What’s going on with Network+?
CompTIA has been one of the leading vendors to help emerging IT professionals gain a solid IT foundation to help businesses and organizations strengthen their Networks from malicious activities/vulnerabilities. The ongoing issue with technology is that it exponentially evolves with time and to keep up, CompTIA updates their cert exams every 3 years to better prepare test candidates for new threats and technologies. The new exam will be called Network+ N10-008 which will incorporate new material and put emphasis on concepts relative to current Network trends. In order to complete this CompTIA will gradually transition to their updated Network+ exam and eventually retire their old Network+ N10-007 by 2022
Important details worth noting
The updated exam will have multiple choice questions and include performance-based problems that require the test taker to solve in a simulated environment. The minimum passing score is still 720 points out of a total 900 points. CompTIA Network + is compliant with the ISO 17024 standards and approved by the Department of Defense to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Which means that although the exam changed, employers seeking Junior Network Administrator, Datacenter Support Technician, Network Engineer, System Administrator will be open to applicants that are Network+ certified.
Some important changes CompTIA made relating to the exam domain’s such as including Network architecture to cover the impact of Software Defined Networks on Networks. When given a scenario apply Network hardening techniques to avoid unintended data breaches through vulnerable IoT devices or Wireless Access Points. Below is a general overview of how the exam domains have changed.
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- Is the N10-008 available now?
Yes, the N10-008 was released on September 15, 2021, and available for candidates to take at certified testing centers.
- How much longer will the N10-007 exam be available?
For individuals who were preparing for the exam prior to N10-008 release, they will get a chance to still take N10-007 until it is retired in June 2022
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