Michael Shannon
SkillSoft Trainer

My first introduction to computing was on the Computer Lab mainframe at the University of Houston in the late 70's. My first computer training was in FORTRAN programming using IBM punch cards. However, I was officially turned on to business computing and networking principles through the music business as a producer and studio engineer. Although I still enjoy music and occasionally produce songs, my real passion is training and teaching others about information technology. I come from three generations of teachers. My great-grandmother had a huge influence on me, having taught school for 50 years. As soon as I learn something new I want to find someone and tell them about it. I have been a teacher and a trainer off and on since high school. It is my favorite way to serve others.

I have been employed by a number of successful companies since the late 1980's including MCI, ExecuTrain, Mastering Computers, Platinum Technology, Fujitsu/KnowledgePool, Boloto Group, and Mindworks. Since March 2003 I have been the owner of Kiro Consulting LLC as an IT consultant, trainer, developer, and author for companies like Que, Accusource, CBT Nuggets, Savant Publishing, CNET/Powered, Thomson, State Farm, IBM, and the Sedona Group.

  • CCNA®
  • CCNP®
  • CCNP Security®
  • CCSP®
  • CCSI®
  • CISSP®
  • MCSE®
  • CWNA®
  • CompTIA Network+®
  • CompTIA Security+®
My Live Learning Classes
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)®
  • CompTIA Network+®
  • Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Features (FIREWALL)
  • Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN)
  • Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)
  • Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)
  • Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH)
  • Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE)
My Books and Articles
  • Book: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks Exam Cram 2
  • Book: MCSE Exchange 2000 Design Exam Prep
  • Book: A+ Operating Systems Certification Study Guide
  • Book: CBT Nuggets Multimedia Training Courses - Over 25 Titles