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IPv6 for CCNA - Allan Johnson

May 14, 2014
12:00pm PT

Antennas: Understanding "Gain", "Radiation Pattern" and Antenna Types - Jerome Henry

May 30, 2014
12:00pm PT

Identity Management Concepts - Natalie Timms

June 13, 2014
12:00pm PT

Overlays in Massive Scale Data Centers (MSDCs) - Sanjay Hooda, Shyam Kapadia and Padmanabhan Krishnan

June 27, 2014
12:00pm PT

Meet the Presenters

Wendell Odom - Best-Selling Author and Educator


Wendell (CCIE No. 1624) is one of the most respected author of Cisco networking books in the world. His past titles include books on the entry-level Cisco certifications (CCENT and CCNA), the more advanced CCNP, and the industry-renowned CCIE. His books are known for their technical depth and accuracy. Wendell has worked as a network engineer, consultant, instructor, course developer, and book author, and he has produced videos, software, and blogs related to Cisco certifications.


Author of: Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Official Cert Guide Library



Omar Santos - Senior Incident Manager of Cisco's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT)


He mentors and leads engineers and incident managers during the investigation and resolution of security vulnerabilities in all Cisco products. Omar has over 17 years of experience (13 at Cisco) working with information technology and cyber security. Omar has designed, implemented, and supported numerous secure networks for Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government. Prior to his current role, he was a technical leader within the World Wide Security Practice and Cisco's Technical Assistance Center (TAC), where he taught, led, and mentored many engineers within both organizations.


Co-Author of: Cisco ASA: All-in-One Firewall, IPS, Anti-X, and VPN Adaptive Security Appliance, 2nd Edition




Jazib Frahim - Principal Engineer in the Security Services Practice of Cisco's Advanced Services


Jazib (CCIE No. 5459) is responsible for guiding customers in the design and implementation of their networks with a focus in network security. He also leads a team of solutions architects to guide them through the lifecycle of services and solutions development. He is also engaged into the development of customer focused services such as Managed Threat Defense (MTD), Bring your own device (BYOD), Connected Industries (CI). Jazib holds two CCIEs, one in routing and switching and the other in security.


Co-Author of: Cisco ASA: All-in-One Firewall, IPS, Anti-X, and VPN Adaptive Security Appliance, 2nd Edition




Gustavo A. A. Santana - Cisco Technical Solutions Architect


Gustavo (CCIE No. 8806) works in enterprise and service provider data center projects that require a greater integration among multiple technology areas such as networking, application optimization, storage, and servers. With more than 15 years of experience in the data center industry, Gustavo has led and coordinated a team of specialized Cisco engineers in Brazil. A true believer of education as a technology catalyst, he has also dedicated himself to the technical development of many IT professionals from customer, partner, and strategic alliance organizations. In addition to holding two CCIE certifications (Routing & Switching and Storage Networking), Gustavo is also a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and an SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert (SCSN-E). A frequent speaker at Cisco and data center industry events, he holds a degree in computer engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica  (ITA-Brazil) and an MBA in strategic IT management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-Brazil).


Author of: Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals: Understanding Techniques and Designs for Highly Efficient Data Centers with Cisco Nexus, UCS, MDS, and Beyond




Aaron Woland - Senior Secure Access Engineer at Cisco Systems


Aaron (CCIE No. 20113) works with Cisco's largest customers all over the world. His primary job responsibilities include secure access and ISE deployments, solution enhancements, futures, and escalations. Aaron joined Cisco in 2005 and is currently a member of numerous security advisory boards. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent 12 years as a consultant and technical trainer. His areas of expertise include network and host security architecture and implementation, regulatory compliance, and routing and switching. Aaron is the author of many white papers and design guides, including the TrustSec 2.0 Design and Implementation Guide and the NAC Layer 3 OOB Using VRFs for Traffic Isolation design guide. He is also a distinguished speaker at Cisco Live for topics related to identity and is a security columnist for Network World , where he blogs on all things related to identity. Additional certifications include CCSP, CCNP, CCDP, Certified Ethical Hacker, MCSE, and many other industry certifications.


Co-Author of: Cisco ISE for BYOD and Secure Unified Access




Jamey Heary - Distinguished Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems


Jamey (CCIE No. 7680) works as a trusted security advisor to Cisco customers and business groups. He is also a featured security columnist for Network World, where he blogs on all things security. Jamey sits on the PCI Security Standards Council-Board of Advisors, where he provides strategic and technical guidance for future PCI standards. Jamey is the author of Cisco NAC Appliance: Enforcing Host Security with Clean Access. He also has a patent pending on a new DDoS mitigation technique. Jamey sits on numerous security advisory boards for Cisco Systems and is a founding member of the Colorado Healthcare InfoSec Users Group. His other certifications include CISSP, and he is a Certified HIPAA Security Professional. He has been working in the IT field for 19 years and in IT security for 15 years.


Co-Author of: Cisco ISE for BYOD and Secure Unified Access




Scott Empson - Chair of the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology degree program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Scott teaches Cisco routing, switching, network design, and leadership courses in a variety of different programs (certificate, diploma, and applied degree) at the postsecondary level. Scott is also the program coordinator of the Cisco Networking Academy Program at NAIT, an Area Support Centre for the province of Alberta. He has a Masters of Education degree along with three undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English; a Bachelor of Education, again with a major in English/Language Arts; and a Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology, with a major in Network Management. He currently holds several industry certifications, including CCNP, CCDP, CCAI, C|EH and Network+. Before instructing at NAIT, he was a junior/senior high school English/language arts/computer science teacher at different schools throughout Northern Alberta. Scott lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife, Trina, and two children, Zachariah and Shaelyn.


Author of: CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide, 3rd Edition




Akhil Behl - Solutions Architect with Cisco Advanced Services


Akhil Behl CCIE No. 19564, is a Solutions Architect with Cisco Advanced Services, focusing on Cisco Collaboration and Security architectures. He leads Collaboration and Security engagements worldwide for the commercial and enterprise segment. He is an acting Technical Lead and Program manager for Collaborative Professional Services Portfolio. Akhil has over 10 years of experience being in various roles at Linksys and the Cisco Technical Assistance Center and Cisco Advanced Services.He holds CCIE (Voice and Security), PMP, ITIL, VMware VCP, CEH, ISO/IEC 27002, and MCP certifications. He has published several research papers in national and international journals, including IEEE-Xplore. He has been a speaker at prominent industry forums such as Interop, Enterprise Connect, Cloud Connect, Cloud Summit, Cisco SecCon, IT Expo, and Cisco Networkers.


Author of: Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks




Tim SzigetiTim Szigeti - Senior Technical Leader in the System Design Unit at Cisco Systems


Tim Szigeti, CCIE#9794, is a senior technical leader in the System Design Unit at Cisco Systems, where his role is to design network architectures for enterprise mobility solutions. He has also specialized in Quality of Service technologies for the past fifteen years, during which he has authored many technical papers, as well as the Cisco Press Books.


Co-Author of: End-to-End QoS Network Design: Quality of Service for Rich-Media & Cloud Networks





Rob BartonRob Barton - Senior Systems Engineer working in the Canada Public Sector Operation at Cisco Systems


Rob Barton, CCIE #6660 (R&S and Security), CCDE 2013::6 is a senior Systems Engineer working in the Canada Public Sector Operation. Rob is a registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years, the last 13 of which have been at Cisco. Rob Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Engineering Physics where he specialized in computer and radio communications. Rob's areas of interest include Connected Energy Network solutions, QoS, and wireless.


Co-Author of: End-to-End QoS Network Design: Quality of Service for Rich-Media & Cloud Networks





Allan JohnsonAllan Johnson - Cisco Networking Academy Instructor


Allan Johnson entered the academic world in 1999 after ten years as a business owner/operator to dedicate his efforts to his passion for teaching. He holds both an MBA and an M.Ed. in Occupational Training and Development. He is an information technology instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Allan began to commit much of his time and energy to the CCNA Instructional Support Team, providing services to Networking Academy instructors worldwide and creating training materials. He now works full-time for Cisco Networking Academy as a learning systems developer.


Author of: 31 Days Before Your CCENT Certification Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the ICND1 (100-101) Certification Exam, 2nd Edition


Available May 9th: 31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the ICND2 (200-101) Certification Exam, 3rd Edition





Natalie TimmsNatalie Timms


Natalie is a former program manager with the CCIE certification team at Cisco, managing exam curriculums and content for the CCIE Security track before becoming an independent consultant. She has been involved with computer networking for more than 20 years, much of which was spent with Cisco as a Technical Leader and has contributed at the IETF standards level and is a US Patent holder. Natalie is a guest blogger on for Network Computing and other social media sites and is also a CiscoPress author.


Author of: CCIE Security Practice Labs





Sanjay K. HoodaSanjay K. Hooda - Principal Engineer in Catalyst switching software engineering at Cisco


Sanjay has more than 15 years of network design and implementation experience in large enterprise environments, and has participated in IETF standards activities. His interests include wireless, multicast, TRILL, FabricPath, High Availability, ISSU, and IPv6. He is co-author of IPv6 for Enterprise Networks.


Co-Author of: Using TRILL, FabricPath, and VXLAN: Designing Massively Scalable Data Centers (MSDC) with Overlays





Shyam KapadiaShyam Kapadia - Technical Leader at Cisco’s Data Center Group (DCG)


Shyam was an integral part of the team that delivered the next-generation Catalyst 6500 Sup 2T (2 Terabyte) platform. Since then, he has focused on developing new solutions for data center environments. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from USC, where his research encompassed wired, wireless, ad hoc, vehicular, and sensor networks.


Co-Author of: Using TRILL, FabricPath, and VXLAN: Designing Massively Scalable Data Centers (MSDC) with Overlays





Padmanabhan KrishnanPadmanabhan Krishnan - Software Engineer for Cisco


Paddu has more than 12 years of experience in networking and telecommunications, including 7 at Cisco. His recent experience has included providing data path solutions for TRILL in the Catalyst 6500 Sup 2T Platform using FPGA, as well as design and development of platform core infrastructure and L2 features.


Co-Author of: Using TRILL, FabricPath, and VXLAN: Designing Massively Scalable Data Centers (MSDC) with Overlays






Jerome HenryJerome Henry - Technical Marketing Engineering - Wireless Enterprise Networking Group at Cisco Systems


Jerome (CWNE #45, CCIE Wireless #24750) has close to 15 years experience teaching technical Cisco courses in more than 15 different countries and 4 different languages, to audiences ranging from Bachelor degree students to networking professionals and Cisco internal system engineers. Jerome is also an IEEE 802.11 group member, where he was elevated to the grade of Senior Member in 2013, and also participates to Wi-Fi Alliance working groups. With more than 10000 hours in the classroom, Jerome was awarded the IT Training Award best Instructor silver medal in 2009.


Jerome's Offering on Cisco Press: Wi-Fi Fundamentals LiveLessons: A CCNA Wireless and CWNA Primer