Getting to know you....

Hello and welcome! My name is Michael Watkins and during the month of May, I have been invited to host a blog for Network World. I am very excited by this honor and just know we will have a lot of fun! Our topic this month will focus on Security and more specifically, the world of CCNA Security. Based on your feedback with regard to what you would like to see in this blog, we can chat about such things as exam tips, topics from the world of CCNA Security, or even more broadly, we can explore the path to CCSP and the topics along the way. Since this is our first “meeting” so to speak, let me tell you a little about myself. I began my career in computer networking and technology in the early 90s while working for a non-profit. It seems that a grant I had written for a small computer lab had received funding….but not much funding…so I was the guy who needed to put it all together and make it work. I somehow stumbled through it and files were shared and documents printed, and we even connected to the Internet…dial-up of course! Ah, the good old days! Well, despite the fact that I really knew little about computers or networks, what I did know was that I loved to learn and through this trial and error process, I had learned a ton and I was hooked! Not that many years later I found an opportunity to combine my love of learning and teaching with my new found zeal for technology and began teaching networking and computer courses. Over these many years my background has spanned everything from desktop Oss to hard core programming, web development, to our topics here- the world of Cisco Security. Along the way I picked up a few industry certifications and currently hold the CCNP/CCNVP/CCSP/CCSI certifications from Cisco. Through all of this, I have always found the process of studying for these certifications the most reward part of it all. Of course, it’s hard to beat that feeling when the final screen tells you that you passed! Well, that’s a little about me and my background and likely a good place to start for the day. As we move forward, I will be adding postings initially about the CCNA Security process and then on other security related topics that we both may find of interest. Take care- talk with you soon!

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