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it observer – cisco enhances recertification policy for ccs

March 17th, 2005

San Jose — Cisco Systems(R) (NASDAQ:CSCO) today announced an enhancement to the recertification policy for the CCSP professional level certification. In addition to passing any CCIE written exam, or achieving the CCIE Expert level certification, effective immediately, the Cisco SAFE Implementation (CSI) exam, will now serve to recertify the CCSP professional level certification.

“In today´s fast paced Internet economy, recertification is a tangible indication, to both IT professionals and the organizations that employ them, that Cisco certification holders are current on the latest technology trends,” said Don Field, director of certifications at Cisco. “The CCSP recertification policy highlights Cisco´s commitment to address an industry-wide need for qualified technicians who can plan, implement, operate, and troubleshoot Cisco security solutions.”

The CCSP certification indicates training in advanced knowledge of securing Cisco networks. With a CCSP, a network professional can secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity and reduce costs. The content emphasizes topics such as perimeter security, virtual private networks, intrusion protection, as well as, how to combine these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution.

CCSP certifications are valid for three years from the date they are awarded, and must be renewed prior to their expiration date. To determine the current status of a CCSP certification, visit the Cisco Career Certifications Tracking System at: www.cisco.com/go/certifications/login

Training and Availability

Authorized Cisco training is available from a global network of Cisco Learning Partners and the Partner E-Learning Connection.

For complete details about the training and exam requirements for the CCSP and other certifications, visit: www.cisco.com/go/certifications.

Training may be purchased using Cisco Learning Credits, an easy method of payment for Cisco authorized training, redeemable through participating Cisco Learning Partners worldwide. For information about Cisco Learning Credits, visit: www.cisco.com/go/learningcredits.

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