Deniz Kaya on Cisco® Advanced Security Specialization Update

Deniz Kaya - CCSI, CCNP, CCSP, CPTS, MCT

New Courses and Exams for Cisco Partners with Advanced Security Specialization
The Cisco® Advanced Security Specialization has been updated to incorporate Cisco IronPort® Web Security solutions. These solutions provide significant opportunities for partners to expand their network security portfolio offerings and enjoy discounts through new and existing distribution channels – with only minimal incremental investment. New training courses and updates are now available through Ironport ATPs.
Starting August 15, all partners pursuing Cisco Advanced Security Specialization are required to pass the new exams.

Deniz, you’ve been working with Cisco and Ironport for many years. Can you tell us why Cisco has decided to make this move and integrate Web Security?

Deniz:In the last three years Internet based attacks have moved significantly from email to web platform. After acquiring Ironport in late 2007 Cisco has successfully fulfilled  a gap in their product portfolio. For the last two years, Ironport development team has been working intensively on the web appliance.
As a result they have made a huge progress from the technical perspective.  Now, the web appliance is ready to take over some tasks from Cisco.
ASA and IPS appliances like DPI (Deep Packet Inspection), besides URL filtering, WEB proxy and authentication are choke point which most Cisco customers were depending on 3rd party solutions.

What has changed during the last year?

Deniz: Now the appliance is working with its version 7. This has brought a lot of new functionalities like application recognition, new DLP (Data Loss Prevention) features and many more.

What will be the benefit for Cisco customers?

Deniz: The biggest benefit for customers will be the Unified Cisco Infrastructure which will help them manage and monitor IT Security events and give responses quickly and correctly.

How can New Horizons help Cisco partners?

Deniz: New Horizons Bulgaria is the only authorized training partner for Ironport courses in the region. We provide WEB Security channel partner training, which is the preparation course for one of the mandatory exams for Advanced Security Specialization, Cisco Web Security Field Engineer 650-568.

The official course content for the training is listed below.

Web Security Channel Partner Training

Prerequisites
Attendees should possess the following background knowledge and skills:
• Knowledge of IP routing, and TCP/IP services, including DNS, SSH, FTP, SNMP, HTTP and HTTPS, is assumed
• High level understanding of web proxy servers is assumed
• High level understanding of web security concepts and technologies is assumed
• Some familiarity with the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is desirable

Course Content
The participant will also be able to describe, configure, administer, and troubleshoot:
• Simple and complex deployment scenarios
• PAC files
• WCCP
• On the Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance (WSA)
• On the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
• The Web Security Appliance Policy Framework
• Authentication
• Cisco IronPort Web Usage Controls
• Web Reputation Filters
• The DVS Anti-malware Engine
• Inbound malware scanning
• Outbound malware scanning
• HTTPS inspection
• Data security and data loss prevention

Course Outline
Module 1 Course & Product Overview
Module 2 Performing an Evaluation
Module 3 Utilizing Authentication
Module 4 Configuring Policies
Module 5 Enforcing Acceptable Use
Module 6 Defending Against Malware
Module 7 Data Security
Module 8 Deploying the S-Series
Module 9 Administrative Tasks
Module 10 Troubleshooting

Who Should Attend
Channel Partner System Engineers
Channel Partner Field Engineers

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Deniz Kaya is a senior security instructor at New Horizons Bulgaria
Deniz has planned, directed, and coordinated multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring goals and objectives were accomplished within time limitations and funding conditions. His core competency lies in areas of penetration testing, security assessments, enterprise network design, capacity planning and vendor evaluation. Equipped with Industry recognized certification under his belt, Deniz has demonstrated his determination to continuously self-improve and make his presence felt.

Deniz currently holds the prestigious industry certifications Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI #31650), CCIE Security Written, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), Cisco Ironport Certified Security Instructor (ICSI), Cisco Ironport Certified Security Professional (ICSP), Certified Penetration Testing Specialist (CPTS), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Deniz has been invited as guest speaker to public conferences like Microsoft Days, IDC Security Event EMEA.

Contact us for further information on Security courses and exams.

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