I appeared for the CCIE Security lab on April 8th in San Jose and am thrilled to announce that I am now CCIE #26009. I would like to take a few minutes to give thanks where thanks are due. I first want to thank God for the opportunities, the supportive family environment I have had throughout this process, and the many blessings through an otherwise tough year. Without the exposure of many real world scenarios and support from those around me, this would have been an all but impossible task. I wish to extend special thanks my family for putting up with me and for my lack of availability for the last twelve months as I went through this process.
I would also like to thank Tyson Scott, Brandon Carroll, the entire IPExpert team, and the participants from Online Study Lists (OSL) for being with me every step of the way. This was a tough process, but I can’t imagine it without someone like Tyson to go to when questions arise. Additionally I have also learned from others like @TacAck (Vybhav Ramachandran), @RoutSec (Ryan Schuett) and @InfosecSamurai (Brian Almond) who are going through the same process. In the blogosphere I want to mention that the entries over at the INE blog by Petr Lapukhov are fantastic. I would also like to mention those like Scott Morris, Ryan Schuett, Yusuf Bhaiji, Patrick Lao and others whose participation in Cisco Learning Network has helped me in this process. Additionally, I would like to thank Brian Sak for his efforts in coordinating some resources for employees of Cisco Partners who are studying for the CCIE Security.
I hope to utilize my CCIE to bolster my career to the next level. With many years of general technology consulting under my belt, I have wanted to begin focusing my skills for some time now. I think this is my opportunity to do just that. First and foremost, I want to preserve and cultivate the skills I have learned throughout my studies. Therefore I hope to continue with consulting, but with more focus on the areas of networking and security. Additionally, I hope to position myself in a way that I can give back to the infosec and technology communities in a variety of ways. I plan to continue following the CCIE Security Groups as well as continue participation in the Cisco Learning Network. I’d also like to build a relationship with a Cisco Learning Partner with the hopes of delivering Cisco Security classes on a regular basis.
To all of those who have helped me obtain my CCIE Certification, again I extended to you a sincere thanks.
CCIE #26009 (Security)