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System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP 2018): Network Fundamentals

System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP 2018): Network Fundamentals

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This 14-video course helps prepare for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification exam by exploring network concepts, including packet switching, the OSI (open systems interconnect) and TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol) models, network topologies, network infrastructure devices, and wireless router configuration. You will learn the differences between circuit switching and packet switching. You will examine the seven-layer OSI model that is used to describe communications hardware and software, including Layer 3 switch, and the Layer 7 firewall appliance. Continue by examining the TCP/IP model, a conceptual 4-layer model, and the TCP/IP protocol suite. This course then examines types of network interface cards, cable types, including coaxial and twisted pair copper, and connector types. Watch demonstrations of how to configure a wireless router, and how to configure NLB (network load balancing). You will learn to use a physical device or virtual appliance network load balancer, on-premises or in the cloud. Finally, this course shows learners how to configure a network load balancer by using AWS (Amazon Web Services).

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System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP 2018): Network Fundamentals

  • Course Overview
  • explain how packet switching networks transmit data
  • map network hardware and software to the OSI model
  • map network hardware and software to the TCP/IP model
  • compare ring, star and bus topologies in server and peer-to-peer networks
  • determine when to use peer-to-peer versus server-based networks
  • explain when routers and switches should be used
  • compare fiber optic, twisted pair, coax. and wireless networking transmission techniques
  • configure common Wi-Fi router settings
  • list the benefits of network load balancing
  • configure a cloud-based load balancing solution
  • describe how traffic shaping is used to optimize LAN and WAN network traffic flow
  • capture and examine network traffic using Wireshark
  • choose the network solution that best meets needs
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