CCIE Lab Rats?
I was listening to Show 67, of the "Packet Pushers" podcast describing the CCIE Security Track update with Natalie Timms, CCIE Security Program/Product Manager for Cisco. It's a little over a year old, but contained some interesting insights on the CCIE program in general and where it's going. One of the challenges that Natalie described was preventing cheating on the labs. There was also mention of how many CCIE candidates are "spoon fed" the lab content, in terms of 3rd party vendors teaching to the CCIE lab, instead of candidates reading the blue print, seeking out the documentation, and relying on current and past experience in order to pass. Do you feel that's a fair assessment? Do 3rd party vendors go too far in how they provide training, or is Cisco just threatened by the increase in competition from training vendors such as INE or IPExpert. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts and opinions!