Cisco Security Certification

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Learn the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.

New certification requirements starting Feb 24, 2020. To view changes, click here.

There are three levels to the Cisco Routing & Switching certification.

CCNA Security
Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. With a CCNA Security certification, a network professional demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.
Prerequisite
Any valid Cisco CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
210-260 IINS
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS)
Recertification
On Feb 24, 2020 the recertification policy will be changing.
CCNA Security certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current Associate-level exam except for ICND1 exam or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications
CCNP Security
Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) certification program is aligned specifically to the job role of the Cisco Network Security Engineer responsible for Security in Routers, Switches, Networking devices and appliances, as well as choosing, deploying, supporting and troubleshooting Firewalls, VPNS, and IDS/IPS solutions for their networking environments.
Prerequisite
Valid CCNA Security Certification or any CCIE Certification can act as a prerequisite.
Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
300-208 SISAS
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS)
300-206 SENSS
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Edge Network Security Solutions (SENSS)
300-209 SIMOS
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions
300-210 SITCS v1.5
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Threat Control Solutions (SITCS)
Recertification
On Feb 24, 2020 the recertification policy will be changing.
Cisco Professional-level certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.
CCIE Security
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) program recognizes security experts who have the knowledge and skills to architect, engineer, implement, troubleshoot, and support the full suite of Cisco security technologies and solutions using the latest industry best practices to secure systems and environments against modern security risks, threats, vulnerabilities, and requirements.
Prerequisite
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Prior professional certifications or training courses are not required. As a CCIE Security candidate, you must first pass the written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.
Step One: CCIE Security Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering network security concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Security Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. If you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.

Recertification
On Feb 24, 2020 the recertification policy will be changing.
CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.
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