Deirra J. Footman

Senior Network Engineer & Digital 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 off 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. This site is my space to share my work, advice and my journey as a Woman In Tech.

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My Story

“Every Expert was Once a Beginner”…

Deirra discovered her passion for Science and Technology at a young age growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. As a child, she spent her downtime researching how various technologies worked. 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.

“Just a girl who decided to go for “I.T”

During her almost ten year career, Deirra has continued to work to establish herself as a subject matter expert in the areas of routing and switching, network monitoring/analysis and Network Design. She has built her expertise in Cisco enterprise environments designing, implementing and managing projects to complete infrastructure upgrades/enhancements, life cycle replacements and deploying new services to meet business goals and objectives. She has also worked to expand her skill set into Collaboration, Security, Programming and Project Management. Deirra continues to grow her technical knowledge by working towards various industry certifications. She currently holds her CCNA in Routing and Switching and is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and IT Management.

“Someone taught me, and now it’s my job to teach someone else.”

In 2016, Deirra published her blog CCIE By 30. CCIE By 30 has enabled Deirra to combine her love of writing and passion for education.  On the site, Deirra shares her experience in Cisco Networking, technical resources, certification study tips, career tips as well as reviews on industry trends. Since its publishing, CCIE By 30 has gained the attention of industry experts and a growing social media following. 

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 & Recognition

2019 RealList Engineer’s List

The 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.

2019 Cisco Champion
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. The Cisco Champions program encompasses people with interests across Cisco’s technology portfolio, including Data Center, IoT, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration, and Security.

Best Certification Study Journey
2018 IT Blog Awards, Hosted by Cisco

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

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Professional Experience & Certifications


Deirra has ten years of experience in Cisco enterprise environments designing, implementing and managing projects to complete infrastructure upgrades/enhancements, life-cycle replacements and implement new services to meet business goals and objectives.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Routing and Switching
  • Cisco Security Technologies
  • Data Center Technologies
  • Network Monitoring and analysis

For More Information, Connect with me on LinkedIn