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January 29, 2017

And it changes again

Sometimes this stuff really makes me want to scream. Of course, I have seen this before - but it really struck me today and there's not a lot I can do about it.

I studied for and took the CCIE Security Written 4.0 Exam in January of 2016. I did not pass - it seemed like I had studied for some previous incarnation of the exam. Okay. So I went back and started digging into as much "current" information as I could find. In July, Cisco changed over to the 4.1 version of the exam. Okay. So I printed out the blueprint and started studying the 4.1 material. I studied as hard and fast as I could. I really went deeply into the material. I read all the books. I watched all the videos. Then I blogged about it. This really drove the material home.

Today I finished section 7. Only one more section to go. Section 8 is the "Evolving Technologies" section.

Tomorrow is the last day to take the version 4.1 exam.

Ya know... this is why you can't find any current study material for any of these Security exams. It changes too fast and publishers just can't keep up. This is ridiculous.

So I'm not going to let this beat me. The name of this game is "I WIN." I'm going to finish the Version 4.1 blueprint and then use the 5.0 blueprint to create "Delta" posts.

INE has a post on the Version 5 blueprint. Looking at this, it looks like I don't have all that much of a delta to catch up to the new version. For example - the TrustSec with SGT and SXP is already something I have studied. I know that part. FirePOWER is another item that I shouldn't have a problem with - since it was in the Next-Generation Security Solutions book I already read. But there are a few items on that list that I don't recognize.

I have to admit - it's very discouraging. I'm not sure why I didn't notice this sooner. Even if I did, I don't think I could have gotten this material down any faster. On the good side - the blogging has helped to develop the habit of finding the material on Cisco's documentation. Now I have to continue to do more of that. And faster.

A chocolate bar and a good movie would do wonders right now.

Posted by BlueWolf on January 29, 2017 12:53 PM