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  1. Cyber Ninja III rogue2shadow's Avatar
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    Star award 2012 Certification Plans

    Last year around this time we produced a couple threads on 2011 plans:
    2011 Certification Plans (Bl8ckr0uter) 10/10/10
    Q4 2010 / 2011 security cert objectives? (Paul Boz) 9/21/10

    How are you all progressing with your certification/degree goals and what does 2012 hold for you?

    - r2s
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    2011:
    • MCITP: EMA
    • ITIL v3 Foundation
    • CCNA
    • CCNP: SWITCH - I plan on finishing the CCNP by Christmas
    2012: Not sure yet. I'm either going to go for the CCSP, CCVP, or CCIE Written. I may also take a shot at the Master certification for Exchange 2010
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    I have accomplished my 2011 certification goals. I am giving my brain a rest after completing the CISSP this year. I don't really have any certification plans on the horizon. If I can get my employer to pay for SANS training, I will attempt the GCIH...But I don't think that will be happening soon. So I will relax for 6 months and use this time to improve upon my French.
    "The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and
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    2011:
    Network+ Done
    Security+ Done
    CCENT In Progress
    CCNA Next

    2012:
    CISSP (Big Dreamer)
    or
    CCNP (More Realistic)
    Currently Pursuing: CCNA: S

    "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect"

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    2011:

    Finished off my MCITP: EA
    May be able to squeeze in the SNIA before the end of the year. I had planned on a Citrix and an Exchange cert, but there isnt a point to it if I dont touch these technologies much at work.

    2012:

    Pound away at some vendor's storage cert, likely be an EMC, since we are going to get an EMC SAN. I have assumed a new role at work, managing backups, actually been doing it for 4-5 months now, so it's of paramount importance that I am good at it. Apart from that I'll be going over core Windows concepts again, DNS/DFS/Clustering and GPO's over the next year.
    VCDX: DCV - Round 2 rescheduled (by VMware) for December 2017.

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    2011:

    CISSP in Q4

    2012:

    OSCP - I cannot wait to get my hands on this bad boy.
    GCFA - I am planning to expand my existing knowledge on forensics as I may be involved with forensic investigations at work.
    OSCE - Exploit development is something I am fascinated by. If everything goes well with OSCP, I should be looking into this one as well.
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    I'm hoping for ccie and start cissp.
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    It's too soon for this thread. In any case, I'll mainly be working on Citrix certs for the foreseeable future (employees get free exam vouchers). Besides that, I will try to get in on any free Server 2012 beta exams, and maybe I'll go for the RHCE. I also put my MCSE on hold with two exams remaining (293 and 298 ) so maybe I'll finish it.
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    2011: Pretty much stuck to plan. I completed the CEH/CNDA and CPT and am now at the end of my CISSP studies. I decided to drop CWTS, LPIC-1, and CCNA Security for now in favor of priming myself for red studies all next year.

    2012: As stated above, this year is going to be painted in red! I have a decent cert plan setup but I'm going to be focusing more on the material behind advanced analysis, reverse engineering, and pentesting as a whole. My tentative cert plan is as follows: OSCP > CEPT > GPEN or GCIH (depending on funds), OSWP (for fun; only if updated).
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    My plans have changed drastically, i went from MCSE or MCITP SA to now trying to finish up CCNA and CCNA Security by the end of the year. Maybe throw in a Project+ for good measure.

    Like another poster stated, it's pretty early to plan out 2012, I guess it depends on what job role I take on. Either all in for Microsoft of Cisco
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    Completed so far 2011
    Project +
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    ITIL Service Transition (Huge Win)
    Hopefully complete the PMP in December 2011

    2012 GMAT and/or MBA begin
    ITIL PPO, SOA, MALC
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    By the end of 2011 (it could be earlier of course), I plan on being a MCITP:EA. Depending on when I finish, I will probably do the 646 so that I have an SA on top of that. (Just because it's one test). Oh, and Project+ (which I could really do now, but I want to focus on getting 70-642 out of the way for either the rest of this year or by 1/2011). Project+ I will probably do by end of Q1 2011.

    IF there is time AND it's not messing with my other studies, I plan on also going for the MCITP: Database Administrator 2008.

    OTHERWISE, for 2012, I will throw that in there as well as the Virtualization Administrator one. But the MCITP:EA and Project+ are what I'm definitely going to do for 2011.

    I'm on track to have the MCITP:EA by the end of the year. I did complete Project+ in the end of 2010 (I had time to throw that in there).

    2012, I will shoot for the Database Administrator 2008 exam and depending on how Hyper-V works out for me, I may still consider Virtualization Administrator. At this point though, I just want to focus on graduate school once I'm done with WGU.
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    Unless someone forces / bribes me I won't touch another Microsoft one - CCNA for me ...
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    If I had to pick a "vendor" (and I use the term loosely here, as SANS is not what I would typically consider to be a vendor like MS, Citrix, Cisco, et al) certification, I am considering obtaining the GIAC GPEN, with the GCIH being a strong runner-up.

    I would like to start my MBA next year, but will likely defer it until 2013.
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    Well I submitted a plan to my boss that will take me through "Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2010", which will require that I finish both my MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010, and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator.

    Total cost is going to be around $3,375, so we'll see if he approves it.

    I'd have to pass 9 exams total to get there, but if I did, I'd be one of less than 50 people in the world with that cert.
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    Well my original plan for 2011 was get my MCITP:EA. Well the second/third week in January I ended up in a CISSP prep course, so basically from January till mid/end of May was in CISSP-land. Once that was done I was brain dead/not really motivated to do anything else. Recently I decided to make it a point to get my MCITP:SA before the end of the year.

    So for the remainder of 2011:

    70-642: Test first part of October
    70-646: Test first part of December

    For 2012:

    Get MCITP:EA(If I pull of the above, I will only have 2 I think tests to take, 70-643 and 70-647 I think)
    GCWN: (I still really want to do this, I just need to figure out a way to have work pay for it)
    Focus on keeping up with the CPE requirements for the CISSPWho knows, if I'm crazy I may just do the SSCP for the fun of it.
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    Plan was MCITP:EA, CCNA and CISSP. Completed MCITP:EA and CCENT so far. Had to put ICND2 and CISSP until next year so I can focus on completing my degree. Plan for 2012 is to pick up right where I left and complete CCNA along with CISSP. We'll see.

    Forgot to add I got MCITP:SA via the Dreamspark voucher.
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    2011: Secure+Firewall=Cisco Firewall Specialist and Cisco IOS Sec Specialist Maybe (just maybe) CCDA If I can wing it. 2012:SSCPCCNP:SCCNPCWNACWSP I'll think of some more when I am done with those. Maybe Linux+ or maybe CCDP/CCIP. I could even go for some Juniper. If someone would pay for it, i'd love to go for a few SANS certs.
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    2011: CCNA (Done)
    Security+ (Done)
    CTT+ Written (still to do video)
    MCITP Server 2008R2 Virtualization (Done)
    Will possibly try CCNA Security befor end of year...

    2012: 70-680 , 70-642 , 70-640
    More Cisco Security or IP Telephony
    Maybe Linux+
    It all depends on time and budget as I do these for fun....I'm also ADD so I may change interests on the fly
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    I think that 2012 will be a catch up year for me, as I doubt I will complete my 2011 plans based on my progress over the summer. I figure I will round out this year by finishing up MCITP EMA 2010 and VCP. 2012 will be time for the PMP and probably a quick update to VCP on 5, and then maybe work on the MCM Exchange 2010. I will still also be working to complete my MS in Cybersecurity Policy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    Plan was MCITP:EA, CCNA and CISSP. Completed MCITP:EA and CCENT so far. Had to put ICND2 and CISSP until next year so I can focus on completing my degree. Plan for 2012 is to pick up right where I left and complete CCNA along with CISSP. We'll see.

    Forgot to add I got MCITP:SA via the Dreamspark voucher.
    Is this still going on?
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    2011 Planned:
    70-290 & 291 - I've been slacking, forced myself to schedule the tests for the early Nov and early Dec., respectively. Having a date set motivates me.

    2012:
    Finish my bachelors (hopefully!!!)
    Either CCNA Security or ROUTE. Doubt I'll do both.
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    CCNA - Take it on the 29th
    MCITP:SA - Maybe get it done this year?

    2012:

    MCITP:SA - Figuring I will finish this in 12
    MCITP:EA
    SSCP - Maybe, not a 100% on this just yet

    I think most of 2012 I am going to be focusing on a solid foundation of knowledge to get myself fully into a security position. Linux, true networking (not just the CCNA based stuff), and programming.
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    2011 - So far so good, completed CCDP, about to finish the CCNA Security, and i should have enough time to complete CCNP Security Secure exam.

    2012- Complete CCNP Security, read some pen testing books.
    2017 Goals: Dark Side OPS: Custom Pentesting (complete), eCPPT (in progress), LFCS (in progress), OSCP
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerfool View Post
    Is this still going on?
    I think it finished back in June or July.
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