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.
• 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)
Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v2.0) 642-618
Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v2.0) 642-648
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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Two courses are recommended for CCNA 640-802 certification: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 1 (ICND1), and Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 2 (ICND2).