Deirra J. Footman

SENIOR NETWORK ENGINEER & CONTENT CREATOR

By day, I work to create and support innovative network solutions to keep businesses moving forward. By night, I create relevant content related to the IT field and provide career advice based on my experiences. I’m a passionate advocate for Women in Technology and STEM Education with a goal to inspire others to pursue careers in the field.

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My Story

 

Deirra discovered her passion for Science and Technology at a young age growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. As a child, she always enjoyed taking things apart to figure out how they worked. That curiosity allowed her to build her analytical and problem-solving skills. 


Deirra’s love for computer technology and thirst for knowledge led her to enroll in the Cisco Network Academy in High School. This opportunity opened the door to the world of Computer Networking and Information Security. Her passion for the field led her to complete additional self-study and excel in the course and landed her an internship with the Baltimore City Public School District in her Senior Year. This internship served as the launchpad for a lucrative career.

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Over the past 10+ years, Deirra has continued to work to build her skill set as an engineer in various industries including K-12 Education, Federal Government & Healthcare. She has worked on various projects related to life cycle refreshments, Network Redesigns, Network Segmentation, and various Network technology implenmentations. 

She is now focusing on expanding her skill set into Network Security and the Cloud with the goal of moving into Security Architecture.  She currently holds her CCNA in Routing and Switching and is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and IT Management.

 

In 2016, Deirra published her blog CCIE By 30 initially to document her career journey to earning her CCIE and to find a community to connect with. Since then Deirra has built ber platform and established herself as a leader and influencer in the tech industry.  

As a woman and a person of color in the technology field, Deirra understands the unique challenges for those looking to enter the industry can feel. As a passionate advocate for Women and People of Color, Deirra hopes that sharing her story will inspire others to pursue a career in the Technology field.

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Awards

 
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Cisco

Cisco Champion 2019-2021

Cisco Champions are part of a global group of highly influential technical experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco.

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Technical.ly

2019 RealList Engineers List

The Technical.ly RealLIST Engineers are among the most influential software developers, architects and technologists impacting their companies and communities. This is a list of the doers — those who commit code, solve problems and build solutions.

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Cisco

2018 IT Blog Awards: Best Certification Study Journey 

The first-ever IT Blog Awards, hosted by Cisco, was created to recognize our community of independent tech bloggers for the creativity, passion and expertise delivered throughout the year

 

Press

 
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The Route to Networking

Hamilton Barnes

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Let's Talk Tech: You Charge Too Much!

TechTual Chatter

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Women in Network Engineering: Deirra Footman / CCIE by 30

Lightyear

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Women In Technology - Deirra Footman

Sly Gittens – Tech Simplified

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S8 | E24 Cisco Routed Optical Networking Solution for the Next Decade

Cisco Champion Radio

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Wanna Be a Network Engineer? | TCP Handshakes Chat with Deirra Footman

CyberInsight

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Beards & Beers: CCIE BY 30

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

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InfoSec Unplugged

Alpha Cyber Security

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Episode 13 - CCIEby30

The Art of Network Engineering

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S7 | E36 Insights into Blogging, Vlogging and Podcasting

Cisco Champion Radio

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Interview #11: Deirra J. Footman, Network Engineering

Julie Ann Howlett

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B-More with City School Alumni: Deirra Footman

Baltimore City Public Schools

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Meet 15 devs powering Baltimore tech: The inaugural RealLIST Engineers

Technical.ly

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Meet The Winners Of the IT Blog Awards

Cisco Perspectives 

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5 Questions I Get Asked as a Woman In Tech

Westword by 14 West

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Interview with Deirra Footman

Lab Everyday By Du'an Lightfoot

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Behind The Scenes with Deirra Footman

The Expressive Espresso Podcast

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CTE Alumni Spotlight

Baltimore City Public Schools

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Women In Networking

Hamition Barnes

 

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