutorials. In addition to study guides, we also offer free resources to help you prepare for and pass the exam, including exam profiles, articles and webcasts. These resources for each exam can be found in our resource centers: A+ Resources, Network+ Resources, and Security+ Resources.


Anthony Sequeira

In this chapter from CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Quick Reference, Anthony Sequeira discusses various WAN technologies, such as fiber, satellite, broadband cable, and WiMAX.

Keith Barker

When you're working toward CompTIA Network+ certification, there is no such thing as being too prepared. Keith Barker, co-author of CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide, discusses how to get ready for exam day. Which topics require the most focus? What are the test questions like? This profile provides the details you need, including suggestions on books to read and how to practice for the test.

This chapter from CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) CAS-002 Cert Guide covers secure data flows to meet changing business needs, standards, interoperability issues, technical deployment models, logical deployment diagram and corresponding physical deployment diagram of all relevant devices, secure infrastructure design, storage Integration, and enterprise application integration enablers.

Many modern networks contain a daunting number of devices, and it is your job to understand the function of each device and how they work with one another. This chapter from CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide covers characteristics of media types, infrastructure components, and specialized network devices.

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Ed Tittel

Earlier this month, I blogged about the upcoming release of a Cert Guide for the LPIC-1/Linux+ exams. Today, I'm pleased to inform my readers that Pearson IT Certification will be adding a complete video course on the same subject matter to its arsenal of prep materials on this subject matter -- and somewhat sooner, to boot. In fact, the video course will make its debut next week on October 5, 2015, while the book will become available on November 18, about five weeks thereafter.

Ed Tittel

In August 2015, representatives of the United States Department of Defense (aka DoD, pronounced "Dee-oh-Dee") signed the 8140 directive. It replaces the now-outmoded (but not forgotten, for reasons I'll explain soon) 8570 directive. Both 8570 and 8140 require DoD personnel and contractors to obtain certifications in their work area specializations, particulary for IT-related job roles. This means that active duty military and DoD civilians who work in and around IT must obtain a variety of security credentials based on NIST's definition for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (aka NICE). The devil, as always, is in the details, so let's look at some of them more closely.

Ed Tittel

Writing cert prep materials is an interesting and occasionally exhausting vocation, especially in today's era of releases on rapid cadences, and on an ever-shifting and -changing certification landscape. That probably helps to explain why the Cert Guide for exams LX0-103 & -104 (CompTIA) and 101-400 and 102-400 (LPI-C) is soon to be available, even though the updated exams went live at the end of March, 2015. Look for this new book to become available online and in bookstores by mid-November. Here's a preview of its contents, and a link to those interested in pre-ordering the title.

Ed Tittel

In late June, CompTIA announced the opening of a vendor-neutral IT careers portal named "Skillsboost" that targets parents, teachers, and students. The goal of the site is to provide one-stop online resource for IT careers and training information aimed at secondary (high school) and post-secondary (trade school, community college, university) students interested in what the organization describes as "a vocational route into the IT industry," with special emphasis on hands-on IT training and apprenticeships.

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