CompTIA Gets Serious About Cyber Security!

July 11, 2018 at 1:07 am

I am reporting from the CompTIA Partner Summit  2018 here in Washington, DC and the buzz is all about Cyber Security and the latest and greatest pathway offered by CompTIA! Check it out!


CompTIA clearly recognizes that many might be interested in this field as they move from high school or even another career entirely. This pathway covers a candidate from the very basics – all the way to advanced Security studies!

Here are some critical notes on each step of the journey!

IT Fundamentals

  • The new CompTIA IT Fundamentals (FC0-U61) exam is arriving in Q3 2018!
  • The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:
    • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
    • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
    • Using security and web browsing best practices


  • The new A+ exam (A+ 2019) is arriving in early 2019!
  • Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.
  • A+ supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used.


  • The new exam is here N10-007!
  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify the benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards, and protocols
  • Troubleshoot network problems
  • Support the creation of virtualized networks


  • The new CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam is here!
  • No other certification that assesses baseline cybersecurity skills has performance-based questions on the exam. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues.
  • More choose Security+ for DoD 8570 compliance than any other certification.
  • Security+ focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.
  • The new Security+ certification covers the Junior IT Auditor/Penetration Tester job role, in addition to the previous job roles for Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Security Administrator.


  • This new exam is here!
  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to an organization.
  • Configure and use threat-detection tools.
  • Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.


  • CompTIA PenTest+ coming in Q3 2018!
  • CompTIA PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.
  • Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills required to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings.
  • Candidates will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.


  • The new exam is here!
  • Enterprise Security domain expanded to include operations and architecture concepts, techniques, and requirements
  • More emphasis on analyzing risk through interpreting trend data and anticipating cyber defense needs to meet business goals
  • Expanding security control topics to include Mobile and small form factor devices, as well as software vulnerability
  • Broader coverage of integrating cloud and virtualization technologies into a secure enterprise architecture
  • The inclusion of implementing cryptographic techniques, such as Blockchain- Cryptocurrency and Mobile device encryption


CompTIA Partner Summit 2018 Instructor Training Day

June 17, 2018 at 11:30 am

I am super excited to be one of the presenters this year!

This year CompTIA Instructor Network is hosting half-day sessions for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+ and a full day session on CySA+ and PenTest+. This year’s theme is “Labs” so come and join us as we focus on what hands-on activities can be used to engage and help prepare students for performance-based exam items.

CompTIA Partner Summit

What Your Trainers Are Working On At CBT Nuggets!

February 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm

CBT Nuggets

Your trainer team at CBT Nuggets has been very busy lately! We are getting the following modules ready for release! Here is the current “in production” list along with the trainer(s) you will enjoy watching.

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – Peerings

  • Anthony Sequeira

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – Advertising NLRI

  • Anthony Sequeira


  • Shawn Powers

CCNP Collaboration CIPTV1

  • Network Chuck

CompTIA Cloud+

  • Anthony Sequeira

CompTIA Network+ N10-007

  • Keith Barker
  • Anthony Sequeira
  • Network Chuck
  • Jeremy Cioara

CompTIA Project+

  • Simona Millham

IT Expert: Office 365

  • Jeremy Cioara

Microsoft Azure 70-535

  • Ben Finkel

Microsoft Skype for Business (70-334)

  • Stephen Daugherty




Getting Started with AWS

January 21, 2018 at 6:00 am


This video provides you with an idea to get started with Cloud technologies and AWS if you have no experience in this regard. This approach comes with the benefit of adding two great certifications to your resume!

The New Cloud Essentials Course at CBT Nuggets!

October 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Cloud Essentials

I have uploaded the last Nuggets and Quizzes for CompTIA’s Cloud Essentials course at, and we will publish it to our site shortly for our learners. This course is a specialty Certification from CompTIA and prepares learners to understand Cloud fundamentals and describe potential risks and rewards associated with Cloud technology adoption. This video collection is a perfect first course for those interested in learning one of the hottest topics in modern IT. The course consists of 22 Nuggets and even provides learners with the ability to practice Cloud virtualization in a Hands-on Lab! Should you have any questions at all let me know in the comments area below this blog post.

The course is complete and can be found here! 

Here are the 22 Nuggets of goodness that make up this new course:

  1. Introducing Cloud Essentials
  2. Cloud Computing Defined
  3. Virtualization and the Cloud
  4. Hands-on Lab: Microsoft Hyper-V
  5. Early Examples of Cloud
  6. Is the Cloud for your Company?
  7. “As A Service” Models (XaaS)
  8. Could vs. Outsourcing
  9. Business Characteristics of Cloud
  10. Private vs. Public Cloud
  11. Deploying the Cloud
  12. Challenges and Risks
  13. The Cloud and Applications
  14. Successful Deployment Steps
  15. Cloud Vendors
  16. Organizational Requirements
  17. Migrating Applications
  18. Impact to IT
  19. ITIL and the Cloud
  20. Compliance
  21. Direct Costs and Costs Allocations
  22. Maintaining Strategic Flexibility

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