Best Computer Networking Certifications for 2014

Best Computer Networking Certifications for 2014

IT professionals skilled in the many areas of networking remain in high demand in today's job market. Those who are serious about a career in networking should consider one or more of these best networking certifications in order to set themselves apart from the competition.

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Ed Tittel is a 30-year-plus IT veteran who's worked as a programmer, technical manager, instructor, network consultant and technical evangelist for companies including Burroughs, Schlumberger, Novell, IBM/Tivoli and NetQoS. He has written for numerous publications and is the author of over 140 books with a special emphasis on information security, Web markup languages and development tools, and Windows operating systems.

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Best IT Certifications for 2014

When it comes to the care and feeding of modern networks, there's quite a laundry list of tools and technologies that qualified IT professionals must master -- especially those who aspire to work as Network Administrators.

In addition to the servers and clients that make up the end-points in such environments, there's a LOT of network infrastructure to worry about nowadays, too. This includes, switches, routers, plus many of a raft of network appliances such as Unified Threat Management (UTM), firewalls, WAN optimization, spam and e-mail filtering, content filtering, and a whole lot more. 

Getting your head around all of the different certification options and specialties can be challenging. Some well-known, highly regarded networking certifications can help.

In this article we look at five networking certifications I consider to be leaders in the field of networking. Most of them will be familiar, but there might be at least one (hopefully pleasant) surprise in our 2014 line-up. 

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