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2. Networking Fundamentals

Label KSAC Description Bloom's Taxonomy Level Cross-Cutting
a Apply networking fundamentals to infrastructure in an organization skill 3
b Understand the OSI model, identify the layers and how they applies to an example network knowledge 2
c Identify the layers of the OSI Model. knowledge 2 Networking 3c
d Summarize the responsibilities of each layer of the OSI Model. knowledge 2 Networking 3d
e Explain how the OSI Model is applied in networking. knowledge 3 Networking 3e
f Configure IPv4 subnets. skill 1 Networking 3f
g Compare public IP addresses and private IP addresses. knowledge 2 Networking 3g
h Identify IPv4 address network ID (Class A, Class B, Class C). knowledge 2 Networking 3h
i Interpret classless network ID (CIDR block notation). knowledge 2 Networking 3i
j Explain IPv6 knowledge 2
k Explain DNS traffic knowledge 2 Networking 3a
l Explain domain naming conventions (UNC path, FQDN, host name). knowledge 3 Networking 3j
m Explain how DNS works. knowledge 2
n Compare Network Address Translation and Port Address Translation (NAT vs PAT). knowledge 2 Networking 3k
o Draw a network diagram. skill 3 Networking 3l
p Analyze the output from networking utilities (e.g. Netstat, Tracert, Traceroute, Ping, IPConfig, IFConfig). ability 3 Networking 3m
q Discuss network software integration (client software (e.g. Windows 10 or Ubuntu) and server software). ability 3 Networking 3n
r Discuss network hardware integration (workstations, desktop, mobile devices). knowledge 2 Networking 3o
s Communicate best practices for troubleshooting networking issues knowledge 3 Networking 3p



  1. Security+
  2. Network+
  3. Cloud+
  4. CEH
  5. GSEC
  6. CAP


  1. CCNA
  2. CYSA+


  1. CASP
  2. CISSP
  3. CISA
  4. CISM
  5. CRISC
  6. CCSP