The PMG NetAnalyst® certification is program designed to enable IT and
networking professionals to understand networking from the wire level
all the way up through applications that use the network to operate and
communicate. This program has been around since 1995, and numbers over
2,500 professional among its certified population. At a fundamental
level, NetAnalyst certifications tackle the subject of network
forensics, which is taken to mean the informed capture, inspection, and
analysis of network traffic and behavior to deliver information for
various purposes. Thus, topics covered throughout all three credentials
include network characterization and baselining to understand what
typical networking behavior and usage look like, to digging into
specific scenarios related to intrusion attempts, security breaches,
network saturation, application activity, unauthorized access, and so

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Level 1 NetAnalyst: Cross Technology

· This credential requires that its holders understand basic
network forensics, including core theory and technologies, and know how
to construct a big picture view of a network. The term
"cross-technology" is an important key because truly understanding
a network's behavior and characteristics means knowing what kinds of
hardware and software elements make up a network's infrastructure, as
well as what kinds of software (particularly applications) and
activities best describe how it's used and what it's used for. This
requires individuals to use multiple tools and techniques to develop
such an understanding, and that they be able to move among the various
vendor-specific platforms and technologies that comprise a network
infrastructure as needed.

· The Level 1 credential matches up with a 5-day class on
Network Theory and Principles. This class covers TCP standards,
performance, flow control, and troubleshooting, along with IP
subnetting, addressing, and fragmentation. It also includes coverage of
ARP, ICMP, and routing algorithms, as well as Ethernet specific
standards and characteristics, cabling and switches, VLANs, Qos and
traffic engineering topics, and more. Candidates must pass a single
exam to earn this credential, consisting of 60 multiple-choice
questions in a 90 minute period.

Level 2 NetAnalyst: Architect

· This credential requires its holders to understand how
networks are organized, how they operate, and how applications and
services look and behave as they transit across a network. This means
that qualified individuals must know how to monitor, capture, analyze
and resolve complex networking issues. The architect label is intended
to describe a deep and thorough understanding of how basic networking
principles involved in design, implementation, maintenance, and
troubleshooting play into dealing with specific networking situations,
behaviors, and outright pathologies.

· The Level 2 credential also matches up with a 5-day class on
Network Troubleshooting Essentials. This class begins with an in-depth
analysis of the OSI network reference model and proceeds through each
of its seven layers to describe and demonstrate how each one operates
and behaves. Topics covered include Ethernet operation and analysis,
wireless 802.11 b/g/n Ethernet networks, switched network analysis and
VLANs, IP operation and analysis, TCP throughput and latency analysis,
and a look at specific TCP based application layer protocols including
HTTP, FTP, and more. Students work with a protocol analyzer to complete
numerous hands-on labs and exercises, as they proceed through the
course materials in class. Candidates must pass a single exam to earn
this credential, consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions in a
90-minute period. The Level 1 credential is normally a pre-requisite
for this credential, though exemptions may be appealed on a
case-by-case basis.

Level 3 NetAnalyst: Elite

· This credential requires its holders be able to use a
protocol analyzer well, that they understand TCP/IP protocols in depth,
and that they know how to dig into specific TCP/IP applications and
services at an expert level to illustrate or characterize behavior,
diagnose potential or actual pathologies, and to ferret out networking
factors that contribute to network performance and problems.

· The Level 3 credential matches up with a 5-day class on
Network Performance Forensics. This class includes in-depth coverage of
some or all of the following topics (depending on student interests,
depth of coverage, and instructor inclination): application layer
protocols such as Voice over IP (VoIP), SMTP, FTP, DHCP/WINS/DNS, and
more. Broadcast analysis, Qos validation, network design and IP
multicast can also number among its topics if students wish to dig into
these subjects and time permits such coverage. Students work with a
protocol analyzer as the primary hands-on and lab activity in this
class, and spend significant time working through case studies and
detailed scenarios. Candidates must pass a single exam to earn this
credential, consisting of 15 questions and 5 short essays in a
90-minute period. The Level 2 credential is a pre-requisite for this

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