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CCNP Wireless – Not for the Faint

I recently had the privilege of reviewing some CCNP Wireless material. Although my CCNA expired a long time ago, I’ve worked with a lot of CCNP’s, CCIE’s, and Cisco gear (including wireless) over the years. I expected the material and content to be similar to other Cisco material I’ve read/studied. I have a CCNP Study Course sitting on my desk, if I can ever get to it.

Anyway, after reviewing the syllabus for CCNP Wireless, I can honestly say that you’re a Cisco Wireless Guru if you can pass all four of the exams without doing at least one cram course or buying the soon-to-be on-the-market Study Guides. You’ll need some strong experience and a good instructor to tackle this beast.
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S w a m p e d . . .

I apologize for my blog “disappearance”. I have been working with people via email on pulling Cisco IDS events into MySQL databases and getting ready for a new adventure with a new employer dealing with web firewalls.

I have spent the last several weeks trying to get my IDS/IPS 6.1.1 E2 software to not implode. We finally got access to the Cisco IDS Team, so things are moving along better now. I have taken the time to enable a few cool tricks with the new IME – similar to how IEV works with CSM. I also have a script to run with PLA to push IDS events into the IDS table for viewing inside the PLA tool – I already had a tweak to pull real-time events from the Cisco IEV database directly into a new web tab on PLA but it didn’t have any history.

More information on these will be forth coming, along with my promised info on network zoning. I also owe Steve a website or two, so those will go up as well. There will also be plenty of WAF info coming to since I’ll be spending 40+ hours a week with the technology.

As always, if there is anything else you’d like to see or if you would like some help, just drop me a line or a comment.

About this blog

Here you’ll find general rants on current events (why can’t we defeat these IED’s?), how to’s on various technical things (double-inline firewall for SCADA security anyone? or HTPC-style silent servers), insights into security, risk, compliance, along with anything else that happens to mind…

If there is something you’re looking for and don’t see it, drop me a line. I’m always happy to help.

What about me…

I spend a great deal of trying to figure out how to do things and why other people have done certain things, so I thought by sharing I might be able to save others time and effort who have similar tasks.

 I am a technology consultant with a wide array of experience in computing, networking, security, business processes, best practices, and project management. I have worked for several small business owners as well as Fortune 500 companies in various industries ranging from Industrial Manufacturing and Telecommunications to Retail Outlets and Public Utilities. I started with Novel 3.12 and Visual Basic 4, moved to switched Cisco networks and MicroFocus Cobol talking to Oracle databases then moved on to MPLS VPNs on Juniper routers and hacking/testing smartphones. I’ve been the user, developer, architect, engineer, operator, on-call engineer, team leader, supervisor, manager, and staff manager.

 Along the way, I met up with the great folks at SANS and fell in love all over again with how things work they way they work and how I could make sure my employer / customers were kept safe from potential threats.

I obtained my first vendor certification on ‘Windows NT Server 4.0 in the Enterprise’ back in 1997 and my Cisco CCNA expired years ago. I eventually moved on to three (3) different SANS certifications [ GCFW, GCIA, GCIH ] and re-certified on the GCFW before obtaining my CISSP.

If it routes, switches, or blinks I can fix it or tell you how to go about fixing it, in most cases. I don’t talk a lot, I learn more by listening and observing.

Come on in!