Nexus Achieves Cisco Master Security Specialization

Feb 02, 2010 (03:02 PM EST)

VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nexus announced today that it has achieved the Master Security Specialization from Cisco. This specialization recognizes Nexus as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy, and support highly sophisticated Cisco network security solutions.

"This accomplishment is reinforcement of our continued commitment to excellence for our customers, associates, and partners," said Deron Pearson, President and Co-Founder of Nexus. "The Master Security Specialization is a testament to our continued investment in people, technology, and tools."

"The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize resale channel partners who have taken the steps to be able to deliver a self-defending network consisting of integrated, collaborative and adaptive security solutions and full lifecycle services," said Edison Peres, Senior Vice President and Chief Go-To-Market Officer for Worldwide Channels at Cisco. "For Nexus to achieve the Master Security Specialization is an outstanding achievement."

The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize an elite group of resale channel partners who have invested in the most in-depth technology skills and have demonstrated success in providing services for Cisco's more value-added security solutions. These include Cisco Security Agent, Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (Cisco Security MARS), Network Admission Control, and Cisco IOS® Software. Partners with a highly qualified security practice can achieve a Master Security Specialization regardless of certification level.

To achieve the Master Security Specialization, partners must first attain the Advanced Security Specialization. Partners must then meet a series of stringent requirements in three categories:  technology capabilities, sales expertise, and Cisco Lifecycle Services. Channel partners must possess a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements; provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities; and supply evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.  

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit.  Cisco resale partner certifications—Select, Premier, Silver and Gold—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner's ability to deliver integrated networking solutions.  Cisco resale partner specializations—SMB, Express, Advanced and Master—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.  Cisco master specializations provide Nexus access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About Nexus

A Cisco Gold Certified Partner, Nexus also holds Masters Specializations in Unified Communications and Security. These designations recognize Nexus for its in-depth sales capabilities, technology skills and service offerings, as well as proven experience and investment in training and personnel needed to meet the growing global demand for highly sophisticated, applications-based solutions. Nexus holds Cisco Advanced Specializations in Unified Communications, Data Center, Wireless LAN, and Security as well as Cisco Advanced Technology Provider designations for Unified Contact Center Enterprise, Data Center Unified Computing, Cisco TelePresence, Customer Voice Portal, MDS Fabric Switching and Outdoor Wireless Mesh. Additionally, Nexus partners with industry leaders: Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, and NEC Unified Solutions to ensure its customers are provided the most comprehensive and up-to-date technology. For additional information, please visit