It goes without saying that sending your most valuable information to an anonymous person is stupid, but think about what has been going on with CCIEs in the past few years and what that certification means to a Network Engineer. In this field, there is absolutely no certification that comes close to affecting your monthly gross income as CCIE, and that directly equates to one's quality of life. More money, less hours, prestige and respect are the given benefits of a card-carrying CCIE, with flexibility on each. A CCIE can decided to work less or more as they see fit, and make salary demands as such; In some cases, one could even work from home and carry a salary on a 'call me if you need me' basis. Imagine that! Also, a CCIE's opinion weighs more in meetings and in technical discussions; the rest of us usually have to prove what we're saying. And, of course, holding the top level certification in all of IT comes with respect; think a room full of people with Associate Degrees having a conversation with a Phd... They all shut up and listen.
So ask yourself, what would happen to your entire life if you cheated your CCIE lab and then it got out? Cisco revokes your number, and you are fired immediately from your job and left without the ability to simply find a new one, because your certification was what got you that salary in the first place. Imagine having to explain to your family that all that you have is now gone, because you don't have your CCIE number any more. That's just flat scarey to me. When I get my CCIE, I will have spent the majority of my adult life working toward that goal. To take a shortcut and then have to give it back would not only cost me my (and my families!) future, but it would also invalidate everything I've done.
Even more vicarious, are you a security clearance toting network engineer? If you work for the government or a company who plans to, you probably have one, and if you do, the number one question that you have to be able to give is that you cannot be blackmailed. Well, if you have sent your full name, Cisco Student ID, and other information that identifies you to an anonymous person on the internet then you are flat out lying if you say you can't be blackmailed. It's not even simply implied, because you may even be told up front; if you share the workbooks you are buying, they will turn you in. If they decide they don't like you for any reason, they can turn you in and you don't even know who 'they' are. That's textbook blackmail my friend. So can you be blackmailed? You gave someone permission to blackmail you when you bought your braindumps! Imagine the earlier example where you have to tell your family that you've been fired with no chance at getting a new job in the same field, and on top of that you have had your clearance revoked. I'll put it in simpler terms, you are f***ing f***ckedy f***ed.
Even beside security clearances, banks and other places that put a heavy emphasis on trust and accountability don't want you around either if you can be blackmailed. Schools wouldn't even want to touch you.
Not to sound paranoid or over dramatic or anything, but what's to stop these clowns from telling you that if you don't send them $10000 in the next month they're going to turn you in and have your Cisco ID revoked? For no reason at all, even if you don't share your workbooks you bought from them. Or what if Cisco managed to get into their records? Think they wouldn't love to have THAT database?
I don't know, just something I was thinking about as this topic seems to have reared its ugly head the last few days. As one should expect, unfortunately.
At any rate, back to studying
- Changed the date to Dec 31st 2009 to push this to the top, seems 2010 isn't an option right now.