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February 13, 2014

Department of Defense Approves of Cisco's CCNA Security Certification

Cisco (News - Alert) has recently announced that its industry leading CCNA Security Certification has been approved as a Department of Defense (DoD) 8570.01-M Certification. Cisco, well known for its commitment towards excellence in education and certifications, has been approved for its compliance with the rigorous standards for cybersecurity.

Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) certification, designed for networking professionals, denotes the associate-level knowledge and skills, such as  developing security infrastructure; recognizing threats and vulnerabilities to networks; and mitigating security threats, which are considered essential while providing security to the Cisco networks.

The certification curriculum focuses on core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices that help to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, as well as the competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure.

In a release, Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco, said, "Cisco is dedicated to continuously improving the rigor and quality of our career certifications. The announcement that CCNA Security is now approved for DoD Information Assurance Technician Levels I and II highlights our commitment to ensuring we align our training with future cybersecurity job roles and meet the highest standards in the industry for educational programs. This accreditation is one of a number of initiatives that Cisco is driving to enhance the value of our certifications. Cisco certifications provide the technical skills and depth of knowledge required for professionals to stand out in today's job market, while enabling a competitive advantage for their employers."

All DoD employees are required to carry an approved certification pertaining to their particular job role and classification. As of January 15, 2014, CCNA Security certification has been approved for DoD Information Assurance Technician Levels I and II, based on the recommendation of the Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program Advisory Council Certification Committee.

The certification meets the requirements of the DoD 8570.01-M Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. Cisco’s robust networking certification portfolio has been recognized as the first vendor that meets the ANSI’s ISO 17024 standard. Richard Hale (News - Alert), Deputy CIO, Cybersecurity, Department of Defense, said, "We appreciate the effort your organization has shown in working with the cybersecurity community to support the assessment of this certification."

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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