Does anyone remember the MCSE crazy back in the late 90’s? In Western NY we had a company called Ikon that promoted “Tech 2000.” The cost was $10k and they offered you the promised land after they taught you and helped you pass all your MCSE exams in either NT 4.0 or 2000. Now I remember the MCSE being the big thing back then until these training companies where helping push out MCSE’s non stop for a few years. Now in the end the training company was really the only people that made any money off of this. Most of the people I know that did this ended up either bankrupt or back in college ;).

Now my concern is that our present day CCIE training companies are starting to do the same thing. Companies are offering 12 day lab bootcamps now for 10k. Everyone else is pushing new end-to-end programs for some big bucks. Is anyone else concerned about the CCIE label? Am I just paranoid from the MSCE craze? With the CCIE being a tough lab exam make sure it never suffers the same fate?

“If you build it, they will come. So hold onto your hats now that the world Cisco router rootkit, reports a story from IDG News Service. Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, developed the rootkit for Cisco’s Internetwork Operating System and will show it off on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London. Rootkits are stealth programs, extremely hard to detect. For the most part, they are aimed at Windows. They are typically used to capture desktops and servers for botnets, or to embed keylogging code or spyware. (Although, as the story points out, Sony BMG Music was perhaps the most notorious rootkit. The company built it for DRM, to stop unauthorized CD copying). Rootkits are a favorite of the financially motivated criminal hacker, experts say. But now a rootkit can be placed on a router. What kinds of use can such a thing accomplish? Will it be an easier way to gather multitudes of passwords stored in configuration files? No doubt now that rootkits have been proven for IOS, the world will soon find out. Hackers are nothing if not creative.”

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