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CHIPS Articles: SSC Atlantic Creates Cyber Education & Certification Readiness Facility

SSC Atlantic Creates Cyber Education & Certification Readiness Facility
By Diane Owens and Alex Jackson, SSC Atlantic Public Affairs - April-June 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of a new center-wide resource — the Cyber Education & Certification Readiness Facility (CERF) in Charleston, South Carolina.

The CERF is open to SSC Atlantic government and military personnel at all sites. It provides fast-paced, hands-on, in-house training on cyber, networks, routing and operating systems for job enhancement and to prepare for various IT certification exams. Instructors (internal and external) are experienced and certified, and use current vendor and in-house-developed curriculums and labs.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Instructor Wesley Jones helps teach the networking class. “I find that helping others learn inherits growth and is challenging,” he said.

A vital component of SSC Atlantic’s strategy is to employ, develop and retain a credentialed workforce, building technical leadership. This facility provides the means to greatly increase the number of technically proficient and IT-certified personnel.

“I wanted to expand my knowledge for future projects and broaden my experience,” said Kacey Hoing, an SSC Atlantic networking engineer assigned to SSC Atlantic’s National Capital Region Office. She attended the weeklong class to learn more about networking and connecting the rack system.

“There are two things I really like about this new lab. First, that it will help SSC Atlantic build a more technically proficient and certified workforce. This lab allows hands-on, in-house training on networks and operating systems to help our government and military personnel prepare for IT certification exams like Cisco, Security+, CISSP, Red Hat, Microsoft, Juniper Networks and many more,” said SSC Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Heller. “Second, this lab was furnished with lots of reused government equipment assembled together over more than a year of effort. We provided the desktops, carpeting, and the energy to create, so the lab itself represents a real super-saver as far as facilities go.”

In the past, employees attended external courses and often had to learn complex IT concepts via PowerPoint; however, this lab contains laptops and monitors — as well as racks of servers, routers, switches and cables — for up to 12 students in Charleston at a time, so each person has direct, hands-on access to equipment needed throughout the course.

“It will also save money for students taking courses on-site as opposed to traveling and paying outside vendors, said Heller. “Our folks can use the lab to prepare for IT certification exams with the help of SSC Atlantic instructors who are experienced and certified on vendor-developed curriculums. During unscheduled time, students can come here and use the equipment to reinforce concepts learned during formal training.”

Future plans call for VTC broadcasts and remote site equipment access for SSC Atlantic employees outside Charleston.

Cyber Education & Certification Readiness Facility list of planned courses include:
  • Cisco Certification
  • Security+ Certification
  • CISSP Certification
  • Red Hat Certification
  • Linux Tracks
  • Storage/Cloud Tracks
  • Microsoft Certification
  • Security Tracks
  • Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP)
  • Juniper Networks Certified Associate - Junos (JNCIA-Junos)
  • Juniper Networks Certified Specialist Security (JNCIS-SEC)
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Microsoft Certified Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE)
  • NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA)
  • Dell EMC Information Storage and Management (EMCISA)
  • Dell EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (EMCCIS)
  • Dell EMC Backup Recovery Systems Architecture (EMCBAC)
  • Dell EMC Data Science and Big Data Analytics (EMCDSA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH)

SSC Atlantic is a Navy IT and cyber engineering command that provides information warfare solutions to the warfighter. The SSC Atlantic team rapidly delivers and supports information warfare solutions that enable naval, joint, national and coalition warfighters. SSC Atlantic develops, acquires, and provides life cycle support for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, Information Technology (IT), and Space Capabilities. A leading edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future. Visit http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic/ for more information.

CHARLESTON; S.C. (April 25, 2017)  SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Heller and Acting Communications and Networks Competency Lead Ann Rideout cut the ribbon April 25 at the grand opening of the new Cyber Education and Certification Readiness Facility (CERF). U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released
CHARLESTON; S.C. (April 25, 2017) SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Heller and Acting Communications and Networks Competency Lead Ann Rideout cut the ribbon April 25 at the grand opening of the new Cyber Education and Certification Readiness Facility (CERF). U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released

CHARLESTON; S.C. (April 25, 2017)  SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic employee Wesley Jones shows visitors the racks of servers, routers, switches and cables used for hands-on training in networking and operating systems certification preparedness classes in SSC Atlantic's new Cyber Education and Certification Readiness Facility (CERF).  U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released
CHARLESTON; S.C. (April 25, 2017) SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic employee Wesley Jones shows visitors the racks of servers, routers, switches and cables used for hands-on training in networking and operating systems certification preparedness classes in SSC Atlantic's new Cyber Education and Certification Readiness Facility (CERF). U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released
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