AJSnetworking.com Podcast – The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam 4/9/2018

April 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Certified Cloud Practitioner

The latest certification from AWS is here and it represents your foundation for all other AWS certifications. My latest podcast gives you all the details! 


AJSnetworking.com Podcast – An Overview of AWS Certification 4/6/2018

April 6, 2018 at 4:49 pm

AWS Certification

I got this podcast idea from my friend Chris Riling at Cisco Systems. He was curious about AWS Certifications! Enjoy!


AJSnetworking.com Podcast – What I am Working On! 4/4/2018

April 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm


The latest podcast episode is up with a quick rundown of what I am currently working on for you! Enjoy!


Study Tips – Retain What You Read

April 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Study Tips

Most of us spend at least some of our study time for the next great IT Certification reading from books, whitepapers, or online documentation. But how effective this process is depends on how much we retain! Here are some tips for retaining more as you read!

  • Stop and reflect – just read some really important facts about a technology? Look away from the material and really think and reflect on it. This will help retention immensely. It is something we often forget to do because we are typically trying to study as quickly as possible.
  • Repeat, then repeat – consider drills, flash cards, or exercises, and consider doing them over a nice long period. Most recommend repetition over long-stage, spaced intervals to keep information fresh. Reinforcing new concepts every week or two helps it become known facts.
  • Create a catchy word or phase – the famous All People Seem To Need Data Processing or Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away is so famous because it works! One I learned from Keith Barker is the Port Security violation modes in Cisco networking. I always struggled to remember which one did not log and violations and was not recommended by Cisco. He taught me to just remember them in alphabetical order. P – R – S. Protect – Restrict – Shutdown. I never forgot that Protect is the lame one again as that order also reflects action severity!
  • Remove distractions – the ping of a cell phone, a desk photograph, music, e-mail – and of these might take you out of the zone you want to be in while reading!
  • Make connections – try and tie what you learn into other facts that you have memorized. The OSI Model is a great example of this as you can place new technologies in their appropriate layer and make connections with surrounding technologies.
  • Prioritize what counts – as you are reading, constantly reflect on what the most important information is so you can really focus on that!

Juniper Expands the “Test at Home” Option for Certification Exams!

March 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm


I have never done an exam this way with Juniper – but I plan to next week. I will do a full report here on the blog regarding the experience. You can test in the convenience of your home or office with the proctor monitoring you via Webcam!

The Juniper Networks Certification Program team has expanded the online proctoring (OP) option from our Associate-level exams only to now include our Specialist and Professional-level certification exams.

This expansion means thirteen additional Specialist and Professional certifications are now available to take online including our newest Cloud and Automation/DevOps exams.

To make sure you are able to test this way – be sure to run their simulation of the experience located here:

Click Here to Test Your Setup

AWS Certified Security – Specialty Beta Exam Ended Today!

March 2, 2018 at 8:01 pm


Great news for those of us interested in this new certification from Amazon! The last delivery of the Beta was today – 3/2/2018.

This means we can expect the gold code of the exam to be available to us in a month or so.

I am certainly looking forward to this new specialty certification and I am sure you are as well.

Here is what we can expect to be tested on.

Domain 1: Incident Response

1.1 Given an AWS abuse notice, evaluate the suspected compromised instance or exposed access keys.
1.2 Verify that the Incident Response plan includes relevant AWS services.
1.3 Evaluate the configuration of automated alerting and execute possible remediation of security-related incidents and emerging issues.

Domain 2: Logging and Monitoring

2.1 Design and implement security monitoring and alerting.
2.2 Troubleshoot security monitoring and alerting.
2.3 Design and implement a logging solution.
2.4 Troubleshoot logging solutions.

Domain 3: Infrastructure Security

3.1 Design edge security on AWS.
3.2 Design and implement a secure network infrastructure.
3.3 Troubleshoot a secure network infrastructure.
3.4 Design and implement host-based security.

Domain 4: Identity and Access Management

4.1 Design and implement a scalable authorization and authentication system to access AWS resources.
4.2 Troubleshoot an authorization and authentication system to access AWS resources.

Domain 5: Data Protection

5.1 Design and implement key management and use.
5.2 Troubleshoot key management.
5.3 Design and implement a data encryption solution for data at rest and data in transit.

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