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300-620 Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)

300-620 DCACI
Certifications: CCNP Data Center, Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center ACI Implementation
Duration: 90 minutes

This exam tests your knowledge of Cisco switches in ACI mode including:
- ACI Fabric Infrastructure
- ACI Packet Forwarding
- External Network Connectivity
- Integrations
- ACI Management
- ACI Anywhere

Exam Description
The Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure v1.0 (DCACI 300-620) exam is a 90-minute exam that is associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification and Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center ACI Implementation certifications. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco switches in ACI mode including configuration, implementation, and management. The course, Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI), helps candidates to prepare for this exam.

20% 1.0 ACI Fabric Infrastructure
1.1 Describe ACI topology and hardware
1.2 Describe ACI Object Model
1.3 Utilize faults, event record, and audit log
1.4 Describe ACI fabric discovery
1.5 Implement ACI policies
1.5.a access
1.5.b fabric
1.6 Implement ACI logical constructs
1.6.a tenant
1.6.b application profile
1.6.c VRF
1.6.d bridge domain (unicast routing, Layer 2 unknown hardware proxy, ARP flooding)
1.6.e endpoint groups (EPG)
1.6.f contracts (filter, provider, consumer, reverse port filter, VRF enforced)
15% 2.0 ACI Packet Forwarding
2.1 Describe endpoint learning
2.2 Implement bridge domain configuration knob (unicast routing, Layer 2 unknown hardware proxy, ARP flooding)
20% 3.0 External Network Connectivity
3.1 Implement Layer 2 out (STP/MCP basics
) 3.2 Implement Layer 3 out (excludes transit routing and VRF route leaking)
15% 4.0 Integrations
4.1 Implement VMware vCenter DVS integration
4.2 Describe resolution immediacy in VMM
4.3 Implement service graph (managed and unmanaged)
20% 5.0 ACI Management
5.1 Implement out-of-band and in-band
5.2 Utilize syslog and snmp services
5.3 Implement configuration backup (snapshot/config import export)
5.4 Implement AAA and RBAC
5.5 Configure an upgrade
10% 6.0 ACI Anywhere
6.1 Describe multipod
6.2 Describe multisite

Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)
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Killexams : Cisco Infrastructure student - BingNews Search results Killexams : Cisco Infrastructure student - BingNews Killexams : University of Washington computer science school creates ‘future of cloud infrastructure’ center The Allen School at the University of Washington. (Photo courtesy of Mark Stone/University of Washington) © Provided by Geekwire The Allen School at the University of Washington. (Photo courtesy of Mark Stone/University of Washington)

Seattle’s cloud computing prowess just got another boost.

The University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering unveiled a new hub called the Center for the Future of Cloud Infrastructure, or FOCI.

The goal is to create a stronger bridge between industry and academia as it relates to current and future cloud computing technologies.

“It will help us spot long-term pain points quicker and develop solutions in a way that are easier to adopt by industry,” said Ratul Mahajan, co-director of the FOCI Center. “It will also help ensure that our students are up-to-date with where the industry is at present and become the force that drives the industry forward.”

The center, which is hosting a launch event Friday, has established a technical advisory board with representatives from Alibaba, Cisco, Google, Microsoft and VMware. It is funded by industry commitments totaling $3.75 million over three years.

The center was created based on the belief that cloud computing will evolve as demand for machine learning, edge computing, 5G, and other technologies increases. That means rethinking how the cloud remains resilient and secure, and also sustainable given the energy demand for computation.

“There are a set of systems issues related to cloud computing that are five or seven or 10 years out, both in terms of when they are likely to hit, and how long it will take to develop and deploy solutions,” said Ed Lazowska, a longtime Allen School professor and former chair of the computer science department. “Companies are scrambling to deal with the challenges they face next week and next month and next year. Looking five years out is not something they can do.”

The center adds even more cloud computing credibility to the Seattle region, often referred to as “Cloud City” given that industry leaders Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are based in the area, along with others including Google Cloud and VMware, which have regional offices.

It’s the latest connection between the UW and tech industry partners. Earlier this year the Allen School launched the Meta AI Mentorship Program, allowing PhD students to collaborate with Meta researchers. Amazon and the UW announced in February that they would partner on a new “Science Hub” funded with an initial $1.9 million investment from the company. And Microsoft is a big backer of computer science buildings and programs.

There are also a number of computer science professors that split their time on campus and at tech companies or organizations, including Yejin Choi, a senior research manager at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) who just won a $800,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.

Mahajan, an associate professor at the UW’s Allen School, previously co-founded and led a Seattle startup called Intentionet that recently signed a licensing deal with Amazon Web Services. He is leading the FOCI with two other co-directors: Arvind Krishnamurthy and Simon Peter, who are also Allen School professors.

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Killexams : New BCIT program looks to help close cybersecurity skills gap

BCIT's Industrial Network Cybersecurity Lab is the first-of-its-kind facility in the country.

A new program in Burnaby is looking to address the demand global demand for cybersecurity talent. 

With the help of Cisco Canada, BCIT is set to be the home of an Industrial Network Cybersecurity (INC) Lab, which Cisco and the post-secondary school say is the first-of-its-kind facility in Canada. 

The lab provides students with interactive industrial cybersecurity training to defend industrial, manufacturing and critical infrastructure organizations against cyberthreats. 

The lab, provided by Cisco, technology helps students gain real-world experience while bridging the digital skills gap. 

"It's been an incredible experience for me to work with all of our industry partners and the people here at BCIT and the students and watch where they're going out of the program," Program Head Roger Gale said at a recognition event on Wednesday (Oct. 13). 

"I just feel so much gratitude to be involved in this." 

A Cisco and Angus Reid survey shows that over a third (36 per cent) of Canadian organizations lack the talent to properly invest in cybersecurity infrastructure. 

"The financial impact of cybercrime is set to cost the world $10.5 trillion by 2025," Cisco Canada president Shannon Leininger said. 

"As more of our infrastructure is digitalized — utilities, petroleum, food supply systems and more — it is critical that we have the talent to protect our industrial networks from threats and attacks. 

"Cisco is investing its resources and expertise to help governments and the public sector fuel digital skills training and secure a pipeline of cybersecurity leaders. Canada relies heavily on these skilled professionals to keep our communities safe and productive, while building toward a more resilient future." 

Since the start of the program, two cohorts have graduated and 100 per cent of graduates to date have secured roles in relevant industries or are pursuing further education. 

BCIT says the overall student intake has doubled to 40 students from the initial cohort of 20. 

"The INC program is a direct response to the industry's growing need for cybersecurity skills to protect critical infrastructure and keep our communities running," BCIT Program Champion David Leversage added. 

"The INC Lab gives students an edge - they hone their skills using the same industrial controls and latest Cisco technology found in the real world. There is no other institution in North America that offers this type of immersive experience and our in-demand graduates can pursue high-paying jobs in one of the hottest job markets." 

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Killexams : Top 10 Digital Transformation Trends For 2023

Digital transformation is never going to be done. As technologies continue to evolve and emerge, companies need to keep up and continue with their own transformations. While some of my digital transformation trends predictions for 2022 were correct, others have just barely scratched the surface and will continue to be trending in 2023. So, what will we be seeing in the year ahead? Will customer experience and data make headlines or will the metaverse come to the forefront of the conversation. Based upon hundreds of conversations with the world’s most prolific tech companies and consumers, here are 10 trends that I feel will continue to be top of mind in 2023.

Automation on Tap to Drive Efficiency

Organizations everywhere are doing more with less. Many are still navigating staffing shortages as employees left the workplace in droves because of the pandemic. As a result, the employees that are left in the workplace are burnt out. They are jumping between platforms, searching for information, and spending a lot of time doing repetitive tasks. According to a survey from Asana, employees report spending only one-third of their day on work they were hired to do. That’s not conducive to business which is why I see many organizations finally starting to turn to technology as a solution.

The ability to streamline processes and drive efficiency can be huge for the bottom line, which is why I think automation and intelligent automation will be key in 2023. According to the Automation Now & Next Report, a survey our team at Futurum Research did in conjunction with Automation Anywhere, found that 61% of organizations are turning to automation to deal with staffing issues. For the year ahead, 94% say shifting employees to higher value work is a priority — which makes sense. Get employees working on tasks that will advance business instead of time-consuming and repetitive tasks that are a drain on resources and your bottom line is bound to improve.

I think there will be a focal point on solutions like Microsoft’s Power Platform, Red Hat’s Ansible, ServiceNow, and other low code or no code solutions that will fit easily into any organization’s tech stack. These solutions will streamline processes across the enterprise and will enable organizations to do less with more, and with more efficiency.

Regulation of Big Tech in Focus…Still

This was a trend that I predicted last year, and it will remain true for the coming year. Court rulings, antitrust legislation, and other regulations will continue to impact Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and other big tech companies as governments look to eliminate or mitigate the monopolistic practices in ecommerce, digital ads, search results, acquisitions, and app stores.

While most antitrust legislation has stalled or made very slight movement in congress here in the U.S., the EU has passed the Digital Markets Act which will be enforced starting in March 2023. The DMA will regulate big tech companies that act as “gatekeepers” due to their market position in areas around data collection, platform interoperability, bundling offerings, pre-installing apps and a few other areas.

We will have to wait and see how this is enforced, but if history is any indication, we will likely see some fallout that could impact several companies. But will it trickle down to consumers? Or will consumers get more choice and competition in the market like the act is setting out to accomplish? Again, only time will tell. It’s a complex topic, especially because I believe accurate anti competition efforts have been less about protecting consumers and more about protecting competition given society’s attachment to ubiquitous platforms like Apple, Amazon, and Google. Regardless, I will also be watching to see how U.S. legislators respond either at federal or state levels just as it happened once the GDPR passed.

Big tech is crucial in our lives — we can’t live without it. So, I don’t think the cycle of alleged abuses, lawsuits, legislation, appeals, and more lawsuits will ever truly end. It will just be interesting to see what comes to fruition in the coming year or if big tech can continue their streak winning cases and avoiding strict regulations.

Observability is Red Hot

As the adoption of cloud-native infrastructure and serverless, container technologies have boomed in the last few years, IT departments have had to change their monitoring practices. What worked for legacy systems, no longer works for these new technologies. Observability enables complete visibility across complex infrastructures for everyone in IT from system administrators to developers. And with that visibility, IT can detect and fix errors before they become bigger problems, and security can detect and mitigate threats before they attack. Which is why observability will be a huge trend in 2023.

Companies like Splunk, IBM, Cisco and ServiceNow have all made big bets on observability. ServiceNow, for instance, made several acquisitions from Lightstep last year to Era Software just this week to unify observability throughout its platform, while Cisco shared its big bets on Observability at this year’s Cisco Live event.


Did someone say environmental, social, governance? This was a major trend in 2021 and 2022 and will continue likely for years to come. Investments to make operations more sustainable, new partnerships to develop technologies to reduce our impact on the climate, and pledges to reduce carbon footprints have been in headlines this year and I believe they will be again in 2023.

The tech community has really taken climate efforts into their own hands with pledges to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. And these efforts can’t start soon enough. A accurate study from the U.N. showed that we have not done enough to stem the climate crisis yet and are currently on track to see a global 2.7°C temperature increase in the coming decades, a slight change that would have detrimental consequences for everyone.

Which is why I’m pleased to see so many companies continue to take part in Amazon’s climate pledge, which now has over 350 signatories. Other companies like Microsoft, Intel, and SAP (among many others) have beefed up their sustainability offerings, making it easier for other companies to track and report on their sustainability initiatives. This will likely continue in 2023 as consumers and shareholders alike put pressure on businesses to create ESG programs.

This Topic will continue to be at the forefront, and while there is much to prove from the tech industry that this is more than just talk, it is encouraging to see progress so long as companies figure out how to balance sustainable practices, customer satisfaction, and profitable business operations.

Rethinking the Metaverse — Getting Practical

The metaverse was an honorable mention last year but has made the full list of predictions for 2023. The metaverse has slowly started to grow in the last year with more companies making plans for business in the metaverse. While I still think we are a few years away from a full-blown metaverse, I think we are going to see more practical plans for what it might look like.

We’ve already seen changes to how money flows in the metaverse, with NFTs, cryptocurrency and decentralized finance capturing more headlines in 2021. Companies will likely look to continue to capitalize on this growth with more offerings while they look to position themselves wisely in for the future of the metaverse. And while companies like Apple and Meta will squabble over what the future will look like, the fact that there are already proposed legislations for management of the metaverse in the EU, South Korea and Japan shows that this fad, as some have called it, isn’t going away any time soon.

For me, the metaverse is less what we are hearing from Mark Zuckerberg and more in line with what CEOs like NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang is sharing in the build out of its Omniverse offering. It’s going to be about bringing immersion into our physical world more than the other way around. We are in the era of creation. From data replication to the build out of virtual, autonomous, simulated environments, the Metaverse for industry like smart cities and digital twins is something that is being done now—and this will continue to gain strong momentum in 2023.

Collaboration is the New Normal

In 2022, hybrid work has really taken center stage with more and more organizations allowing employees to take advantage of flexible work schedules. As a result, collaboration companies have released new features and adjusted platforms to make collaboration easy, seamless, and equitable regardless of location.

This will be our new normal. And I think it will only get better as collaboration platforms will begin to be integrated with systems of record, making it easier for employees to do work across tech stacks in the enterprise. Siloes are collapsing everywhere and collaboration is now at the center of how we operate — and as businesses find more success, it will never change.

Microsoft Teams will continue to lead the pack bringing together synchronous and asynchronous collaboration and merging with applications and productivity tools. However, I like the accurate moves made by Salesforce with Slack Canvas and Huddles. Of course, Zoom was the pandemic darling and has been aggressively expanding its platform as well. HP bought Poly last year to bring greater convergence of hardware and personal devices, and Cisco has always been deeply entrenched in the collaboration space as well.

Collaboration will be more and more a thing of physical and digital—true immersion, and it will be further enhanced by AI, Metaverse, and 5G connectivity. It is also more than just meeting and events, but collaboration on experiences, which is what drove the Adobe Figma deal to be one of the largest and most talked about of 2022.

EV + AV — Cars + Trucks Get Smarter

Automotive technologies have gone into hyperdrive in the last year with partnerships, investments, and technology developments from companies like Qualcomm, Mobileye, NVIDIA, Marvell, Luminar, and Plus happening left and right. The software-defined vehicle is the vehicle of the future. We have seen semiconductor companies take charge of the future of the vehicle. Tesla has done it with its largely home-grown technology, but the likes of Mercedes, VW, BMW, and GM are turning to chipmakers like those mentioned above to get it done. Qualcomm saw its design pipeline swell to $30 billion as large automakers are seeking to build the cars of the future on intelligent computing platforms. This trend is locked and will be a story line throughout 2023.

In 2022, we have seen the debut of impressive chips to power everything from infotainment systems to ADAS as well as more advanced LiDAR technology that will make self-driving cars safer. We’ve also seen a number of agreements with OEMs and automotive tech companies to equip everything from cars to semitrucks with next-generation technology. I think 2023 will be the year we will see sustained progress in getting safer, highly autonomous vehicles on the road. We will also probably see more tests of higher level ADAS (L3, L4) in a variety of road conditions as the safety of these systems will still be a major question for a lot of consumers.

As for electric vehicle production, now that California has passed a law outlawing the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035, there will likely be major infrastructure shifts in the year to come. This law will bring complexity to a state that has electric infrastructure challenges, but it is indicative of what is to come as we seek to be more sustainable. With this, we will need more batteries, more charging stations, and grids that can support the influx in electric power. We are just at the start of this change and as a bit of a car guy, I can’t wait to see what will be developed this year.

Say Hi to AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Much like automation, the proliferation of analytics and artificial intelligence will continue to make its way into every part of our business and life. Even these trends are deeply impacted by AI from autonomous vehicles to multicloud to better collaboration experiences.

As I see it, AI goes from being a self-contained subject of interest to a largely embedded technology that impacts more and more of our everyday work and life. For instance, we are seeing the continued improvement of conversational AI systems making our day-to-day brand interactions more valuable. From chatbots that can handle multi-turn conversations to smarter Alexa devices, we are having thoughtful interactions with machines, and it has happened almost seamlessly with new software and hardware updates.

Furthermore, recommender engines powered by technologies from companies like NVIDIA are making our digital interactions better, perhaps to the point of a little bit too good. The ability for AI and ML to understand our behavior and make intelligent suggestions for what we buy, where we eat, who we talk to, and how we work are becoming more and more integrated in our lives. This is improving our in-app experiences as well as delivering better proactive customer experience.

At the core of AI will continue to be our semiconductor designers and manufacturers. Software gets the credit, but it will be the continued innovation of Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and more that takes powers the CPUs, GPUs, IPUs, and DPUs that enable data to drive insight, optimization, and real-time interactions.

We are seeing the likes of Microsoft, Salesforce, Apple, Google, and Amazon embed AI deeply into our work apps, vehicles, and personal devices—this will snowball in 2023 as AI is part of almost every digital experience in our lives.

Multicloud Accelerates

While 2022 was all about hybrid cloud, 2023 will see further shift from hybrid to multicloud. Organizations want to optimize their cloud usage by tapping into offerings from numerous providers like AWS, HPE, Google, Azure, Dell, Oracle, IBM (Red Hat), and more. This is becoming more and more normal as organizations want to leverage the best that is available on the market, at greater price efficiency—especially in a tougher macroenvironment.

Public cloud players have made their offerings more extensible over the last few years, offering that desired flexibility, especially to deal with redundancy, scalability, compliance, and other challenges that are multicloud favorable. This will continue as providers offer more open-source solutions and modular offerings that will make it easier to orchestrate workloads across the IT environment. And as enterprise organizations find success, this trend will only continue to grow. Which is a great transition to my last trend…

More Consumption Economics as XaaS Meets Economic Complexity

Last year, I predicted we would witness peak Everything-as-a-Service in 2022, and boy did we. Capital expenditures and overspending on unused software and infrastructure have been replaced by operational expenses that are purchased as needed. This has led to major company pivots like the one that HPE made with its GreenLake offering moving almost its entire portfolio to as a service. Other traditionally large capex hardware and software providers like Splunk, Cisco, and Dell have all done the same.

2023 will see this continue to grow. As we face a looming recession and organizations are slashing budgets and limiting expenditures, I think we are going to see more XaaS offerings. From multicloud offerings like I was just talking about, to security, and collaboration services. Pay as you go allows organizations to scale up and down as needed. As a result, tech companies — that are also struggling with reduced revenue and tempered guidance — are realizing the value in transitioning from licensing to more flexible offerings. It will be interesting to see though, how tech companies will position and market themselves to win that revenue.

While we will have to wait to see how the economy fluctuates in 2023 — and right now it’s not looking too good — I think the convenience of consumption models will continue to be the reason that we see XaaS offerings last, once the economy does eventually rebound.

Wrapping Up

Ten is never enough, and I can think of others that deserve at least an honorable mention. I’m certain that cybersecurity will be a hot commodity in 2023 as companies look to shore up their data environments. And speaking of data, we will almost certainly see a bigger focus on first-party data and consumer privacy. Quantum computing will continue to gain momentum and grow, albeit not primetime ready yet. And semiconductor companies will take this slowing period in chips and the economy to continue to innovate on process and manufacturing capacity to reduce the risk of another shortage.

2023 is setting up to be another fascinating year in technology and while markets continue to make us all a bit uneasy, it’s all but certain technology is our best path forward as we seek to return to the next period of economic growth.

Mon, 10 Oct 2022 01:45:00 -0500 Daniel Newman en text/html
Killexams : CISCO to join Zayed University’s Partner Challenge Program
  • The Partner Challenge program (“Program”) is a core component of Zayed University’s new interdisciplinary degrees.
  • Partner Challenges enable businesses to engage students in projects which benefit from the unique perspectives of young people, helping to solve real-world challenges and futureproof industries.
  • Cisco, a worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet, joins a group of more than 70 companies on the Program.

Dubai:  Zayed University today announced that Cisco will join its pioneering Partner Challenge program, as part of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two parties.

The Partner Challenge program offers a unique opportunity for students to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, addressing real-world challenges proposed by an industry player, such as Cisco.

Working in focused teams, each semester, students have the opportunity to combine their academic work with professional experience, bridging theory and practice, and delivering outputs that add value to the companies they collaborate with. From this year, the Program is a core offering to all new students enrolling at Zayed University on its new interdisciplinary degree programs.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Sherif Mousa, Acting Chief Administration and Financial Officer from Zayed University, and witnessed by Mr. Abdelilah Nejjari, Managing Director for the Gulf region at Cisco, during their participation at the 42nd edition of GITEX Global 2022, the world’s largest technology show.

Commenting on the partnership, Zayed University’s Acting Chief Administration and Financial Officer, Mr. Sherif Mousa said: “The Partner Challenges are one of the key differentiators which make Zayed University’s new degree programs so beneficial for our students and equip them for their future careers. We are immensely proud to have Cisco join the program and we know that our students will benefit enormously from the chance to work alongside this industry giant. These challenges deliver students a chance to gain an in-depth understanding of the workplace, encourage them to think for themselves, and open their eyes to the opportunities available to them when they graduate.”

Partner Challenges are student-driven endeavors that require teamwork, time management, and commitment. The challenges take the form of “How might we” questions that encourage critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. Some examples of these questions, as applied in previous challenges, include: “How might we design an environmentally sustainable home in Dubai?”; “How might we use AI to diagnose learning difficulties?”; and, “How might we understand how banks can leverage technological disruption to their advantage?”.

Through the Partner Challenges, businesses are able to engage students in projects which will benefit from the unique perspectives of young people, to help shape the future of the UAE. The Program can also help companies positively engage with young Emirati talent, early on in their careers, and contribute towards achieving employer Emiratization targets in future. By participating in the program, businesses are helping develop the future leaders, thinkers and doers of the UAE.

Mr. Abdelilah Nejjari, Managing Director for the Gulf region at Cisco added: “We believe that to empower the next generation of problem solvers, talent development and mentorship are critical. Cisco is pleased to be joining the Partner Challenge program – supporting Zayed University’s pursuit to deliver educational excellence and help its students accelerate innovation. We look forward to sharing our expertise, while also exploring the students’ insights – building a more inclusive future together.”

In addition to joining the Program, as part of the MoU, Cisco will collaborate with Zayed University on joint education programs, events, and industry workshops to further support talent development.


About Zayed University

Zayed University, the UAE’s flagship higher education institution, was established in 1998 and proudly bears the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In the spirit of Sheikh Zayed, the University is a pioneer and innovator in the field of education and research. The University currently caters to more than 10,500 Emirati and international students across its full range of undergraduate and postgraduate offerings.

Led by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and Chair of University’s Board of Trustees, the University proudly serves the needs of the Nation and contributes to the UAE’s economic, social and cultural progress, in its state-of-the-art campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It embraces innovation and its learning programs adopt best-in-class technology.

Through research, scholarship, creative activities and outreach, Zayed University provides educational leadership, expands opportunity, and enriches the knowledge of local, regional, and global communities.

The University is proud of its role in encouraging academic excellence, promoting leadership skills and advancing knowledge. The University also strives to encourage the potential and inspire the promise of all its students, whilst also accelerating change in the UAE and contributing towards the Nation’s ambitious plan for the next 50 years.

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Killexams : Students in 180 Countries Benefitted from Cisco Academy in 20yrs

Emma Okonji

In celebrating its 20 years of operation in Nigerian, the Cisco Networking Academy, which is an initiative of Cisco to develop people in technology education, said it has trained over 7.8 million students in 180 countries, including Nigeria.

The Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) is the world’s largest technology classroom, partnering closely with 22,000 educators to deliver a curriculum that gives students digital, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills needed to get a job, promotion or start entrepreneurial businesses.

In Nigeria alone, the NetAcad has trained over 101,000 students of which 41 per cent are female in the past 20 years and currently has over 32, 000 active students and an instructor population of 218 in 167 Academies, seven Academy Support Center (ASCs) and nine Instructor Training Center (ITCs).

With many industries experiencing a shortage of Information Technology (IT) talent, Cisco Networking Academy is developing a pipeline of IT talent to support digitisation in Nigeria.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos recently, Cisco Regional Manager, Corporate Affairs, sub-Saharan Africa, Alfie Hamid said: “Cisco Networking Academy plays an essential role in Cisco’s commitment to positively impact over one billion people by 2025 through digitisation. For 20 years, Cisco Networking Academy has enabled people from all works of life to form part of the digital economy, positively changing the lives, incomes, and narratives of their families.”

Cisco General Manager in Nigeria, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, expressed Cisco Nigeria’s commitment to advancing skills in ICT saying, “As we celebrate 20 years of innovative IT teaching, we are proud that the Cisco Networking Academy has contributed to the growth of the Nigerian economy.

The crown jewel of Cisco Systems’ offerings is their Cisco Certified Network Associate curriculum (CCNA), which includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. It’s aligns to industry recognised certification, which is what potential employers are looking for.
The curriculum, according to Oloruntimehin, could be a gateway to a number of careers—network technician, support engineer, network administrator, network designer, network engineer, amongst others.

Students who have benefitted from the initiative, are now gainfully employed as technology experts, while majority have set up their own businesses, employing young school graduates.

Bello Fathia, an SS 3 students of Federal Government College, Yaba, Lagos, who is currently taking some courses at the NetAcad, was able to design Smart School Solution that address security challenges schools. She was able to demonstrate how the solution works, during the press conference to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of NetAcad in Nigeria.

The Networking Academy learning experience includes e-learning curricula; personalised assessments; and hands-on opportunities such as labs, networking simulation software, competitions, and hackathons.

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Killexams : Cisco powers an inclusive and sustainable future at GITEX No result found, try new keyword!Abdelilah Nejjari, Managing Director for Cisco in the Gulf region What ... and protect the networked infrastructure, we cannot sustain innovation and propel economic growth. Thu, 29 Sep 2022 19:38:00 -0500 text/html Killexams : Chain Reaction: How Supply Shortages Are Shaking Up The Channel

Channel programs News

Shane Snider, Gina Narcisi

The burning question for solution providers today is how to navigate a broken supply chain that keeps putting obstacles in their way. Here’s how some have forged ahead and created stronger customer relationships in the process.


Mike Shook knew when the COVID-19 out­break wreaked supply chain havoc that it would change the fundamental makeup of his solution provider business.

He had already determined before the pandemic hit that his company, 5S Technologies, Cary, N.C., needed to transition to a cloud- and services-led model. But as hardware became more and more difficult to come by, it was the global supply chain crisis that lit the fuse and dramatically accelerated the solution provider’s transformation to become “software-heavy” as a matter of survival.

“When I place a software order, I have the license within 24 hours, and we’re paid within 30 days,” Shook, founder, presi­dent and CEO of 5S Technologies, told CRN. “With hardware, it could be six months to a year before you can deliver [with current supply chain backlogs].”

[RELATED: Supply Chain Issues ‘Driving Cloud Adoption’: CloudWerx CEO]

Shook is one of many savvy solution provider executives who pivoted his business to preserve revenue in the wake of supply chain challenges that have made it difficult to procure the hard­ware they typically used as solution building blocks.

“We took a long, hard look, and we changed who we were,” said Shook, who founded 5S Tech­nologies eight years ago as a small VAR focused on hardware sales. “We are now an MSP, and our managed services sell our software and hardware. We’ve gone full circle from the hardware being the horse that drives the cart to the software driving it.”

The scope of the two-year metamorphosis is evident in the numbers.

“Our VAR portfolio went from 80 percent hardware [and] 20 percent software to 60 percent software and 40 percent hardware,” Shook said.

During that time, 5S Technologies built up its hybrid cloud practice, boosting its focus on Citrix Systems and Nutanix, even becoming a Nutanix Champion Partner in August 2021. “It was easy for us to adopt that model once we got away from being a hardware shop,” Shook said. “Thankfully, we had those software technologies in place as people adopted work-from-home, and we were not relying on unknowns.”

At Meriplex, a Houston-based MSP, explosive growth in cloud and security services driven by the pandemic and the supply chain crisis has powered astronomical sales.

Cloud computing consulting and services revenue for Meriplex grew more than 50 percent in 2021 and is up another 50 percent this year. Security consulting is also on a sales tear, more than doubling each year of the pandemic.

The company’s hybrid solutions also have been up 50 percent year over year for the past two years.

“The pandemic accelerated the adoption of cloud computing,” said Meriplex Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and M&A Neil Medwed, who has been at the forefront of a Meriplex acquisition binge that has brought 10 MSPs in the past two years under the Meriplex umbrella. “There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. Pre-pandemic, 25 percent of the customer base was deeply thinking about cloud. Because of the pandemic, 75 percent-plus of customers are thinking deeply about cloud and hybrid cloud solutions.”

Medwed estimates that about 40 percent of MSPs have made the transition to the cloud software and services model in the wake of the pandemic. That leaves a whopping 60 percent of the MSP base that has struggled and is not where it should be in terms of offering customers sophisticated cloud and security services, he said.

“If you stuck with a hardware-dominated model in the midst of the pandemic and sup­ply chain crisis, you are in the intensive care unit at this point,” Medwed said. “I believe that well-run MSPs are going to be able to take advantage of the market dynamics in a very positive way. Those com­panies that are not well run are going to struggle to keep up as days go by.”

Zac Paulson, CEO of TrueIT, a fast-growing Fargo, N.D.-based MSP, said the supply chain crisis has had an earth-shattering impact on nearly every part of his business. The resulting product shortages forced all of his customers to look deeply at cloud services, leading to a 20 percent to 30 percent increase in his cloud services business since the start of the pandemic.

“We were always a born-in-the-cloud-first type of company, but the customers weren’t always cloud-first,” Paulson said. “That conversation has gotten a lot easier. We were able to take the technology we use every day in our business and move it to our customers faster.”

TrueIT’s managed services business hit new highs in 2021 and 2022. “Our business is stronger than it has ever been because we were prepared to help our customers cross the chasm into the cloud,” Paulson said.

The supply chain crisis has changed the psyche of the channel regarding just-in-time manufacturing, said Paulson.

“We all got used to just-in-time inventory and project pro­cesses,” he said. “This has caused everyone to take a step back, do more planning, look at their forecasts and be a little more proactive. In all honesty, that is not a bad thing,” Paulson said.

Ultimately, the crisis has raised the status of MSPs acting as trusted advisers, Paulson said.

“Before the crisis, it was not uncommon for some of our managed services customers to buy online or go to big-box stores and buy stuff, and then we had to deal with the fallout,” he said. “When it became more difficult, they put the burden back on the MSP. The customers have welcomed that. I think they appreciate the fact that we are taking care of this now and helping them get through the supply chain crisis,” he said.

TrueIT has also begun holding inventory on certain hard-to-get products for customers. “We are holding laptops, desktops and access points,” he said. “Customers are purchasing product, and we are holding it for them until they need it. We never carried inventory in the past.”

Order Backlogs Still Persist

Marc Harrison, a 33-year veteran solution provider and PC reseller, wakes up every day with a knot in his stomach knowing he will spend countless hours on an increasingly futile attempt to chase down products for his customers.

“It makes you question why you’re in this business sometimes,” Harrison, president of Silicon East in Morganville, N.J., said with a sigh.

For Harrison, the transition to the cloud is not coming easily. He started offering more cloud-based services at the beginning of the pandemic “but for us that’s all been new business with existing clients. To date, no one has shut down their server infrastructure and never looked back,” he said. “The reality is, even with cloud-based apps and infrastructure, businesses still need PCs, switches, Wi-Fi access points, firewalls and printers. So the problem still exists for us.”

Harrison isn’t alone in his frustration. While the PC business saw an unprecedented boom in the two years following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, solution providers were about to get a crash course in the complex world of the global supply chain.

As COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns impacted just about every corner of the globe, a ripple effect would begin creating a sup­ply chain snarl that is still vexing industries around the world.

The IT industry took an especially nuanced hit, with vendors reporting record sales and demand entangled with constrained supplies and logistics delays.

While solution providers were busy trying to fulfill their backlogs, a perfect storm was waiting in 2022 as workers and students began returning to physical offices and schools. Demand began falling off deeply on the consumer PC side.

In addition, inflation spawned by global economic interven­tions was starting to rise. Russia invaded Ukraine in March, causing more logistical turmoil in the supply chain. And finally, COVID-19 reared its head again in China, this time striking some of the busiest technology manufacturing firms around Shenzen. Those market forces took a toll on financial results across the board in the tech sector and roiled the supply chain even further.

Networking, server and PC vendors have been hit particu­larly hard.

At networking giant Cisco, for example, the supply chain crisis has triggered a record-breaking order backlog to the tune of more than $15 billion as of May, up 130 percent year over year. The San Jose, Calif.-based company did not disclose those order backlog numbers for its most accurate fiscal quarter that ended July 30. But the company once again saw triple-digit backlog growth that fueled the backlog to the highest level ever recorded in the company’s history, Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck Robbins said in August.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s backlog, meanwhile, hit yet anoth­er record level during its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, up 96 percent year over year. The backlog includes Aruba order bookings of more than 20 times historical levels and a backlog in the compute business that also hit another record level and is now at five times normal levels.

The backlog also impacted Spring, Texas-based HPE’s grow­ing GreenLake cloud services business, which was “limited” by supply chain constraints that hindered the ability to do some GreenLake installations in the quarter, according to HPE Presi­dent and CEO Antonio Neri.

The supply chain delays are impacting solution providers in different ways. Smaller players seem to be bearing the brunt of backlogs for ready stock, solution providers said. Larger compa­nies with more purchasing power can hold more inventory. For Silicon East’s Harrison, the difficulties in the ordering process create a constant supply headache.

Harrison explained a typical problem with ordering a server for a customer: “We buy these large, $20,000 to $25,000 servers,” he said. “The server might be in stock, but there are no hard drives and no SSDs [solid state drives] to go with it. In some cases, there are no power supplies. And you need all those components to deliver a solution. The problem is that the power supply might be back-ordered, say six weeks … the hard drives are back-ordered 12 to 16 weeks, and for the SSDs, there’s no delivery date at all. So, you take delivery of the server and pay for the other parts as they become avail­able. And there’s no ensure the hard drives, for example, will ever come in.”

Some customers, he said, have been waiting more than two years for server parts to complete projects. “This is making it impossible to provide the solutions customers have paid for. … It’s ridiculous,” Harrison said.

As remote work and remote learning fueled a rush to equip workers and students with PCs and networking devices during the pandemic, Harrison was suddenly flooded with demand while he watched supply for these products get increasingly more difficult to secure.

Network switches, for example, have become a nightmare to deliver, he said.

“On the network side, we’re going through our hundreds of installations and trying to figure out where to put in switches that may be larger ca­pacity than we actually need—but that’s what’s available. We’re literally playing ‘musical switches.’ It’s just not sustainable in the long term.”

Wait times for some hardware products are lasting nearly a year right now, accord­ing to Hermann Masser, president of Masser Technologies, an El Paso, Texas-based solution provider. The issue is particularly bad for networking gear, he said, which has prompted Masser Technologies to stock used equipment to fill in temporarily as needed.

“We’re keeping an inventory of used equipment so when one of my customers that is waiting to get the hardware, or when they have a failure and they have to replace a switch in an emergency because we cannot find switches or access points anymore, we’ll grab one of those old pieces of equipment and deploy it as a Band-Aid until we can get the equipment back,” Masser said.

Masser’s company is waiting on close to 200 access points right now—products he doesn’t expect to have in hand for another year. “It’s definitely changing our ability to move fast and to sell,” he added.

A solution provider who spoke to CRN on condition of ano­nymity said that the network switch shortage has contributed to a 30 percent decrease in hardware sales for his company this year compared with last year.

The Texas-based solution provider has about 60 SMB custom­ers and has been forced to use older network switches to patch their networks as the wait for parts continues.

In addition to networking products, storage products have been hard to find, said TrueIT’s Paulson. In fact, he said, some customers that ordered products in January are just now receiv­ing the equipment, he said.

“Every customer that needed networking or SANs faced delays,” Paulson said. “There were none that we could order and deliver in a normal time frame.”

TrueIT also had orders canceled by distributors that were fac­ing one delay after another from vendor partners, said Paulson. “Distributors thought they would have stock coming in, but the estimated time of arrivals just got way too long so the orders were canceled,” he said.

TrueIT also saw big price increases, which caused the solution provider to go back to its customers with 10 percent to 30 percent price increases, according to Paulson.

Ultimately, True IT de­livered fewer hardware products to customers but at a higher price, with the result that overall hardware sales have risen, said Paulson. “Hardware quantity is down by a sig­nificant number, but our hardware sales overall are up,” he said.

The ‘Humpty Dumpty’ Supply Chain

For Harry Zarek’s Ontario, Canada-based solution provider Com­pugen, the race to outfit a tech-heavy workforce to operate from home during the pandemic was a wake-up call to the channel that it had long overlooked the complexity of the supply chain.

“It was an awakening about how dumb and stupid we all were about the supply chain because it works so well, right until it falls apart,” said Zarek, founder, president and CEO of Compugen. “And in fact, it’s so broken, it’s like Humpty Dumpty. But there’s no way any human being could have seen it coming. People were sending me pictures of themselves trying to cobble together home computers, old laptops, and trying to assemble some sort of way to work from their kitchen or basement. The first part of it was just pandemonium.”

As the pandemic wore on, the challenges shifted, he said.

“We went through phases,” Zarek said. “The first phase was this mad scramble to get anything that customers could use to allow them to maintain operations. Then there was this short period of time where businesses seemed to go into suspended animation—they just paused. Then, business began to acceler­ate. Every month it was more and more, and as business kept growing the supply chain issues kept growing along with them. It’s a never-ending game of Whac-A-Mole.”

The Power Of Global Logistics

When Future Tech Enterprise CEO Bob Venero made a bold bet on building out global logistics capabilities for his solution provider business a decade ago, he had no idea it would reap big rewards in the wake of a global supply chain crisis.

“Global logistics are on the forefront of every meeting and conversation we are having with customers and OEMs,” he said. “We are tracking this weekly with our OEMs. Every week we have supply chain calls at every level for every product for every customer that we sell to.”

With its global logistics capabilities, Future Tech’s business is “booming,” with sales up 49 percent in the last year, said Venero. “Our hardware business, including mobile, desktop, server and storage systems, is extremely healthy,” he said.

One reason for the uptick in business is the ability for Fort Lau­derdale, Fla.-based Future Tech to leverage its finan­cial muscle to gain a sup­ply chain advantage for its large enterprise customers by increasing its inventory levels from three months of inventory before the pandemic to six to nine months of inventory, said Venero.

“Our job is to make sure we can meet these supply chain challenges for our customers,” he said. “We have changed and adjusted the way we do business with increased inventory levels for the last two years. We are holding up to $100 million in inventory today, up from only $30 million pre-pandemic.”

But Venero stressed that a global logistics buildout is not for the faint of heart.

“Eighty percent of the pain we have as a company comes from the global work that we do for our customers,” he said. “Global logistics is extremely tough. You are talking about deal­ing with every country, every region, every OEM, every rule and regulation in these countries, every certification. Take what you have in the U.S. and multiply that by the 47 countries that we operate in today and all the OEMs that we work with and you can understand the level of complexity that we are dealing with as a global logistics company.”

Fending Off Bad Behavior

Rhino Networks, an Asheville, N.C.-based solution provider and Cisco partner that specializes in Cisco’s Meraki portfolio of cloud-based products, serves thousands of customers in the U.S. It teams with distributor Ingram Micro for Cisco Meraki product fulfillment, a process that has worked well for Rhino Networks for the past decade. That’s because Cisco Meraki products have always had very short—nearly nonexistent—lead times, offering an “Amazon-esque” experience for customers, according to Todd Carriker, founder and CEO of Rhino Networks.

But the days when orders would arrive within 48 to 72 hours are long gone, he said.

Early on in the supply chain crisis, the long and disruptive lead times for gear sparked “massive amounts” of disbelief from customers. “[They would say], ‘That can’t be true. Surely that’s not the case.’ Or they’d say, ‘Well, instead of doing Cisco-based wireless access points, I’m going to go buy Aruba or Ubiquiti,’” he said.

Then, the bad behavior started. Customers began calling multiple Cisco partners in an attempt to get different answers. But businesses quickly learned that all solution providers were in the same boat. Customers also began placing product orders across several different vendors. When they would receive a tracking num­ber for shipping, they’d cancel the other orders, which further threw off inventory allocation and forecasting for nearly ev­ery major manufacturer, Carriker said.

Out of desperation, some customers began dipping into the gray market and buying gear without a warranty and with potentially compromised serial numbers. One business bought $150,000 worth of gray market Cisco gear that was largely unusable, Carriker said. “We’ve seen people be burned,” he added.

Rhino Networks immediately began heading off these issues at the pass by being as transparent as it could with its custom­ers about shortages and lead times to set realistic expectations. The company pivoted on a dime and started showing customers other options outside the Meraki portfolio that had shorter lead times. For example, if a customer was interested in a Meraki access point, another comparable Cisco access point might fit the bill based on the customer’s deployment and consumption plans. And if a customer knew it would be ordering more a few months down the line, Rhino Networks would put together a bulk order to get the company a discount, Carriker said.

“Essentially, if they could put some skin in the game and invest a little more, we’d help out. It’s about being creative and showing people you care,” he said.

For Calgary, Alberta-based Cisco partner Long View Systems, the biggest challenge at the start of the crisis was fluctuating shipping times that would often change in “the 11th hour,” creat­ing uncertainty for solution providers and end customers, said Lane Irvine, the company’s network business solutions director.

“Early on, we would see ship dates for products that were supposed to show up three days from now, but then the ship date would change to three months out,” Irvine said.

Products like the Cisco Catalyst 9200 switch series were not available, while others had better availability, such as Cisco’s Small Business 300 Series switch, Irvine said. “We had to do a review and update of what products we should be ordering, and we had to work with clients and make the shift in a number of cases,” he added.

The solution provider also worked with frustrated customers by staggering product deployments. For projects that may have required 300 new access points, for example, it was deploying 20 new access points every week. This “trickle” allowed customers to make progress on their IT goals, said Kent MacDonald, senior vice president of strategic alliances at Long View.

“It was much more manageable to start projects in bite-sized chunks rather than having to wait for everything to arrive to start the proj­ect,” MacDonald said.

At the same time, Long View’s cloud and man­aged services businesses have flourished.

Long View has been building a practice around the increasingly popular Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) buying model for its customers. The solution provider this year became the first Cisco Gold Integrator and Gold Provider partner in Canada with a Hybrid Cloud Cisco Plus deal, Cisco’s XaaS portfolio. Long View’s own as-a-service cloud infrastructure, On-Demand Infrastructure, is built on Cisco technology.

“With XaaS, you don’t have a supply chain or shipping delay issue because the capacity is instant-on,” MacDonald said. “The supply chain issue really does help punctuate the value of XaaS, especially in a data center infrastructure environment.”

Forecasting Becomes Crucial

Mike Turicchi, vice president of Gainesville, Va.-based NCS Tech­nologies, said the big changes at the beginning of the pandemic were a shock to the system, but his company upped its game when it came to forecasting and communication with custom­ers. “It came on pretty quickly,” he said. “We have about 400 [vendor] partners in our ecosystem, and in the beginning, the top 50 or so were reaching out quickly saying, ‘You might want to put some orders in. Prices are going to go up. Supply is going to get tight,’” he said.

“To some extent it was out of our control—these changes were coming, whether we liked it or not. We’re not like Apple where we could go out and buy a bunch of inventory and ware­house it somewhere.”

Turicchi said forecasting and communication with customers have become crucial since the pandemic first hit.

“It’s very much a cat-and-mouse game where you’re asking the customers what’s going on, and you’re telling them what’s going on from your side,” he said. “It’s become more about building relationships.”

Solution providers have had to learn to forge stronger bonds with customers and with vendors, Turicchi said.

“It was a chance to really get to know the customer more intimately and get some more insight,” he said. In the past, solu­tion providers may have gotten used to a more turnkey process of buying and selling, Turicchi said. “We were all used to that … push-button aspect of supply. So, we were all pretty demanding of the vendors. We had to step back and say, ‘We need these guys more than ever, so we need to play a little nicer.’ Price isn’t everything to­day. That’s been a huge shift,” he said.

But even as the busi­ness shifts and refocuses, Turicchi said the relation­ships built during the pan­demic will have a lasting impact on the channel community.

“At the end of the day, we all want to make money, but the relationship aspect has become a big ingredient,” he said.

The Cloud Needs To Be A ‘Driving Force’

Meriplex’s Medwed believes the pandemic and supply chain crisis have forever shifted the market dynamics from a channel model focused on hardware sales to a cloud-dominated model.

“Before the pandemic, cloud was an important component of the average MSP portfolio, but it wasn’t the featured component of the portfolio,” he said. “In this day and age, cloud needs to be a highly featured component of the portfolio. It has to be a driv­ing force of your expansion because clients are moving toward hybrid models. The days of how much hardware I can sell and at what margin are behind us.”

5S Technologies’ Shook said his company would be in serious trouble if it were still focused primarily on hardware.

“People on the hardware side are trying to address the supply chain problems with Band-Aids and hope it gets better. They are doing what they can to stay alive. If all I did was sell hardware, we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills right now. I’d imagine anyone in that position is struggling.”

STEVEN BURKE contributed to this story

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Killexams : How AWS, Cisco, Netflix & SAP Are Approaching Cybersecurity Awareness Month

For those of us in the industry, cybersecurity is a priority 365 days a year. But for a brief window in October during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the spotlight is on us. Given its importance in daily life, cybersecurity awareness has gained momentum in accurate years — but there is still much to do.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is co-led by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). This year's theme, "See Yourself in Cyber," focuses on helping all individuals and organizations make smart decisions whether on the job, at home, or at school, now and in the future. This emphasizes the impact a single organization can have by instilling strong cybersecurity training and practices internally. 

For this reason, we asked Cisco, Netflix, and SAP to join us in sharing how they're observing Cybersecurity Awareness Month within their organizations, in the hope that it will inspire others to do the same.

Coming off our first cybersecurity-focused PSA, we are doubling down by investing further with this year's "See Yourself in Cyber" theme. It speaks to our continuous efforts at AWS to humanize security and build a security-first culture.

Throughout October, we're holding our annual One Amazon Security Conference for all Amazon employees. This year's monthlong conference features 70 sessions led by experts across six tracks, including data protection and governance, risk and compliance, identity and access management, networking and infrastructure, privacy, and threat detection and incident response. We also have sessions on building an inclusive security culture and why building products securely requires a security mindset before a single line of code is written.

Security is our No. 1 priority, and our culture of ownership means everyone at Amazon is responsible for security, no matter the job or role. Humanizing security through education should be a key priority for everyone. That's why we offer free cybersecurity awareness training to any individual or organization that wants to take advantage of it, so they can "see themselves in cyber" this month and beyond.

Brad Arkin, Cisco

Brad Arkin, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is always an exciting time for our team. We'll have a number of resources for those seeking a new career in cybersecurity, all aligned with our commitment to power an inclusive future for all. For our customers and partners, we will have additional reports and resources covering courses like the benefits of a sharp focus on cybersecurity during mergers and acquisitions. Finally, for consumers and end users, we'll share the results of our Consumer Privacy Survey and best practices for keeping themselves, their businesses, and families safe. This will be supported by blog posts, e-books, reports, landing pages, and podcasts. Our Creative team has developed a set of graphic assets to raise awareness of cybersecurity and promote the theme of "See Yourself in Cyber."

To help cybersecurity professionals upgrade their skills, our learning and certification teams will be doing giveaways, distributing exam quizzes, and announcing new training courses. Internally, we will roll out new trainings and resources to keep our employees updated on the existing threats and informed about how to help mitigate them.

I've been excited to see how the entire global Cisco organization is taking part. Our team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is taking up the theme of #ThinkB4UClick, with a focus on ransomware and phishing. In the Asia-Pacific region, Japan, and China, we will promote cybersecurity awareness at various internal and external events. I will be traveling to Singapore to deliver a presentation at the GovWare 2022 conference and joining a CISO roundtable discussion for our customers in the region earlier in the month.

Srinath Kuruvardi, Netflix

Srinath Kuruvardi, Head of Cloud Security, Netflix

This year for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we are hosting talks from FBI special agents on a variety of courses to bring awareness around threat trends. We also plan to broadly share security messaging and guidance to all employees in fun, interesting ways. For example, we are launching an intranet website for the Security, Privacy, Assurance and Corporate Engineering (SPACE) organization (formerly InfoSec). The initiative incentivizes visits to the SPACE intranet site to understand our functions, teams, and where to go to get support and engage. It's a gamification scavenger hunt for answers to support questions.


Elena Kvochko, Chief Trust Officer, SAP

SAP is strengthening our security culture and constantly adapting it to the new challenges that come with digital transformation, which is why, for the sixth year in a row, SAP is participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month, to remind employees about the importance of being vigilant against cyber threats.

With programs that run from September (China) through the end of October, SAP builds awareness about security with our 100,000-person global workforce. SAP kicks off the month with our chief security officer, joined by a host of experts, in a virtual event attended by thousands of employees from around the globe; the educational effort continues with special events all month long. Key security courses are covered, including vishing, phishing, password protection, how to remain safe using social media, and the importance of spotting deepfake technology. Learning about security is fun at SAP because we use gamification to engage employees via various fun games and prizes.

Toward the end of October, SAP will broaden our reach into the early talent community by co-hosting an Inter-University Cybersecurity "range" with SANS Institute, an organization that is dedicated to cybersecurity training and certifications and which has a wealth of resources available. SAP and SANS will host a capture-the-flag contest and a computer security competition for 200 university students and special guests anticipated to participate.

SAP's Chief Trust Office is proactively working to engage students from Atlanta University Center, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Main Campus, Hampton, Norfolk State, and Yale University.

About the Contributors

As senior VP, chief security, and trust officer, Brad Arkin leads Cisco's Security and Trust Organization, whose core mission is to ensure Cisco meets its security and privacy obligations to its customers, regulators, employees, and stakeholders. Before joining Cisco, Brad was Adobe’s first chief security officer. Brad also serves as an advisory board member for both the Silicon Valley Global Innovation and Sands Capital Ventures Industry organizations and sits on the program committee for the RSA Executive Security Action Forum. 

Srinath Kuruvadi is the head of cloud security at Netflix, where he leads the security of the Netflix assets in the cloud. Before Netflix, Srinath spent more than 15 years building scalable security solutions and leading security teams at Google, Facebook, Snap, and Lyft, most recently as head of security and compliance at Mapbox. He brings a lot of breadth and deep technical knowledge in security and privacy areas with a background in software engineering applied to large-scale cloud environments. Srinath was born and raised in Bangalore, India, and holds a master's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University and bachelor's degree in computer science from BITS Pilani in India.

Elena Kvochko, SAP's Chief Trust Officer, leads philanthropic efforts, including for Refugees International, Big Change, and women in technology initiatives. She has worked in enterprise technology and cybersecurity in executive roles at Bank of America and, previously, as chief information officer in the global security division at Barclays. Elena was featured in the Top 100 CIOs; Leading CIOs — Who Happen to be Female list published by the CIO Magazine, Business Role Model of the Year by the Women in IT Awards, and Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women — International. 

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