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Seriously, why do we need a Digital Agenda?

IoE and IoT are acronyms that are familiar to me – when I use them with friends and family, they have a big question mark on their face (I learned how to read question marks on faces during my time teaching at universities in Japan.).

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

The fact is that there are lots of those networks of connected physical objects already out there
– list of countries by IoT devices online per 100 inhabitants

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… and they estimate that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020!

That is why we need a digital agenda – we need to make sure that this growing number of networks are reliable and secure.

Are you involved in the study, management, development and implementation of systems and concepts to combat information warfare?

Are you working on improving information systems security?arminSimma

Armin Simma from the Networking Academy at FH Vorarlberg is heading the Mini Track on Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things: Security and Privacy with his co-chair Nasser Abouzakhar from the University of Hertfordshire.

Join them, share your knowledge and experience:
CALL FOR PAPERS
15th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security ECCWS 2016
Munich, Germany, 7-8 July 2016

Armin Simma is a senior lecturer at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria. After graduating at the University of Linz, Austria he worked 2 years at CERN, Switzerland, working in projects for DASA (Daimler Chrysler Aerospace), ESA (European Space Agency) and other organizations worldwide (e.g. IT services for tax office Oslo/Norway). Since 2001 he is teaching and doing research in the areas of IT security, virtualization, cloud technology, operating systems and computer networks.

Keywords:
Government’s Digital Agenda, embedded systems, industrial malware analysis, security and privacy, industrial IoT and Industry 4.0.

LINKS

Call for Papers:Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things: Security and Privacy

Conference Website ECCWS 2016

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015

Internet of Things explained by Wikipedia

Summer News – CCNA 5.1 is here

We hope that the summer had a lot of relaxing time to recharge your batteries for all of you and the start into a new semester and school year takes off with a momentum:

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Our NetSpace team heard all of your input and feedback, thought about it and created CCNA 5.1 “the best CCNA ever” … statement from the German community.

What is the change?

Parts of the very demanding content was moved to the appendix, repetitions were deleted, explanatory video material was added and the supporting instructor materials were updated and improved.

LINKS to drill down into the details

The News and Events post includes the availability of the CCNA R&S ITN 5.1 Overview and the CCNA R&S 5.03 and CCNA R&S 5.1 Announcement ‚Äď A recording outlining the curriculum enhancements
One more place to check Instructor Resource Spotlight

profile-image-display.jspaHere is an explanation from Eugene Morozov [22 min] Technical Manager on the NetAcad Team.

<<<< yes, this recording includes the invitation and details to the IPD week from 28th of September to 1st of October 2015 where the new features of CCNA 5.1. will be one of the topics.

What is the IPD week? IPD stands for Instructor Professional Development and you can self-enrol to this course, letting you have access to lots of instructor resources, learn about how other instructors use the course materials and much more.

This recording covers the updates to CCNA R&S curriculum.

CCNA R&S 5.03 update is the migration of the courses content to a new improved learning environment.

CCNA R&S ITN 5.1 update – Introduction to Networks course content have been reorganized and improved to address many concerns shared by instructor community.

Overview of the tools that can be used for planning and delivering courses includes:

– Instructor Resource Spotlight
– IPGs (Instructor Planning Guides)
– Activity Maps
– Teaching Best Practices
– Global IPD Week
– New course environment and content

 

Let us know if there are any issues or questions and contact your AAM or Technical Manager.

Happy to get in contact with you through your comments here as well ūüôā

Have a great rest of the summer and come back rejuvenated

Jutta Jerlich, Eugene Morozov

 

Congratulations – Trade39 WorldSkills Participants in Sao Paulo 2015

#benetacad #netacad @eskills4jobs

Showing my highest respect for the achievement of the Trade39 WorldSkills participants in different cultural conventions … I lift my hat¬†¬†¬† ….¬†¬†¬† I bow¬†¬† …¬†¬† when I see the results of the Trade39 WorldSkills participants in Sao Paulo from Europe.

Huge Congratulations!!! I have the highest respect for all of your achievements in this very challenging global competition:

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David Csongradi, Hungary

BRONZE

Pekka Tuukkanen, Finland

 

MEDAILLION for EXCELLENCE

Ponnudurai Thushjandan, Switzerland

Alexandre Etienne, France

Stamm Simon, Germany

Miller Richard, UK

Jonathan Linder, Liechtenstein

Rui Chaves, Portugal

 

and

Tanel Peep, Estonia

Adrian Flodell, Sweden

Johannes Pinger, Austria

Diego Soto, Spain

 

The Austrian Team >>

Johannes Pinger, is a student at the Cisco Academy  HTL Wien Rennweg. His teacher, mentor and expert is Christian Schoendorfer, ASC, ITC, Instructor Trainer. Thank you very much Christian for driving the IT Education in and for Austria.
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The Estonian Team >>

Tanel Peep works as vocational teacher at Viljandi Vocational Education Centre and also administrates the school IT. Expert Toivo PaŐąrnpuu is IT Manager at Networking Academy Tallinn Polytechnic School

The Finish Team >>

Pekka Tuukkanen [about him in Finish] and expert Markus Lintuala who was a competitor in London 2011 and EuroSkills 2010 in Lisboa. First international expert experience in EuroSkills Lille competitions 2014.

The French Team

Alexandre Etienne and expert Benjamin Callar who was competitor in Worldskills Calgary, then a team leader for Euroskills 2010, Euroskills 2012 and Worldskills 2013.

The German Team >>

Simon Stamm is working at Leibniz University IT Services and will start an integrated degree program at TUI InfoTec GmbH as IT business engineer in August this year. Expert Almut Leykauff-Bothe is one of the few female instructors and long-term Cisco Academy partner in the Multi-Media Berufsbildende Schulen (MMBbS) in Hannover Germany.
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The Hungarian Team >>

David Csongradi and expert ZoltaŐĀn SisaŐĀk who is also Managing Director, Chairman of the Board for the HTTP Foundation, a very valuable and long term partner in the Cisco Networking Academy.
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The Liechtenstein Team >>

Jonathan Linder [profile in German] and expert Stefan Wachter work for the same company Ivoclar Vivadent AG in Schaan that is active training new talents within vocational education phramework.

The Portuguese Team >> 

Rui Chaves is a student at Cisco Academy ENTA- Escola de Novas Tecnologias dos Açores. Expert Daniel Medeiros is Director of Operations for Globestar Systems and has his own consulting company. He is a dedicated Cisco Network Academy Instructor at ENTA and has been involved with Worldskills since 2009, was an expert in Calgary will be the Chief Expert for Euroskills competition that will happen in EuroSkills Gothenburg in Dec 2016.

The Swedish Team >>
Adrian Flodell is a Networking Academy Student from the Cisco Academy Katrineholms Tekniska College
Expert Andreas Strömgren competed at the WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka and already was the Swedish expert in Leipzig 2013. He and the Swedish competitor from Calgary 2009 run a small company together.

WorldSkills Chief Expert: Anders Lantz is also from Sweden
www.worldskills.se

The Swiss Team >>

Thushjandan Ponnudurai is an apprentice at the University of Bern. Expert Danny Meier is an experienced WorldSkills professional, he works for Heiniger & Partner AG.
www.swiss-skills.ch

 

LINKS

More articles about WorldSkills

Results TRADE39 WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015

All results WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015

 

Stay tuned for

EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg in Dec 2016

Kick-off > Lift-off > Take-off …

From NetRiders participant to WorldSkills competitor to being an Expert in¬†WorldSkills to starting your own company … one of the personal stories.

If you talk to someone who has been at one of the WorldSkills competitions, you will learn that their experience has effected their in a similar way. It affected mine.

Many of the competitors were Networking Academy Students or even NetRiders before, win the National Skills Competitions,  represent their countries on a global level, become expert after that and continue to support the Skills competitions in the years after that. Here is one of many examples:

Worldskill 2015 Team Sweden

Adrian Flodell with expert Andreas Strömgren

 

The Swedish Team
Adrian Flodell is a Networking Academy Student from Katrineholms Tekniska College
Andreas Strömgren competed at the WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka and already was the Swedish expert in Leipzig 2013.

 

NEW this Year

This year will be the largest competition ever, there are new technical description and a couple of new rules upon that. Many experienced experts will help the expert team to deal with all changes.

For the first time we are launching a pilot initiative to connect Cisco experts with competitors as they prepare for the competition in August.

Another new activity: a hackathon-style event where WorldSkills Champions and local technologists team up to solve real-world problems faced by Brazilian NGOs: 12-15 August, 2015 in S√£o Paulo wsdc2015.worldskills.org

 

Cisco got really good learning materials for understanding Cisco’s devices and all the networking technology.

Tanel Pèep, Estonia

 

Stay tuned! More from and about WorldSkills competitors will follow ….

More about Worldskills at www.worldskills.org
and the competition from 11-16 August 2015 – S√£o Paulo, Brazil www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com

LINKS

Netrider representing Austria at WorldSkills

Cisco at Worldskills 2013 in Leipzig

More articles about WorldSkills

 

Smart Grid Essentials Course Available on NetSpace NOW!

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany made a new course available on the learning platform of the Cisco Networking Academy:

The 80 hours learning material provides insights on smart grid technology and reflects the technical regulation in Germany.

The course is available in German language at the beginning. Every existing instructor on NetSpace has immediate access to the new course material. Instructor training is not mandatory.

Why do we need an intelligent grid system?
We are experiencing a transition in energy supply all over the globe. Renewable energy sources produce more and more of the electrical energy demand in many countries. When we use solar and wind energy, energy providers face a significant challenge: Fluctuating energy production with changing weather conditions.

Intelligence in the grid system can help to balance the ups and downs in energy production and consumption. What will be installed in many countries over the next decade is known as a smart grid.

Grid system
Smart Grid is an Internet of Everything implementation in the energy sector
The smart grid system is a huge IT implementation program. While traditional meters were read out once a year, modern digital meters provide data every 5 minutes, every day, 12 months a year. Data about the actual household consumption and information about the grid situation has to be exchanged over an IP based network.

Electrical installers lack the competence to install a smart grid system
Traditional vocational education for electrical installers does not include competences to connect intelligent devices with the internet. But this is the qualification that millions of electrical installers all over the world will need in the next year.

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany developed a course material that will help to close the skills gap in electrical engineering. We are convinced that this will support individual employability and will help to roll our an intelligent grid infrastructure.

Smart Grid home installations

Smart Grid Essentials provides competences to install smart electrical devices
The 80 hours course explains the functionality and required devices of a smart grid home system. Students will learn how to connect smart meters with a home area network (HAN) and integrating smart meter gateways in a wide area network (WAN). Instructors can expect detailed installation procedures for smart meter installation and security aspects of a smart grid system based on German technical regulations.

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European Cybersecurity Challenge

ablauf2015_klMost countries lack sufficient IT security professionals to protect their IT infrastructure. To help mitigate this problem, many of them setup national cyber security competitions for finding young cyber talents and for encouraging them to pursue a career in cyber security.

The European Cyber Security Challenge leverages these competitions with a pan European layer to them:

The top cyber talents from each country meet to network and collaborate and finally compete against each other
to determine which country has the best cyber talents.

To find out who’s countries team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.

The competition is organized jointly in collaboration with experienced organizations from EU Member States for students. The Organizing Committee of the 1st pan-European Cyber Security Challenge is composed of the following representatives:

Who can participate?

Participants selected by their country’s organization responsible for running the ECSC qualification. In 2015, the following countries can assemble and send a team:

Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.

The selected participants should be the top participants from the national challenge and must meet the following criteria:

– They are between 14 and 30 years old
– They are a citizen of the county for which they participate or they live or study there
– They do not (yet) have a master degree or similar
– They do not have a higher education related to cyber security
(e.g., Certified Ethical Hacker, Bachelor in Forensics, …)

Team composition and categories

Teams consist of two (max. 3) coaches/staff members and a maximum of ten (10) contestants from two categories: Junior and Senior. The senior category might not contain more than five (5) members.

Junior: Between 14 and 20 years old
Senior: Between 20 and 30 years old

What are you waiting for?
Join in!

LINKS

Enisa Pan-european Cybersecurity Competition

Read all details about the European Challenge

Introduction to CyberSecurity Cisco Networking Academy

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Build your smart device

… without learning a programming language.

Some of you might remember … the ones who came to the Cisco Partner Summit in Barcelona from 22-23. October 2014. Yes, the IoE Workshop “Be Creative with IoE: building a smart thing” where we were building a smart alarm clock.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are a student, it is probably hard to imagine that teachers can also work in a team to create something together. They did and this was the team composition:

  1. Manager – ensures the projects are implemented and that everybody is working ūüôā
  2. Designer – design and construct the box
  3. Programmer – programs the software inside the boards
  4. Engineer – connect the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino, peripherals of I/O, wires

Great work, super fun and we are looking forward to IoE classrooms in the Cisco Networking Academy World.

Now we have a challenge of for everyone:

Impress Santa and get your present – Enter the #Xmashack Contest

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Thanks to the Technical Field Team of the Cisco Networking Academy Bogdan Doinea, Marc Khayat, Serges Nanfack Fomekong, Eugene Morozov and Giuseppe Cinque and the creators of the cool tool Wyliodrinyou can build cars or robots that can move around while your smart device is being programmed – Alexandru Radovici, Ioana Culic, Ovidiu Stoica who were supporting the teams.

LINKS

www.wyliodrin.com

Xmashack Contest Share with the hashtags #XmasHack #Wyliodrin

Networking Academy Partner Summit 2014

Kickstarting IT Skills with Linux Essentials

LPI_Essentials_logoCome Learn About the New NDG Linux Essentials Course

Dear ASC and ITC Partners,
Dear Instructors,

A new course is available for you to teach:  Linux Essentials
Developed by our partners NDG

You and your colleagues are invited to attend our Webinar on the benefits of teaching Linux Essentials, both for you and your students, presented by Rich Weeks from NDG. Even if you are already teaching with Linux content, this is an opportunity to see how you can make it more fun.

We have two time slots available before Christmas

Wednesday, December 17 from 16:00 to 17:00     REGISTER here

Thursday, December 18  from 12:00 to 13:00        REGISTER here

We will offer more dates in the new year, the dates will be posted as soon as we have them scheduled.

Why Should I Attend this Webinar?

  • ICT disciplines are finding value in Linux expertise and it is a great complement to networking.
  • Linux content can be challenging to teach and learn.
  • Hearing from instructors and students who found great success in the small market trial of the course.
  • … seeing a demo and being able to ask question and chat with others is always¬†kickstarting ideas.

What Is Special About the New Linux Course?

  1. The course outline aligns with the LPI.ORG Linux Essentials Certificate.
  2. The NetSpace learning environment has lessons, quizzes and assessments for high school and college.
  3. Students use virtual machines, which reduces tech support required.
  4. Material is aligned chapter by chapter with national education standards (STEM et al).
  5. Your students will add marketable job skills to their resume.

Looking forward to meeting you

Ana Vujasin, Eugene Morozov, Bogdan Doinea, Jutta Jerlich, Karol Kniewald, Nargiz Omarbekova

Young Talent learning from Cisco Engineers

Dominik HerkelCisco Unified Access Workshop

I  am Dominik Herkel, a member of the Cisco Top Talent Club initiative. Therefore I was given the chance to listen to a very interesting and future driven workshop, directly presented by a member of Cisco Systems Austria. Martin Rosensteiner, a Systems Engineer, taught us the important networking technologies and designs of tomorrow.

We discussed the pros and cons of a modern wireless architecture and how vital and critical a well-planned wireless network is for overall business success. Then we got some information about the wireless products, e.g. Cisco Aironet Access Points and Cisco Wireless Controllers, which comply with actual standards and specifications.

The wireless portfolio led us to another important aspect, which comes up with a unified access and converged infrastructure. So we learned a lot about the new Cisco switching products and how they are connected to the rest of an advanced network.

The last topic of our workshop was the cloud managed component of Cisco’s wireless products and how they are positioned on the market. This was a special interest of mine, because for me it was very important to know in which case a cloud managed wireless solution fits better than a traditional one.

At the end of the presentation, Martin discussed with us the term Software Defined Networking (SDN) and how it could be integrated today, as well as in the future into companies and governments all over the globe.

A great thanks to Martin Rosensteiner!

Dominik Herkel

LINKS

Cisco Top Talent Club Austria

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The era of cybercrime

20.11.2014
High Level Discussion at the 8. Cisco Public Service Talk 2014 in the Norwegian Embassy in Vienna

065jpg141120Ci_previewTogether with the Norwegian Ambassador Bente Angell- Hanson Cisco Austria invited 60 guests to the residence of the Ambassador to a top class expert discussion from industry, politics and education to discuss the current topic of

How can state, economy and society be protected in the era of cybercrime?

The panel

  • Knut Anders Moi – Director General for¬†rescue and emergency planning at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in Norway
  • Bente Angell-Hansen – Norwegian Ambassador
  • Corinna Milborn, Moderator¬†from TV Station PULS 4
  • Johanna Mikl-Leitner – Austrian Federal Interior Ministry
  • Achim Kaspar – General Manager Cisco Austria

The discussion brought contributions looking at the topic from different angles. It became clear that a strong collaboration between state and industry is the cornerstone. Specialists for the Cyber Crime Competence Centers been built on national levels the Cisco Networking Academy plays a central role supporting educators with newest teaching and learning materials that are freely available on NetSpace Рtheir platform being used in 165 countries around the world.

Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen is convinced that Information and Education are essential for the fight against cyber crime because¬†prevention can only be successful when the population is informed. The new NetAcad course “Introduction to Cybersecurity” aims at learners of all ages and¬†levels with no prerequisite to open the door to this topic. A topic that central for a society demands to integrate as many women as possible which is our determination. We succeeded to show this intention with the composition of the panel.

“In the context¬†of IT security the protection of civil rights is a major public debate in Norway. ¬†It is a delicate matter, to find a balance, on the one hand to protect the society¬† against cyber crime, while respecting the rights of citizens.”

Bente Angell-Hansen, designed Norwegian ambassador

LINKS

Pressemeldung Public Service Talk 2014 [in German]

Interested to join the Networking Academy Community?

The event will be covered in two Austrian newspapers: Format and Wirtschaftsblatt.

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