I want to take a moment to welcome you to the new home of Ayares Tech, and explain a little about what you can expect to find here.
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Ryan Ayares. I’ve been working in IT in some form or another for close to 15 years now. In that time, I’ve done desktop support, small office/home office networking, some programming in QBasic, C++, Visual Basic, as well as PHP, and HTML. I’m also very much a person who enjoys tinkering and learning, and that has led me to experimenting with lots of odds and ends related to IT and electronics, and led to some interesting project engagements.
Over the past 12 years, I have been studying Cisco networking, and that is what you can expect this blog to focus on. I intend to cover a wide range of topics, though all related to Cisco in some form or another. I’ll be covering exam preparation, how to setup a lab environment you can use in your studies, changes to the exam blueprints, new technology being implemented by Cisco, security concerns, and all the topics you’ll need to master in order to get certified. This includes SUBNETTING. Subnetting is something a lot of people struggle to grasp, and I have a pretty good handle on it, so I’d like to share that with you.
As far as what I’ll cover as it relates to security, this blog will only focus on network security, and other security concerns relating to Cisco devices and software. I’m putting together another blog which will focus more on malware, viruses, and overall security and best practices as they relate to host systems, servers, software, and end users. I’ll include a post here when that goes online.
Speaking of exam blueprint updates, the CCNA Security exam was just revised to V3. Keep an eye out for a post here soon which will look at the changes from V2 to the new V3. Also, the CCNA Routing and Switching exams (ICND1 and ICND2) are expected to be revised sometime in 2016. This would stick to Cisco’s practice of revisions every 3 years. So I’ll also be writing about what might be added, what could be removed, and of course what actually changes when the revisions are announced.
I’ve also been putting together video training on several topics. So far, I’ve covered how to block pings and ICMP unreachables, and binary math. You can find those posted on Youtube HERE.
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That’s all for now. If there’s anything you’d like to see covered, feel free to comment below.