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DoD Beefing Up Security Skills; Requiring Cisco CCNA Certs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

The Department of Defense (DoD) approved Cisco's CCNA Security certification, adding it as a requirement for information assurance (IA) employees. The certification now falls under Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 8570.01-Manual.

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Security certification focuses on the use of standard security technology and the maintenance of network integrity through troubleshooting and monitoring.

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The DoDD 8570 details guidelines for the training, certification and management of employees in IA positions within the DoD, with the CCNA specifically falling under Information Assurance Technician Levels I and II. Employees in IA must always have a valid approved certification under this directive. The Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program Advisory Council Certification Committee recommended the CCNA for approval.

"Cisco is dedicated to continuously improving the rigor and quality of our career certifications," says Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco. "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."

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited several Cisco certifications in January 2013, including CCNA Security, CCNP Security, CCNA Routing and Switching and CCNP Routing and Switching. ANSI is the United States' representative in the International Organization of Standardization and works to provide criteria for evaluating credentials.

"ANSI accreditation is one of a number of efforts under way to make sure the value of certification remains high and reflects and validates real-world skills that are relevant to the marketplace," says Beliveau-Dunn of the 2013 accreditation.

Other certification providers approved by the DoD include CompTIA, GIAC and (ISC)2.