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Organizations need their teams to be up-to-date on the latest security risks, threats, technologies and best practices.  But, they have a difficult time finding people that have the skills and qualifications they need.  This makes IT security among the most sought after and most lucrative jobs in the IT industry.   Certifications play a key role in validating your skills to ... Read more

As technology advances, businesses will connect more applications, devices, and people via the cloud and mobile devices. Software and networking are becoming more intertwined as a result. That means technology professionals like you need a broader skill base and more options for specialization.   Join us for a #CiscoChat to learn more about what makes a successful network engineer in ... Read more

“I can always remember the day I passed my first Cisco exam,” recalls Jesus Merchan Reina, “being the big day it was.” That day was a high point in every parent’s life: “I took my exam on my daughter's first birthday, the day she turned one year old.” Jesus laughs that he will never have trouble remembering either milestone.    “It was ... Read more

We're pleased to share with you the following insights from Joe Clarke, a distinguished services engineer and an integral part of the Cisco Engineering team for 20 years. Joe holds a CCIE and is a champion of network programmability and automation. He's a contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and a regular speaker at Cisco Live.   The only constant is change. And in the ... Read more

Sharing high points, a few doubts, and lots of smart decision-making, Eric Taylor explains how he has put certifications to work building expertise and gaining the rewards that come with it.   “I've worked in the IT field for about 15 years now and am currently a VoIP network administrator,” says Eric. “I started out working at a web development company but my real ... Read more

Both of those security career paths have different focuses, and Cisco offers courses that will start you off on either one. In a casual yet super-informative webinar session about building a career in this fulfilling field, host Tom Gilheany, Cisco Portfolio Manager of Security Training and Certifications, brought together four cybersecurity pros from diverse backgrounds. The panelists shared ... Read more

Increasingly, the story of technology is a story about security. Whatever promising conceptual leap or paradigm shift captures the headlines, the news soon focuses on security. Nothing is immune to attack. Dante or Milton would understand the binary nature of today’s security struggle, if not its context: light versus dark; safety versus danger; mine versus yours. Nobody is looking to ... Read more

In autumn 2017, Cisco learning partner Global Knowledge emailed its annual IT Skills and Salary Report to professionals worldwide. More than 16,200 completed the survey upon which this report is based. Ninety-eight percent of responders identify themselves as IT professionals, either IT staff or decision-makers.   In this comprehensive study, many realities emerge about the individual ... Read more

What’s the formula for entering the top echelon of the technology workforce? Is there a key to the abilities and actions that drive promotions and hiring? How does one become included among the best and brightest? Throughout the last six months, I have conducted research aimed at answering just those questions. From focus groups to executive interviews, I’ve collected information from ... Read more

For untold thousands of years, we humans have used music, stories, and dance to unite and entertain ourselves. In prehistoric times, people gathered around a campfire to watch others re-enact hunts and battles, fantasies, and love stories. Our delight in coming together for entertainment runs very, very deep. So a live concert is a tribal experience and a connection—with each other, with ... Read more

Organizations are betting their futures on digital transformation. IDC’s examination of organizational staff needs and industry talent demands indicates that both IT and business leaders boost their odds of winning by attracting and developing fully trained and formally certified IT talent. In developing this view on the future technology workforce, IDC conducted an extensive survey of ... Read more

If you’re considering training and certification to boost your job skills and compensation, the 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report from learning provider Global Knowledge offers keen insights from people who have traveled that route. A glance at the excerpts below should reinforce the value of boosting your job skills—and not just in terms of money. By nearly every measure, those who ... Read more

Perhaps you already know Pearson VUE as the company that delivers the Cisco certification exams. In fact, many of you have sat for one of those exams! Toward the end of 2017, Pearson VUE asked 29,000 test takers just like yourself to weigh in on the merits of certification as part of the Pearson VUE 2017 Value of IT Certification Survey.   The survey audience comprised professionals from ... Read more

You know what DevOps is ... the bringing together of the software development and software operations functions within an organization to speed time to market, improve deployment frequency, lower the failure rate of new releases, and shorten the time between fixes. DevOps relies heavily on automation and monitoring to improve the entire delivery pipeline—focusing on organizational change to ... Read more

This year’s Annual Cybersecurity Report from Cisco is a compelling call to stay vigilant in the face of cyberwarfare. While you could get haunted reading about the increasing sophistication of attackers and become fatalistic or passive in the face of it, the 2018 report makes it clear right from the start that defenders are not in a helpless or hopeless situation. In its opening lines, the ... Read more

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