Major update on Cisco CCNA Security and CCNP Security certifications

Cisco Systems is updating the courses and certifications for its CCNA Security and CCNP Security designations. The updates follow on the vendor’s regular 18 to 24 months renewal cycle for its certifications, and the new versions of the courses will include more material related to IPv6 and access control lists.

CCNA Security Certification
Cisco security certifications provide IT professionals with the skills to help ensure critical data remains safe and networks meet compliance requirements.

Business trends such as bring your own device ("BYOD"), mobility, cloud and virtualization are creating opportunities for new threats and challenges to corporate networks. Security breaches and the compromise of sensitive information are major concerns for organizations worldwide.

Many of the Cisco products that are covered under CCNA/CCNP Security have become simpler to use and manage so that individual job roles can do more, said Andy Gremett, senior manager of product marketing at Cisco. The new versions of the courses and exams were designed based on the idea that security professional roles are being asked to do more.

CCNP Security Certification
Additionally, Cisco is updating its VPN Security Specialist and Firewall Security Specialist designations. Both specialist exams are being updated.

All of the new exams are available now through Pearson Vue examination centres.
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Key Facts: Cisco updates CCNA/CCNP Security certifications

  1. New topics that are included in the updated training include Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance version 8.3 and 8.4 software, Cisco AnyConnect 3.0 and traditional IPsec clients, EtherChannel and the latest firewall features.

  2. CCNA Security lays the foundation for job roles such as Network Security Specialist, Security Administrator and Network Security Support Engineer. The certification courses and exams have been updated to include 640-554 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS).

  3. CCNP Security is aligned specifically to the job role of the Network Security Engineer. Network Security Engineers are 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. CCNP Security courses and exams have been updated to include 642-648 Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v2.0) as well as 642-618 Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v2.0).


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