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After CCIE now the CCDE certification seems seriously compromised

I have been off Tweeter and NewsFeeds for a couple of months. Since it is long weekend here in Canada I had some time to read the news and …. no surprise, I am reading that the CCDE exam was compromised. These are unconfirmed rumors (Cisco did not say anything about this yet). What else is there to say? I only have one suggestion, read at the end.


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And then these:


Orhan Ergun, a respected CCDE trainer rang the bell many times.


If I can make one suggestion that would be that a CCDE or a CCIE should be also measured by his activity. Like for any academic degree the real work leaves paper trails behind, articles published, blog posts, books and so on. I think that any authentic CCIE/CCDE should be able to write such papers and contribute to the community. Not once I have read books, vendor documentation, program sources etc etc and I made suggestions to improve, fix or correct problems.This activity is traceable and I think that it should be a criterion. From experience I can tell you that it is impossible to fake these and it is very easy to detect plagiarism, Google helps a lot in this respect and so does digitally signing your articles.

I am currently working with people who cheated their way toward CCIE and with people who are planning to do it. I have been told that for example the new CCIE DC scenarios are out, heard that from the mouth of someone who holds this certification. Someone told me that a certain CCIE trainer sent him the questions for CCIE DC written. This makes a lot of business sense if your business is to train people for the lab. Make sure you help as many candidates as you can to pass the written test so you can have clients for your business. On this basis a CCIE training business that also hosts a written testing center is a BIG MISTAKE …

I currently hold no certification and I speak daily with these guys and I continue to be surprised how many fundamental things they have no clue about…..Cisco, I love your technology, your programmers and designers are great minds but you ruin their work allowing the above to happen.

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