SKILL BENCHMARK

Networking Awareness

  • 25m
  • 25 questions
The Networking Awareness benchmark will measure your ability to recognize key terms and concepts related to key networking concepts. You will be evaluated on switches, routers, wireless, IP addressing, and security threats. A learner who scores high on this benchmark demonstrates that they have an awareness of different networking concepts.

Topics covered

  • describe malware and the dangers it poses to computer networks
  • describe the basic purpose of logical addresses in computer networking
  • describe the basic purpose of routing in computer networking
  • describe the Domain Name System (DNS) and its purpose
  • describe the evolution, protocols, and basic functionality of email
  • describe the features and benefits of Ethernet
  • describe the OSI model and identify its seven layers
  • describe the primary protocols at Layer 4 of the OSI model, TCP and UDP
  • describe the purpose of Ethernet switches
  • describe the purpose of switches and access points, including wireless access points, in computer networking
  • describe the purpose of wireless access points and their features
  • describe the TCP/IP networking model and identify its layers
  • describe what constitutes a computer network and the type of information that can be shared
  • discuss how IP addresses are assigned using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • discuss IPv6 and the reasons for its implementation
  • discuss social engineering and how hackers utilize it to compromise networks
  • discuss the differences between static and dynamic routing
  • discuss the origins of Wi-Fi and how it has affected networking
  • identify common security threats to computer networks
  • identify the features of network interface cards (NICs) and MAC addresses
  • identify the purpose of IPv4 subnetting
  • identify the purpose of routers, the types of routers, and how they can be used as residential gateways
  • identify the purpose of SSIDs and how they're used to facilitate connectivity
  • identify the three main components of networks and their respective purpose
  • identify the three types of media used for network communication