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500-240 Cisco Mobile Backhaul for Field Engineers (CMBFE)

Exam Number: 500-240

Exam Name : Cisco Mobile Backhaul for Field Engineers (CMBFE)

Exam Duration : 40 min.

Number of Questions: 25-35

Pormat: Single and Multiple Choice, Proctored


20% 1.0 Mobile Backhaul Legacy Interoperability

20% 2.0 MBH End-to-End Communication Basics, Implementing Unified MPLS for IP MBH Communication - Clock and Timing

25% 3.0 Examining MBH Architecture and Transport Architectures, Migration Strategies for MBH, Foundational Principles of Radio Frequency

5% 4.0 Implementing Traffic Management

20% 5.0 Configuring Core Layer Devices, Aggregation Layer Devices, Cisco RAN Access Layer Devices, Advanced Features

5% 6.0 Cisco UMMT Service and Control Architectures

5% 7.0 Cisco ASR Devices for MBH

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A. limit the availability
B. does not enhance resiliency
C. enhance resiliency or availability
D. adds complexity
Answer: C
Question: 27 Section 1
If a router receives routes from a route reflector, packets destined to the learned prefixes by default must go through
what path?
A. To the next BGP hop
B. To the BGP neighbor
C. The Route Reflextor
D. To the Next IGP hop
Answer: A
Question: 28 Section 1
Which three options can be considered a type of small cell (Choose three.)
A. Microcell
B. Femtocell
C. Micro
D. Pico
E. Picocell
F. Dendriticcell
Answer: ABE
Question: 29 Section 1
What is frequency, phase, and time of day synchronization in mobile architecture?
A. is natively supported in IPv6
B. is a key requirement for the radio equipment
C. is not important
D. was only required for legacy
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Cisco Networking Academy Helps Veterans With Career Transition Programs

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Defense personnel are often unsung heroes—potentially putting their lives on the line to serve their communities. Giving back to those who choose to serve, or are transitioning out of the armed forces, is clearly the right thing to do. We’re proud that Cisco Networking Academy partners with organizations around the world looking after the unique needs of current and former military service people.

Training-up down under

Soldier On is a not-for-profit organization delivering support services that enable current and former Australian Defence Force personnel—and their families—to lead meaningful civilian lives. It does this by providing psychology support services, employment support, education programs, and community-building activities.

Amy Cooper, CEO of Soldier On, is particularly aware of those needs—her father-in-law and partner are respectively former and current Australian Defence Forces personnel. Amy also sits on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide reference committee, which gives her an even greater insight into the challenges facing current and former veterans and their families.

In Australia, a Royal Commission is a public hearing, independent of government, with broad powers to summon witnesses or seize documents and receive public submissions. The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established in 2021 to inquire into systemic issues and risk factors relevant to veteran deaths by suicide, or other lived experience of suicide risk factors, and to provide a systemic analysis of the contributing factors. To date, the Commission has received more than 4,000 submissions.

Unique challenges

“One of the interesting pieces that have come out of the Royal Commission is the fact that around 80 percent of the veterans go on to have really successful civilian lives,” says Amy. “Unfortunately, 20 percent face really significant challenges.”

She says this is significant because an increasing number of service people are transitioning out of the armed forces. “Those numbers have traditionally tracked around the 5,000 mark,” she says. “This year it’s anticipated it will be closer to 7,000 people making that transition, and that number has risen over the last three years.”

“We’re also seeing trends with younger veterans discharging, so from an increased number from 25-year-olds right up to mid-30s, which changes the nature of the support that might be required for transitioning veterans.”

Soldier On is supporting around 11,000 service people, veterans, and their families this year, with programs designed to aid with health and wellbeing, employment support, and education, as well as helping make connections within the community.


“What attracts people to serve their nation is often very values-driven,” says Amy. “It’s about being able to serve and support the community and often they’re looking for roles that have that same altruistic service or are an intrinsic value to them.”

“Cisco Networking Academy is a strong part of our mission, particularly for our veterans and family members to thrive,” she says. “It is really focused on that positive aspect of being able to offer practical support through a range of education opportunities that the partnership provides… the courses have been a great opportunity to get many of our participants into the IT industry.”

“The very nature of the program, being very skills directed, provides good options for participants as they balance serving, or starting to think about that transition time, which is often a very busy time with relocating,” says Amy. “I think that’s a tremendous investment in veterans and their families.”

Helping veterans around the world

Soldier On is not alone in its mission to help veterans transition into new careers. In the UK, TechVets is another Cisco Networking Academy partner that helps more than 20 people per month to start new careers in IT. TechVets was founded to address a fast-growing skills gap with the rise of tech, and a national issue with unemployment and underemployment within the British Military Forces community.

And in the US, Cisco—which has consistently been recognized as a Top 10 Military Friendly Employer—has a range of veteran programs to assist veterans transitions into meaningful IT careers, including Onward to Opportunity, a program run by Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to help service members, veterans, and spouses on their journey to meaningful employment after military service.

IVMF is also a Cisco Networking Academy partner, dedicated to serving military personnel and part of CyberVetsUSA, a fully-sponsored “veterans-first” workforce development initiative, do amazing work helping veterans transition into in-demand tech jobs.

Cisco also runs CX Apprenticeship Programs in the US and India to develop networking skills for non-traditional candidates leading to the opportunity to interview for the highly technical, customer-facing role of a Technical Consulting Engineer in Cisco’s Customer Experience organization. Around a third of the current cohort are veterans.

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In France, Arnaud found he wasn’t academically-inclined and joined the Army, where he realized that his colleagues’ lives depended on reliable communications. After serving his country, Arnaud knew his future was in IT, and after undertaking Cisco Networking Academy training now works for a French ISP as a Network Engineer.

Vanessa was in the Brazilian Army while doing postgraduate studies in Computer Networks. Unfortunately, that knowledge wasn’t required for her job. After leaving the Army she became interested in cybersecurity, eventually taking the CyberOps Associate course with Cisco Networking Academy and landing a job as a cybersecurity analyst.

Michael joined the fire service to contribute to his community, but was called up twice to serve in Iraq. An injury ultimately ended his firefighting career, leading him to pursue a career in cybersecurity incident response. Through Cisco Networking Academy training, Michael has found a new passion in the field, driven by his commitment to service and continuous learning.

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Edge router default settings caused massive Optus outage

Optus has submitted to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications a full account on what it thinks caused the massive outage last 8 November that crippled its subscribers: 90 Cisco provider edge routers automatically self-isolated to protect themselves from an overload of IP routing information.

Previously, the telco attributed the outage to a regular upgrade going wrong that fouled up its network.

It claimed that an "international peering network" had fed it bad data.

Last Monday, the company's spokesperson said: "At around 4:05am Wednesday morning, the Optus network received changes to routing information from an international peering network following a routine software upgrade."

"These routing information changes propagated through multiple layers in our network and exceeded preset safety levels on key routers which could not handle these. This resulted in those routers disconnecting from the Optus IP Core network to protect themselves."

According to news reports, the unnamed "international peering network" that contributed to the outage is run by its Singaporean parent company Singtel.

But Singel disputed the claims, pinpointing that the outage was caused by Optus' safety mechanisms, and not a routine software upgrade.

Optus confirmed Singtel's account in a submission filed late on Thursday, ahead of a senate appearance today.

The Optus report reads: "It is now understood that the outage occurred due to approximately 90 PE routers automatically self-isolating in order to protect themselves from an overload of IP routing information."

"These self-protection limits are default settings provided by the relevant global equipment vendor (Cisco)."

Optus said the unexpected overload of IP routing information occured after a "software upgrade at one of the Singtel internet exchange" in North America.

During the upgrade, Optus said its network received changes in routing information from an alternate Singtel peering router.

"These routing changes were propagated through multiple layers of our IP Core network."

Optus suggests the upgrade led to the bad route information being propagated. However, it did not explain further, but now said this "was not the cause of the incident in Australia."

One hundred fifty engineers and technicians are now working to restore the system, supported by another 250 staff and five vendors, according to the document.

For the first six hours of the outage, engineers tried to come up with explanations for the large-scale outage.

Theories include whether works overnight by Optus itself were the cause but it found no resolution.

It also explored the possibility of a DDoS attack, a network authentication issue, or problems with other vendors such as its content delivery network provider.

But its IPv6 line of enquiry became its "leading hypothesis for network restoration."

“Through this process, we identified that resetting routing connectivity addressed the loss of network services. This occurred at 10:21am."

Optus' engineers then performed the following steps:

1. Resetting and clearing routing connectivity on network elements which had disconnected themselves from the network.

2. Physically rebooting and reconnecting some network elements to restore connectivity.

3. Carefully and methodically re-introducing traffic onto the mobile data and voice core to avoid a signalling surge on the network.

Optus continued to investigate more on the matter, performing unspecified "resiliency" works on the network between 8 November to 13 November.

The submission also detailed its customer communications defence on the outage day, but will likely to be challenged in a senate inquiry.

Optus has offered a 200GB data to affected consumers, but some say this is not enough.

The data is not enough to compensate the affected operations of businesses which lost money during the outage. However, the telco argued that if there is an outage, businesses must be responsible to own a backup connectivity in the event service is down.

In its submission, Optus argued making a telco pay financial compensation for losses is not a precedent that should be set.

"However, there is no precedent for compensation being paid by telecommunications providers to all business customers who suffer a loss of business as a result of an outage of the kind that occurred on 8 November, either here or overseas."

It argued that there no precedent for essential services such as electricity providers to pay compensation for businesses losses when there is an outage.

Electricity networks do not compensate business customers for "consequential losses" such as wages. It cited Ausgrid, an NSW-based electricity provider, which stated: "There is no compensation granted for consequential loss such as wages, productivity or trade.”

Optus downplayed the outage, saying "it isn't the first to suffer a sizeable outage in Australia" nor would the 8 November outage be the last incident of its type.

"While every communications network provider wants to avoid such outcomes, it is an unfortunate reality in our reliant digital age that no communications network can completely protect against, nor prevent, these types of occurrences from ever happening – despite the investments made or resiliency efforts undertaken."

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Cisco leans on partners, blueprints for AI infrastructure growth

Cisco has a variety of new partnerships and programs aimed at helping enterprises build AI-ready infrastructure.

Cisco is taking a collaborative approach to helping enterprise customers build AI infrastructures.

At its accurate partner summit, Cisco talked up a variety of new programs and partnerships aimed at helping enterprises get their core infrastructure ready for AI workloads and applications.

"While AI is driving a lot of changes in technology, we believe that it should not require a wholesale rethink of customer data center operations," said Todd Brannon, senior director, cloud infrastructure marketing, with Cisco's cloud infrastructure and software group.

As AI projects move from science projects in an organization's backroom to mission-critical applications, enterprise infrastructure and operations teams are being challenged because they are dealing with new workloads running on familiar infrastructure but with new requirements, Brannon said.

"The idea is that we want to help our customers deploy and manage AI workloads efficiently, find that right mix of acceleration, and not over provision or leave stranded resources or create new islands of operations," added Sean McGee, cloud & data center technology strategist with Cisco.

One of the ways Cisco intends to help customers is by offering a suite of validated designs that can easily be deployed as enterprise AI needs evolve. 

The company recently announced four new Cisco Validated Designs for AI blueprints from Red Hat, Nvidia, OpenAI, and Cloudera to focus on virtualized and containerized environments as well as converged and hyperconverged infrastructure options. Cisco already had validated AI models on its menu from AMD, Intel, Nutanix, Flashstack and Flexpod.

The validated designs allow customers to use these models and fine tune what they want to do for their business, McGee said.

Cisco is building Ansible-based automation playbooks on top of these models that customers can use with Cisco's Intersight cloud-based management and orchestration system to automatically inject their own data into the models and build out repositories that can be used in their infrastructure, including at the edge of the network and in the data center, McGee said.

Cisco's Intersight package manages a variety of systems from Kubernetes containers to applications, servers, and hyperconverged environments from a single location.

"Utilizing Intersight and our systems stack, customers can deploy and manage AI-validated workloads," Brannon said. "The message is that we don’t want our customers and partners having to completely rethink the operation side, even though they’re having to rethink some things on the GPU provisioning side for AI, for example," Brannon said.

In addition, as Cisco gets feedback from its customers on AI-specific features or additional validated designs, it will augment Intersight with new features, Brannon said.

Also, over time these models will evolve as more data is used to tune them, and customers can easily adjust them to fit the needs of their enterprise infrastructure, McGee said. "Our partners, too, can utilize these models to significantly expand their services. [They can] really provide them a head start and relieve a lot of the engineering expense and time that they need to put these services together for customers."

Cisco recently unveiled Data Center Networking Blueprint for AI/ML Applications that defines how organizations can use existing data center Ethernet networks to support AI workloads now.

A core component of the data center AI blueprint is Cisco's Nexus 9000 data center switches, which support up to 25.6Tbps of bandwidth per ASIC and "have the hardware and software capabilities available today to provide the right latency, congestion management mechanisms, and telemetry to meet the requirements of AI/ML applications," Cisco stated. "Coupled with tools such as Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights for visibility and Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller for automation, Cisco Nexus 9000 switches become ideal platforms to build a high-performance AI/ML network fabric."

Cisco has also published scripts so customers can automate specific settings across the network to set up this network fabric and simplify configurations, Cisco stated.

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3 Tech Stocks to Buy to Invest Like Cathie Wood

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Despite facing the largest cumulative increase in official interest rates in 40 years, the United States economy has demonstrated surprising resilience. Throughout the past year, gross domestic product grew by 2.9%, and employment remains strong. Unemployment is standing at 3.9%. This has spelled great things for tech stocks to buy.

The Fed funds rate has been raised by 525 basis points since March 2022, with a significant uptick of 100 points this year. This robust economic performance is positive for the stock market, and these are three perfect tech stocks to buy that you should invest in like renowned investor Cathie Wood.

Cisco Systems (CSCO)

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Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) provides end-to-end networking equipment, security, collaboration, data center and IoT. 

The company had very strong Q4 earnings, with revenue of $15.2 billion growing 16% YoY. The EPS of $1.14 beat expectations by $0.08. Net income of $3.98 billion grew 40.6% YoY. The company has found success with its business model transformation. Total software revenue rose 17% YoY and software subscription revenue is up 20% YoY.

The stock is up 8.95% YTD. Yahoo! Finance reports 16 analysts with a mean one-year price target of $58.47, ranging from $45.00 to $76.00. 

The network-as-a-service market has recently seen an increase in its projection with sources showing a 32%35% CAGR. This increase in growth estimates is very attractive since it shows a higher industry potential.

Cisco’s largest growth catalyst this year is its recently announced acquisition of Splunk. At $28 billion, this is the company’s largest acquisition to date. This is key as Splunk will help move organizations from threat detection and response to prediction and prevention. The acquision illustrates a step forward in the cybersecurity space with AI technology. In addition, this acquisition will accelerate Cisco’s business transformation to more recurring revenue. 

Cisco’s strong earnings and Splunk acquisition make it a stock that you do not want missing from your portfolio.

Broadcom Incorporated (AVGO)

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Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) has two main products: semiconductors and infrastructure software applications. The company has shown an excellent performance this year–the stock is up 71.09% YTD. Despite already growing so much this year, most notable firms are still saying Broadcom is undervalued.

In May, Apple announced a multibillion-dollar deal with Broadcom for the development of 5G radio frequency and wireless connectivity components. This huge agreement possesses countless benefits for Broadcom. 5G tech is a keystone of next-gen electronics, so receiving the funding to build FBAR filters in key American technology hubs will be a large catalyst for Broadcom. This partnership will also allow for investment further in critical automation projects and upskilling technicians and engineers.

Recently, Google reaffirmed its partnership with Broadcom. This lucrative chip partnership consists of Broadcom developing Google’s TPU chip series, which are specialized processors optimized to run AI models. This was critical, as Broadcom’s involvement in this AI chip-making partnership is essential to its growth in an AI economy. This partnership is only ramping up, with  Google continuously accelerating chip orders. With the debut of the TPU v5e at the end of August and hints at a successor to the chip, Broadcom is in position to profit.

Yahoo! Finance reports 23 analysts with a mean 1-year price target of $977.61, ranging from $879.00 to $1,050.00. 

With several long-term growth catalysts, including the in-progress acquisition of VMWare, Broadcom has never been in a better position to grow.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a technology conglomerate, focused on developing market-ready software and hardware, with a accurate shift of focus onto Artificial Intelligence with the acquisition of OpenAI. Currently, MSFT is valued at $366.68, with a year-to-date growth of 53.05%.

The global information technology sector continues its strong standing, thriving recently in 2022. 2027 is projected to grow to $12 trillion, marking a five-year CAGR of 7.9%. As known, Microsoft holds a strong standing in the industry, with a global market share of 21%.

Financially, MSFT had a great quarter in Q3 ’23, with every metric reporting year-over-year increases. Revenue was reported at $56.52 billion, or a YoY increase of 12.76%. Furthermore, both net income and diluted EPS grew nearly 27% a piece, with figures of $22.29 billion and 2.99 respectively. Finally, MSFT also outperformed consensus earnings estimates, with revenue beating projections by 3.6% and EPS by 12.82%.

Overall, the largest catalyst behind Microsoft’s future success has been the large announcements of OpenAI’s accurate breakthroughs and product launches. Among these are GPT stores, allowing for users to upload and download versions of artificial intelligence chatbots to interact with. Further, OpenAI announced GPT-4 Turbo or further advances in the latest stage of their breakthrough product ChatGPT. Ultimately, the continuous development of AI will further push MSFT’s valuation and revenue through the roof. If you are looking for tech stocks to buy, start here.

On the date of publication, Michael Que did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines.

The researchers contributing to this article did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

Michael Que is a financial writer with extensive experience in the technology industry, with his work featured on Seeking Alpha, Benzinga and MSN Money. He is the owner of Que Capital, a research firm that combines fundamental analysis with ESG factors to pick the best sustainable long-term investments.

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Top 8 IT certifications in demand today

IT certifications can help you quickly gain and validate valuable skills and know-how in a domain that will further your career. Here are the most popular IT certs today.

Certifications can validate your IT skills and experience to show employers you have the expertise to get the job done. When it comes to certifications, you can typically choose to get certified in skills that you already have, or you can use certification as an opportunity to grow your skill set and develop skills you’d like to put to use in your career. Whatever your reason for getting certified, certifications are a great way to strengthen your resume, set yourself apart from other candidates in a job search, and boost your salary.

According to the 2024 IT Salary report from Robert Half, these are some of the most valuable certifications IT professionals can hold in the coming year. Whether you’re just starting out and building your resume or you’ve been in the industry for 20 years, there’s a certification that can help boost your salary and your career.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications
  • Certified Agile Leadership (CAL)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco certifications
  • CompTIA A+
  • Microsoft Azure certifications
  • Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a widely used platform across every industry, and Amazon offers several certifications that fall under the umbrella of AWS, with paths for IT roles such as solutions architect, application architect, cloud data engineer, software development engineer, systems administrator, cloud engineer, test engineer, cloud DevOps engineer, DevSecOps engineer, cloud security engineer, cloud security architect, network engineer, and machine learning engineer. It’s a vendor-specific certification that will benefit anyone who is tasked with working directly with AWS products and services or looking to make good on the high demand for cloud skills today. The certifications range in skill level, with options available for people who are completely new to tech, options for entry-level IT pros who have experience, and certifications designed for seasoned veterans of the industry.

According to PayScale, the average salary for AWS skills is $115,000 per year, while the average salary for each AWS certification varies depending on the specific certification.

Certified Agile Leadership (CAL)

The Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) certification is offered by ScrumAlliance and includes three certification modules, including CAL Essentials, CAL for Teams, and CAL for Organizations. The modules were customed designed by “leaders in business and team agility,” according to ScrumAlliance, and they employ approved educators who can demonstrate years of “real-world experience and success” coaching others and implementing agile in the workplace. The goal is to help participants gain the skills and confidence to navigate and guide an organization through agile adoption and transformation. The certification is targeted at agile team members, managers, organizational decision-makers, change leaders, executives, coaches and consultants, and aspiring or current leaders.

While it does not offer certification-specific salary data for agile, according to PayScale the average salary for IT pros with agile development skills is $113,000 per year.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Offered through the ISACA, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is a globally recognized certification for IS audit control. It was established in 1978 and certifies your ability to report on compliance procedures, how well you can assess vulnerabilities, and your knowledge of every stage in the auditing process. To qualify, you need at least five years of experience in IS auditing, control, or security and must complete another entry-level test through the ISACA certification scheme. The certification covers high-level subjects such as the information systems auditing process, governance and management of IT, operations and business resilience, and IS acquisition, development, and implementation.

According to PayScale, the average annual salary for CISA certified IT pros is $114,000 per year.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification offered through the (ISC)² demonstrates your knowledge of and skills in IT security and information assurance. The vendor-neutral certification covers subjects such as organizational structure, security and risk management, asset security, security operations, identity and access management (IAM), security assessment and testing, and security architecture and engineering. You’ll need at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains included in the (ISC)² CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). It’s an advanced certification that is best suited for those in roles such as CISO, CIO, director of security, IT director or manager, security systems engineer, security analyst, security manager, security auditor, security architect, security consultant, and network architect.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a CISSP certification is $126,000 per year.

Cisco certifications

Cisco offers several certifications at the entry, associate, professional, and expert level, and these certifications regularly top the list each year as being in-demand for IT pros. Certifications are offered in a variety of subjects such as collaboration, CyberOps, data centers, DevNet and automation, design, enterprise networking, and security. The certifications are generally designed for network engineers, system engineers, CyberOps analysts, and network security analysts who want to grow and certify their skills and expertise. Cisco’s lineup of certifications is vendor-specific, typically focusing on Cisco products and services, so if you’re in a role working with Cisco products, it’s a great way to get a leg up.

Salary for Cisco certifications ranges depending on the certification, but the average salary for CCNA certified IT pros is $87,000 per year, while the average salary for CCNP certification is $104,000 per year.

CompTIA A+

CompTIA offers a variety of certifications for IT pros at every stage of their IT careers, and the CompTIA A+ certification is its entry-level IT certification covering the foundations of hardware, technical support, and troubleshooting. The certification is designed for those interested in a career as a service desk analyst, help desk tech, technical support specialist, field service technician, help desk technician, associate network engineer, data support technician, desktop support administrator, or end user computing technician. To earn your CompTIA A+ certification you’ll have to pass two separate exams. The CompTIA A+ 220-1001 test covers mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, and network troubleshooting. The CompTIA A+ 220-1002 test covers installing and configuring operating systems, expanded security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures. While it is an entry-level certification, it’s recommended to have at least 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience in the field.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a CompTIA A+ certification is $70,000 per year.

Microsoft Azure certifications

Microsoft Azure is a popular cloud services offering used by enterprises across every industry, and Microsoft offers several certifications to validate your skills and abilities working with Azure. You can select from several different versions of certification, including ones designed specifically for roles such as administrator associate, security engineer associate, solutions architect, IOT developer, data base administrator, data engineer, data analyst, AI engineer, and data scientist. Microsoft also offers certifications focused on fundamentals, specific job roles, or specialty use cases. Certifications range in expertise and experience from the fundamental level up to expert. It’s a widely recognized certification in the industry, enabling IT pros to validate that they have the specific skill set and knowledge that businesses are looking for when it comes to leveraging Azure in the workplace.

The salary for each Azure certification depends on its specific focus, but according to PayScale, the average salary for those with Microsoft Azure skills is $100,000 per year.

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

Offered by, the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification is one of several Scrum-focused certifications for validating that you have knowledge of the Scrum framework, and the ability to apply it in real-world situations. The certification is offered at three levels, PSM I, PSM II, and PSM III, with each level covering a different scope and depth of the Scrum framework. At the entry level, the PSM certification covers the fundamentals of Scrum, focusing on the terminology and application of Scrum in Scum Teams. At the second level, the PSM certification focuses on Scrum Master accountabilities, and dives in deeper into how Scrum Teams function. At the third, and highest, level of certification the PSM test covers deeper knowledge, how to use Scrum to help influence organizational change, and how to coach and teach others on the Scrum framework.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a PSM I certification is $101,000 per year.

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Best IT Certifications for 2023

Earning specialized certifications is a surefire way to advance your career in the IT field, regardless of industry or current career level. The right certification validates your skills and knowledge, which makes you more desirable to future employers who want to attract and retain the best employees. Below, we’ll explore the top IT certifications and share how to examine your goals to choose the right path forward. 

We’ve narrowed IT certifications into specific categories to help IT professionals assess what’s available and pursue the best certifications to show their willingness to learn and develop the in-demand career skills employers want.

Best database certifications 

Database platforms have changed greatly over the years, but database technology remains important for various applications and computing tasks. Available certifications for IT professionals include those for database administrators (DBAs), database developers, data analysts and architects, business intelligence, and data warehousing specialists, and other data professionals.

Obtaining database certifications demonstrates an understanding of database concepts, design, implementation, administration and security. This can boost your credibility in the job market and show potential employers that you have the skills needed to work with databases. The best database certifications include the following:

Best SAS certifications 

SAS is one of the world’s leading firms for business analytics, data warehousing and data mining. Today, the SAS Global Certification Program offers 23 credentials across categories including foundation tools, advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management and administration.

SAS programmers remain in high demand, with a quick search of job boards showing thousands of open positions. Obtaining SAS certification shows employers that you are proficient in the company’s popular suite of tools. Some of SAS’s certification programs include the following: 

Many professionals earn certifications to help navigate their career paths. According to the IT Salary Report, 92 percent of information technology professionals have at least one certification.

Best Cisco certifications 

Cisco Systems is a market leader not only in networking and communications products, but also storage networking and solutions for data centers. Cisco offers a variety of certifications for IT professionals, ranging from entry level credentials to expert-level exams. 

These certifications prepare professionals for Cisco-related careers. A search of job boards reveals thousands of open positions for Cisco experts, underscoring the continued relevance of these skills. Some of Cisco’s certifications include the following:

Best Dell certifications 

Dell Technologies remains one of the world’s leading computing companies. In addition to its well-known hardware lineup, Dell also offers solutions for networks, storage, servers, gateways and embedded computing, as well as a broad range of IT and business services.

Becoming certified in Dell products can help make IT professionals competitive in engineering roles for server, virtualization, networking, systems, integration and data security. Additional roles include consultants, account executives, system administrators, IT managers and deployment managers.

Best mobility certifications 

In the mobile era, it has become increasingly important for network engineers to support local, remote and mobile users, as well as provide proper infrastructure. The focus on application and app development now leans more toward mobile environments, requiring security professionals to thoroughly address mobility from all perspectives.

Due to the fast-changing nature of mobile technology, not many mobility certifications have become widely adopted. However, a few of the top mobility certifications can help IT professionals stand out in this rapidly evolving field. 

If part of your job includes selling and implementing an IT solution, you may want to pursue the best sales certifications. You’ll show your organization that you’re willing to go above and beyond to reach sales targets.

Best computer hardware certifications 

As remote and computer-based work has become more common, it’s more important than ever that businesses and individuals be able to maintain their hardware. While discussions about potential computer-related jobs often revolve around software work and coding, jumping into the IT field by becoming a computer technician is an excellent starting point.

Today, thousands of hardware technician jobs are available across the country. Entering this industry becomes more accessible for those who acquire computer hardware certifications. These certifications can showcase your expertise and proficiency in the upkeep of computers, mobile devices, printers and other hardware components.

Best Google Cloud certifications 

IT pros with solid cloud computing skills continue to be in high demand as more companies adopt cloud technologies. Today, Google Cloud is one of the market leaders in the cloud computing space. 

Regardless of where you are in your IT career, engaging with certification programs can demonstrate your willingness to keep on top of rapidly evolving cloud technologies. To that end, Google has introduced a host of certifications for its cloud platform, including the following: 

Best evergreen IT certifications

In the fast-changing world of technology, it can help to focus on certifications that have stood the test of time. “Evergreen” refers to certifications that remain popular year after year. 

The top evergreen certifications are based on accurate pay surveys in IT, reports from IT professionals about certifications they want or pursue the most, and those that appear most frequently in online job postings. Obtaining these credentials is one step toward ensuring that your skills remain relevant for a long time: 

Best IT governance certifications 

IT governance provides structure for aligning a company’s IT with its business strategies. Organizations faced with compliance rigors always need experienced IT pros who can see the big picture and understand technology risks. This means certified IT governance professionals are likely to remain in high demand.

Earning one of the following certifications proves a commitment to understanding the role of IT governance and its position in a company’s current and future success. Getting certified can validate your expert knowledge and lead to advanced career opportunities.

Best system administrator certifications 

An IT system administrator is responsible for managing and maintaining the information technology infrastructure within an organization. The position demands sought-after career skills, ranging from configuring and maintaining servers and clients to managing access controls, network services, and addressing application resource requirements.

If you’re in charge of managing modern servers, there’s a long list of tools and technologies that system administrators must master. Obtaining some of the most prominent system administrator certifications can demonstrate your mastery to potential employers. 

Best ITIL certifications 

ITIL, or Information Technology Infrastructure Library, was developed to establish standardized best practices for IT services within government agencies. Over the ensuing four decades, businesses of all types embraced, modified, and extended ITIL, shaping it into a comprehensive framework for managing IT service delivery. 

The ITIL framework remains the benchmark for best practices in IT service and delivery management, offering certification programs that cater to IT professionals at all levels. These training and certification courses ensure that IT professionals stay well-prepared for the ongoing evolution in IT service delivery management. There are four certifications in the ITIL certification program:

Best enterprise architect certifications 

An IT enterprise architect is responsible for designing and managing the overall structure and framework of an organization’s information technology system. Enterprise architect certifications are among the highest that an IT professional can achieve; fewer than 1 percent ultimately reach this level. 

Enterprise architects are among the highest-paid employees and consultants in the tech industry. These certifications can put IT professionals on a path to many lucrative positions. The average worker earns over six figures annually. Some top enterprise architect certifications are listed below:

To become an enterprise IT architect, you’ll need knowledge of systems deployment, design and architecture, as well as a strong business foundation.

Best CompTIA certifications

CompTIA is a nonprofit trade association made up of more than 2,000 member organizations and 3,000 business partners. The organization’s vendor-neutral certification program is one of the best recognized in the IT industry. Since CompTIA developed its A+ credential in 1993, it has issued more than two million certifications.

CompTIA certifications are grouped by skill set and focus on the real-world skills IT professionals need. Armed with these credentials, you can demonstrate that you know how to manage and support IT infrastructure. 

Best Oracle certifications 

A longtime leader in database software, Oracle also offers cloud solutions, servers, engineered systems, storage, and more. The company has more than 430,000 customers in 175 countries. 

Today, Oracle’s training program offers six certification levels that span 16 product categories with more than 200 individual credentials. Considering the depth and breadth of this program — and the number of Oracle customers — it’s no surprise that Oracle certifications are highly sought after. 

Vendor-specific certifications address a particular vendor’s hardware and software. For example, you can pursue Oracle certifications and Dell certifications to become an expert in those companies’ environments.

Best business continuity and disaster recovery certifications

Business continuity and disaster recovery keep systems running and data available in the event of interruptions or faults. These programs bring systems back to normal operation after a disaster has occurred.

Business continuity and disaster recovery certifications are seeing a healthy uptrend as new cloud-based tools grow in popularity. While business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning have always been essential, they’re becoming more critical than ever — and IT certifications are following suit.

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