Here, you will find the latest news on Cisco certifications, links to video offerings from TechWiseTV, and upcoming events such as Networkers and those provided through Networking Professionals Connection.


Cisco Career Certifications Update: New CCNA Concentrations and the Cisco Learning Network

Cisco is pleased to announce the release of three new associate-level certifications as well as a brand new social networking site geared towards IT Professionals. These new additions to Cisco's training program play a major role in the global development of IT talent worldwide.

CCNA Concentrations

CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless, and CCNA Voice are relevant, role-based certifications designed with today's IT professional in mind. Designed to build upon Cisco's most popular career certification CCNA, these highly specialized, associate-level concentrations offer individuals a career stepping stone in the converged technologies that make up today's sophisticated network. In addition, IT professionals wishing to broaden or add specialized skills to their technology expertise while differentiating themselves in the marketplace will find these specializations a valuable addition:

  • CCNA Voice validates a candidate's skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions. Candidates also get exposure to the Cisco Unified Communications architecture and design covering mobility, presence, and TelePresence applications.
  • CCNA Security validates a candidate's skills including troubleshooting and monitoring of Cisco network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data.
  • CCNA Wireless validates a candidate's skills in the configuration, implementation and support of wireless LANs; specifically, those networks using Cisco equipment.

According to a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Cisco, there is a pervasive need for networking skills throughout multiple functions of current and future IT organizations. CCNA concentrations meet this need, providing a stepping stone for individuals looking to enhance their skill set and prepare for new roles managing converged networks.

The Cisco Learning Network

The Cisco Learning Network was created to be the premier online social network for Cisco certified personnel, IT professionals, students, career changers, and anyone interested in a career in IT. This community allows users to interact, collaborate, learn, mentor, and prepare for certification exams through:

  • Discussion forums
  • Blogs
  • Video interviews
  • Wikis
  • Other Web 2.0 technologies

The Cisco Learning Network provides Cisco customers, partners, and employees the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge, training, mentoring, and support as they develop their careers through Cisco certifications.

Together, the new CCNA concentrations and Cisco Learning Network provide current and future networking professionals with a lifecycle of learning blueprint for career advancement.

Please visit the Cisco Learning Network today.

You need to register on the Cisco Learning Network to access the premium content and participate in the social networking activities.

Individuals who already have a account are encouraged to use the same user ID and email address when registering on the Cisco Learning Network site.



TechWiseTV: "Data Loss Prevention from the Inside Out"

Suddenly, data loss prevention is becoming a huge priority for IT professionals, and no wonder. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports that 93.8 million personal records have been reported lost or stolen since 2005 alone. Further, Ponemon Institute estimates that each data breach now costs the average company $6.3 million. Most of these losses are caused by careless or naive employees, not hackers or data thieves. With Internet access now a constant from almost everywhere, how do you ensure that confidential or valuable data is not exposed or released by authorized users?

TechWiseTV will reveal the practical steps and solutions you can implement now to control a growing problem that Gartner Research has termed "epidemic." Get insider updates about the primary data loss prevention technologies available to you, direct from the floor of the 2008 RSA conference.

This 60-minute episode will show you:

  • Three primary loss vectors that you must assess for your organization
  • How to implement integrated scanning and remediation, content filtering, and blocking without burdening end users or disrupting legitimate access
  • Why monitoring and measuring can be just as important as prevention
  • New ways to safeguard data on USB keys and other portable storage devices

Learn more and register to view today.

Technical Training with Cisco Live Virtual

Get connected to more than 300 technical training and educational sessions with a membership to Cisco Live Virtual. Browse the unique 3D virtual environment using guest access and view a complimentary session online now.

With your US$250 subscription, you will have access to many of the technical sessions presented by Cisco engineers, technology experts, and training partners from Cisco Live 2008. And you can participate in live interactive webcasts and Second Life TechChats, link to discussion forums, and network with peers.

More than 10,000 networking professionals attend Cisco Live technical training to extend their knowledge base and skills. Now you have the opportunity to experience the same technical training online.

Subscribe today and begin your training.


Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Events and TechTalks from Networking Professionals Connection

  • Ask the Expert
    • "NAC Guest Server," now through July 25
    • "Cisco Unified Border Element," now through July 25

Note: "Ask the Expert" events are subject to rescheduling. Please refer to the URL above for the most current schedule.

To attend an event or participate in a discussion forum, visit Networking Professionals Connection today.

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