Advanced Security Training: New SonicWall Network Security Professional (SNSP) Course & Certification

Building on the success of the recently released SonicWall Network Security Administrator (SNSA) course and certification, SonicWall is proud to announce the release of the SonicWall Network Security Professional (SNSP) course.

Designed for today’s IT professionals who need to go beyond basic administration skills, the SNSP program provides network and security engineers with the in-depth technical knowledge required to maximize the capabilities of SonicWall’s next-generation firewall appliances in complex environments.

What is SNSP and how is it improved?

The SNSP cybersecurity training program includes 16 learning modules taught during two days of instructor-led classroom training, including advanced routing, interface settings, advanced high availability and implementing best practices. It features:

  • 60 percent hands-on labs
  • 40 percent training lectures
  • Based on the recently released SonicOS 6.5.2 firmware

The SNSP will replace the existing Network Security Advanced Administrator (NSAA) course, which will be retired on June 30, 2019. After this date, no additional NSAA courses will be offered. However, the associated Certified SonicWall Security Professional (CSSP) certification will remain valid for two years after completion.

Delivery of the SNSP program will align with other SonicWall certification courses and will be incorporated into our existing Authorized Training Partner (ATP) strategy. This will ensure consistency in the delivery of training, regardless of where it is received, or which ATP provides it.

For more information on the SNSP course, or to find scheduled classes, go to the SonicWall Training and Certification page.

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Robert (Bob) VanKirk
As the SVP and Chief Revenue Officer for SonicWall, Bob is responsible for driving top-line revenue across SonicWall’s global regions. Prior to his current role, Bob was SVP of Strategic Sales, implementing direct customer touch across SonicWall’s strategic accounts and key verticals such as the U.S. federal government, retail, state and local government, and education.

In less than eight months, the team delivered key revenue with record quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth. Prior to Strategic Sales, VanKirk was SonicWall’s Chief Marketing Officer where he led the corporate, product management, product marketing and field marketing teams. In just over a year, the teams successfully launched record product releases, new threat data and a new corporate campaign with global marketing programs. As a result, SonicWall set new records around installed base upgrades, in-bound contact sales, press and media coverage, social engagement, and industry awards and recognition, resulting in being named Marketing Team of the Year in the 2018 Info Security Product Guide Global Excellence Awards.

Prior to joining SonicWall, Bob was Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with Silent Circle, the leader in enterprise privacy. Key accomplishments included establishing updated sales processes, increasing customer retention and implementing Silent Circle’s go-to-market strategy with a focus on driving revenue via channel partners. This resulted in delivering rapid growth and customer acquisition within the enterprise segment globally. Prior to Silent Circle, Bob was SVP of Americas Sales and Service with Entrust for 14 years where he drove regional sales and service across the Americas, ran global marketing, implemented Entrust’s Customer Value Analysis initiative and established the inside sales and SSL teams. The team consistently delivered year-over-year growth, surpassing two times the market growth rate, adding a record number of net new Fortune 1,000 customers with world class renewal rates across the installed base.

Bob received a B.A. from Davidson College and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University in Business and Policy.
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