Juniper took a big step forward in rounding out their certification programs by announcing a new Design Training and Certification curriculum, focusing on best practices and techniques that can be used across the spectrum of network architecture and design. Slated to be included in this program are also technologies around software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
This is a huge step forward for Juniper’s training and certification program and will round out their education portfolio with something similar to Cisco’s design certification. Furthermore with the advent of network automation, and SDN and NFV technologies becoming more commonplace, the benefits from such a training and certification curriculum can’t be overstated.
The design curriculum will eventually include a portfolio of training offerings, starting with the first course which is available now, the Juniper Networks Design Fundamentals course. These courses and their corresponding design certifications will focus on the latest techniques, resources and various tools that companies can use to fully design, secure, and automate their networks. Trainings will range all the way from design fundamentals on through to more advanced courses covering the design specific requirements of Data Center and WAN networks. The first certification, Juniper Networks Certified Design Associate (JNCDA) is available for registration now, and will eventually be followed by certifications at the Specialist level (JNCDS) and the Professional level (JNCDP).
This looks to be a very exciting offering indeed and should help those interested in Juniper technologies keep pace with the myriad new changes that are taking place in the networking world, and assist them in making proper design choices. I thoroughly look forward to analyzing these materials and providing an update to the community on these materials once I’ve had an opportunity to take a look at them.
I am happy to announce that Juniper has just released a new Day One Guide entitled “Junos Tips, Techniques, and Templates 2011“. For this particular Day One Guide, Juniper Networks Books and J-Net joined forces and requested the best and brightest Junos tips and techniques from the Junos user community. In fact, the book was created after a thorough selection process which included reviewing over 300 submitted tips by over 100 individuals on the J-Net community boards at forums.juniper.net.
I am honored that Juniper accepted my contributions and decided to include them in this guide. My contribution “Automatically Allow Configured BGP Peers in a Loopback Firewall Filter” covers how to configure a Junos prefix-list in conjunction with the apply-path features to parse a configuration and then dynamically build a list of matching prefixes for use in a firewall filter.
Outside of my meager contribution, this guide is chock full of dozens of useful tips and techniques and is an indispensable guide for anyone involved in managing Juniper platforms on a daily basis.
Junos Tips, Techniques, and Templates 2011 can be ordered on Amazon in hardcopy or Kindle edition, and is also available as a free download in PDF format. Enjoy!
I am very pleased to announce that several of my security articles have been published on Infosec Island. Infosec Island is an online community focused on the Infosec professional which incorporates elements of community discussion and writings from various security practitioners throughout the industry. It is truly an honor to have been invited to participate and contribute in this forum alongside many well respected writers and colleagues.
The following articles are now available:
The Misconceptions of Sidejacking with Firesheep
Reality Check: Traditional Perimeter Security is Dead
Man in the Middle (MITM) Attacks Explained
Several more articles are in the works and in addition I am working on a very special analysis of the XerXes attack tool used in the attacks against Wikileaks which will be released sometime next week.