Yusuf Bhaiji

Director of Certifications

Learning & Certifications

Yusuf is currently the Director of Certifications leading global certification programs CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, CCDE, and the new DevNet certification programs. Prior to this, he was the Product Manager for the Cisco CCIE Security certification and CCIE Proctor in Cisco Dubai and Sydney Labs. Before joining the CCIE program team, he was Technical Lead for Cisco TAC in Sydney for the Security and VPN team. Yusuf’s passion for Security technologies and solutions has played dominant role in his 30 years of industry experience, from as far back as his initial Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and since reflected in his numerous certifications. He prides himself in his knowledge sharing abilities, evident in the fact that he has mentored many successful candidates, as well as having designed and delivered a number of Network Security solutions, around the globe. Yusuf co-chairs the Cisco CCIE Advisory council and is advisory board member of several non-profit organizations for the dissemination of technologies and promoting indigenous excellence in the field of internetworking through academic and professional activities. Yusuf also chairs the Networkers Society of Pakistan (NSP) and IPv6 Forum Pakistan chapter. Yusuf Bhaiji, CCIE #9305 (R&S and Security), has been with Cisco since January 2001. Yusuf has authored Four Cisco Press books: • Network Security Technologies and Solutions – ISBN: 1-58705-246-6 • CCIE Security Practice Labs 1st Edition – ISBN: 1-58705-134-6 • CCIE Security v3.0 Configuration Practice Labs, Second Edition – ISBN: 1-58714-026-8 • CCIE Security Flash Cards – ISBN: 1-58714-217-1 In addition to authoring, he has also been a technical reviewer for several Cisco Press books, published articles, white papers, and presentations on various technologies and Cisco Certification programs. He is a frequent lecturer and well-known speaker presenting at several conferences and seminars worldwide.


August 23, 2023


Celebrating 30 Years of the CCIE Certification Program

4 min read

This year, we celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the CCIE certification. Let’s look back at where we came from—and how far we’ve come. 

April 21, 2023


What It Takes to Become a CCIE

8 min read

Before you take the leap, explore what it takes to prepare for an Expert-level Cisco certification.

December 13, 2022


Certification Roadmaps: A Holistic View to Plan Your Certification Journey

3 min read

Cisco Certification Roadmaps offer a holistic framework that gives you the updated blueprint and exam information across all Cisco certifications.

July 6, 2022


CCIE Party, Cisco Live 2022:
Reunited and It Feels so Good

2 min read

Under the slowly receding shadow of the global crisis, the first CCIE Party in two years holds a special significance.

March 29, 2022


CCIE Labs Take a Big Step Forward as BYOD Expands Mobile Lab Footprint

4 min read

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) Mobile Labs now offer an alternative testing option CCIE/CCDE lab exams.