James Risler

Senior Manager, Security Content Engineering

Learning & Development

James Risler, CISSP #456200 and CCIE #15412, is a systems engineer and senior manager of security content engineering for Cisco Systems. His focus is on security technology and training development.

He oversees a team of security course developers. James has more than 25 years of experience in IP internetworking, including the design and implementation of security solutions for enterprise networks. James is responsible for leading the security training courses product development efforts for Learning@Cisco.

His area of expertise is Cyber security, threat defense training, virtual private networks, and firewall configuration. James has spoken at numerous conferences on security topics and was named Distinguished Speaker for Cisco Live 2015 and 2016.

Prior to joining Cisco Systems, James provided Cisco security training as a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI) and consulted for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

He has two bachelor’s degrees from University of South Florida and a MBA in Information Technology from The University of Tampa.

He is currently working on his Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida.


November 13, 2023


Cisco’s Journey to DoD 8140 Accreditation 

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Cisco is actively working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure certifications align with the recently issued DoD Manual 8140.03, which introduces a role-based approach to qualifying individuals in alignment with the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF).

December 9, 2018


Cisco’s DoD accreditation puts you on the forefront of cybersecurity

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The U.S. Department of Defense has approved the Cisco Certified Network Associate Cyber Ops certification program for anyone working in a Cyber Security Service Provider analyst or incident responder role.