Cisco CCNP Security

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) is a professional-level certification. Credential holders possess the skills necessary to manage and maintain security in network devices and appliances, such as routers and switches. CCNP Security professionals are qualified to recommend and choose networking solutions for firewalls, VPNs, and IDSs/IPSs, as well as deploy, support, and maintain such solutions.

Certification Update Announcement

On February 28, 2012, Cisco announced a major update to the Cisco CCNP Security certification. The goal is to deliver job-ready training designed to provide the most up-to-date information on new security products and best practices to meet evolving threats and compliance requirements.

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

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).

• Prerequisite Certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) or Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) plus Securing Cisco Network Devices (SND) exam pass (retired in November 2008)
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 2 to 4 years

Test Track

Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v2.0) 642-618
     • Exam cost: $200 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com
     • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification
     • Update video from the Cisco Learning Network

Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.0 (IPS v7.0) 642-627
     • Exam cost: $150 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com
     • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE) v1.0 642-637
     • Exam cost: $200 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com
     • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v2.0) 642-648
     • Exam cost: $200 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com
     • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification
     • Update video from the Cisco Learning Network

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 any 642-XXX exam that is part of the professional-level curriculum, or any CCIE lab or written exam, or the CCDE Written or Practical exam, or the Architect interview AND the Architect board review, before the certification expiration date.

CCNP Security Official Training and Self-Study

Candidates can prepare for the CCNP Security exams by taking a course from an Official Cisco Training Partner. Find a training course.

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