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Cisco tweaks certs for changing IT landscape

CCIE, CCNA designations to reflect new disciplines brought on by IoT, SDN and cloud

Cisco this week updated its certification program reflect the changing skills sets needed as the industry moves to Internet of Things, cloud and network programmability. The company’s Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) Data Center and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security have been “refreshed,” Cisco says, to reflect these new disciplines.

CCIE Data Center version 2.0 certifies skills needed to design, implement and troubleshoot modern data center infrastructure. Version 2.0 provides skills focused on end-to-end management of complex data centers aimed at policy-based infrastructure, advanced virtualization, orchestration and automation.

Additions of skills in Verison 2.0 are aimed at evolving technologies – including IoT, SDN and Cloud – and their impact on architectural framework, deployment models, implementation, and operations.

In addition, Cisco is revising all of its “expert-level” CCIE and Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification programs to ensure that those certified are equipped to participate in discussions about new technical areas for business strategy and operations. The revisions include a new assessment approach to ensure that candidates demonstrate knowledge

and skills with evolving technologies such as Network Programmability, Cloud and IoT. Written and lab exam topics will attempt to demonstrate that candidates possess a holistic view of each exam domain.

CCNA Security is founded on skills needed to build secure infrastructure, implement controls, enforce security policies and assist in addressing security issues. The refreshed CCNA Security expands its focus from network security to end-to-end IT security, with an emphasis on core technologies and skills needed to maintain enterprise information systems.

Training and exams now include newer technologies, such as 802.1x, ISE, BYOD, cloud Web security, cloud & virtualization, and Cisco’s FirePOWER, FireSIGHT and Advanced Malware Protection, Cloud and Virtualization technologies.

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