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600-601 IMINS

Managing Industrial Networks with Cisco Networking Technologies

Exam Number 600-601 IMINS
Associated Certifications Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist
Duration 75 minutes (55 - 65 questions)
Available Languages English
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This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of the OSI layers of IP networks, as well as networking devices like routers and switches, and cabling approaches; specific industrial devices such as drives, PLCs, sensors, and substation equipment; relevant industrial standards and models such as TIA, the Purdue model, and environmental standards; and various safety protocols important in an industrial zone. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Managing Industrial Networks with Cisco Networking Technologies course.

The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed. The following topics are general guidelines for the content that is likely to be included on the practical exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the following guidelines may change at any time without notice.

  • 15%     1.0   Install, Replace, and/or Remove an

      • 1.1   Demonstrate knowledge of different industrial end-point
                devices and the interconnections for those devices to perform
                appropriately in an industrial setting to incorporate elements
                of bandwidth, real-time, precision, etc.
      • 1.2   Given a config script for a topology determine the appropriate
                location for the installation of the industrial ruggedized end-point
                device and how that device will interact with other elements
      • 1.3   Ensure proper industrial network operation of a given end-device
                following replacement by verifying that industrial ruggedized
                elements (ports, IP address, connectivity, subnet mask, default
                gateway) are appropriately configured/connected.
      • 1.4   Demonstrate an understanding of safe physical installation
                of various industrial ruggedized end-devices within an industrial
                setting following a terminal block diagram
  • 23%     2.0   Install, Replace, and/or Remove an
                Infrastructure Device

      • 2.1   Demonstrate a knowledge of how different industrial
                application/network protocols operate within the network
                topology (Ethernet/IP, 61850, etc.)
      • 2.2   Demonstrate familiarity with basic CLI/GUI configuration within
                an industrial network by accessing, configuring, saving, validating
                (ports, IP address, connectivity, subnet mask, default gateway)
                and exiting a network device
      • 2.3   Demonstrate understanding of safe physical installation of
                various industrial ruggedized network devices within an industrial
                setting, (e.g. following a schematic such as a terminal block
                diagram, and the interdependencies of the network infrastructure
      • 2.4   Demonstrate knowledge of different industrial network
                infrastructure devices, their places in the industrial network, and
                the networking/device characteristics such as QoS, precise
                timing, industrial topologies, network resiliency, ruggedization,
                bandwidth, etc
      • 2.5   Illustrate understanding of the interconnections for the full
                network within a validation of the entire industrial network
                connectivity and that it is aligned with the provided design
                diagram (correct number of devices and/or IP addresses,
                cables are properly labelled and connected to the proper places,
                usage of appropriate icons) to include ensuring that configuration
                files are up to date and available
      • 2.6   Illustrate an understanding of the safety and security risks
                (company or industry, e.g. Purdue model) for a given industrial
                infrastructure device and apply the appropriate steps to secure
                it (e.g. are unused ports turned off, telnet versus SSH, https
                versus http, network segmentation.)
  • 10%     3.0   Install, Replace, and/or Remove
                Cables (network and/or power)

      • 3.1   Demonstrate the selection of cable channel for an industrial
                application with appropriate cable and connectors, for example
                two-pair, four-pair cable, high-flex, high- EMI, unshielded, fiber,
                and copper
      • 3.2   Demonstrate safe and secure installation, identification, and
                documentation best practices for various industrial environments
                including grounding, bonding, shielding, etc. (for example:
                TIA1005, TIA568c.0, EN10174, TIA606b, and NEC article 800.)
      • 3.3   Identify the steps and tools for validating the newly installed
                cabling and connectors (for example: TIA568c.2.)
  • 35%     4.0   Troubleshooting

      • 4.1   Layer 1
        • 4.1.a   Identify cable or device issues by visual inspection, test tools,
                      and examining traffic statistics via system logs and/or end
                      devices UIs
        • 4.1.b   Characterize the symptoms associated with a duplex mismatch
      • 4.2   Layer 2
        • 4.2.a   Given a scenario in an industrial setting, troubleshoot a switch
                      port by reviewing the UI, configuration, link lights, and/or looking
                      at counters or packet capture (e.g. multicast, QoS.)
        • 4.2.b   Given network symptoms identify the likely errors and the root
                      causes of those errors (e.g. baud rate, network loops,
                      spanning tree.)
      • 4.3   Layer 3
        • 4.3.a   Given a scenario in an industrial setting, troubleshoot a
                      networking device by reviewing the UI, configuration,
                      addressing/subnet mask, link lights, and/or looking at counters
                      or packet capture (e.g. routing protocol, QoS, duplicate IP.)
        • 4.3.b   Determine if there is layer 3 connectivity using common tools
                      (e.g. trace route, ping, etc.)
      • 4.4   End to End
        • 4.4.a   Determine if there is application connectivity and appropriate
                      industrial performance using common tools (e.g. trace route,
                      ping, telnet, etc.)
      • 4.5   Relevant Networking Issues
        • 4.5.a   Identify and collect relevant troubleshooting information for
                      issue reporting/escalation/duplication.
        • 4.5.b   Demonstrate appropriate knowledge to proactively identify
                      cyber and physical security incidents
        • 4.5.c   Demonstrate an understanding of secure, safe, and
                      non-disruptive methods during industrial network monitoring
                      and diagnosis
  • 17%     5.0   Maintain Appropriate End-Devices
                and Industrial Network Infrastructure

      • 5.1   Given a scenario, ensure reliable back-ups of current configuration
                are being made
      • 5.2   Given a scenario, verify that the appropriate firmware is loaded to
                support the system
      • 5.3   Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maintaining
                updated firmware to minimize security holes
      • 5.4   Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate techniques to
                upload software to a Cisco IOS networking device
      • 5.5   Provided a deployed asset inventory database illustrate an
                understanding of appropriate methods for updating and/or
                maintaining the database (hardware, operating system and patch
                level, which people have access to different systems.)
      • 5.6   Demonstrate an understanding of the conditions that cause
                deterioration of equipment (cables, devices, etc.) as related to
                industrial environments
      • 5.7   As part of the change management process identify the relevant
                documentation artifacts to be maintained for all stakeholders
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