The New CCNP Security Will Replace CCSP

December 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on The New CCNP Security Will Replace CCSP
Filed under: CCNP Security, CCSP, Cisco 

On October 19th, 2010, Cisco announced enhancements and upgrades to achieving the Cisco professional level security certification.  In doing so, the CCSP certification will be replaced in the near future by the CCNP Security certification.  The CCNP Security certification is designed to enforce the skills needed to deploy, service and support from Cisco Network Security Engineers.

For those who are pursuing the CCSP certification, the exams will be available until April 2011 and you will have the ability to obtain a CCSP until October 2011.  At that point, the CCSP will only be recognized as active until 2014, therefore it is advisable to pursue the CCNP Security.

There are 4 required exams to achieve this level of certification in the Cisco Security Track.

  1. Exam  642 – 637  Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE v1.0)
  2. Exam  642 – 627  Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.0 (IPS v7.0) –Available November 26th, 2010
  3. Exam  642 – 617  Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v1.0)
  4. Exam  642 – 647  Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v1.0) —coming soon

Learn more.

CCNP Security Certification

December 11, 2010 by · Comments Off on CCNP Security Certification
Filed under: CCNP Security, Cisco 

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.

Important information regarding CCSP and CCNP Security Certifications

On October 19, 2010, Learning@Cisco announced the evolution of the CCSP certification to CCNP Security. CCSP exams will remain available until April 2011 and individuals can still obtain a new CCSP certification until October 2011.

Individuals can recertify their existing CCSP certification by following the normal recertification process. In addition, CCSP certified individuals that have passed recognized CCNP Security exams may be eligible to receive their CCNP Security certification. Learn more.

CCNP Security Prerequisites

CCNA Security or any CCIE Certification can act as a pre-requisite. 

CCNP Security Exams & Recommended Training:

  1. 642-637  Secure v1.0 Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE v1.0) 
  2. 642-617  Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v1.0) 
  3. 642-647  Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v1.0) 
  4. 642-627  Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.0 – (IPS v7.0) 

CCNP Security Recertification

Cisco professional level certifications (CCDP, CCNP, CCSP, CCIP, CCVP, CCNP Security, CCNP SP Operations, CCNP Wireless) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  1. Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  2. Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  3. Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  4. Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications