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

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CCSP Certification Exams

October 9, 2010 by · Comments Off on CCSP Certification Exams
Filed under: CCSP, Cisco 

Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional Recognition

Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) validates advanced knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. With a CCSP certification, a network professional demonstrates the skills required to secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity, mitigate threats, and reduce costs. The CCSP curriculum emphasizes Cisco Router IOS (ISR) and Catalyst Switch security features, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), secure VPN connectivity, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Cisco Security Agent(CSA), Security Enterprise and Device Management, Network Admission Control (NAC) as well as techniques to optimize these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution. In addition, CCSP leverages the new CCNA Security certification as a prerequisite.

 

Cisco Certified Security Professional Prerequisite

CCNA Security OR CCNA + SND* OR any CCIE Certification can act as a pre-requisite.
*Last day for using this pre-requisite is November 17, 2011. 

 

Important Information Regarding CCSP Certification Exam Paths

The Cisco exams, Securing Network Devices (SND), and the elective exam Securing Hosts Using Cisco Security Agent (HIPS) are now retired effective November 17, 2008. Securing Networks with PIX and ASA (SNPA), reached end of life on 1/18/2009. Candidates testing for their CCSP certification, who have passed the SND, HIPS or SNPA exams may use them towards their certification for three years from the day on which they passed the test.

In addition, the exams, Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (642-503 SNRS) and Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (642-544 MARS) reached end of life on 1/18/2009 and have been refreshed. Candidates testing for their CCSP certification who have passed the 642-503 SNRS or 642-544 MARS exams may use them towards their certification for three years from the day on which they passed the test.

Candidates wishing to start studying for the MARS exam and / or the SNRS exam to meet their CCSP certification requirements should test using the new 642-504 SNRS exam and / or the new 642-545 MARS exam(s).

 

Cisco Certified Security Professional Exams & Recommended TrainingRequired Exams

642-504 SNRS  Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SNRS) 

642-524 SNAF  Securing Networks with ASA Foundation (SNAF) 

642-533 IPS   Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) 

And

642-591 CANAC  Implementing Cisco NAC Appliance (CANAC)
OR
642-545 MARS   Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS)
OR
642-515 SNAA   Securing Networks with ASA Advanced (SNAA) 
 

 Cisco Certified Security Professional Recertification

Cisco professional level certifications (CCNP, CCNP Wireless, CCDP, CCSP, CCVP, and CCIP) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass any 642 exam that is part of the professional level curriculum or any CCIE/CCDE written exam before the certification expiration date.

Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved. For more information, access the Cisco About Recertification page.