Whether you’re new to IT, or a seasoned professional in IT, you’ve likely heard about Cisco’s new CCNP Security Certification. Perhaps you are interested in expanding your knowledge or changing your focus on security. As cyber threats become more sophisticated and common, security technologies are becoming more essential. This means that there is a growing demand for qualified professionals.
We see the CCNP Security certification as a path to security professionals. You might have seen the CCNP Security concentration, and are now wondering if certification is right for you. Is it difficult to pass? Is the CCNP Security worth it?
What is CCNP Security?
Cisco recognizes that networking is as much about security and interconnectivity as it is about connectivity. This has led to a greater focus on security training, which incorporates the best practices from previous CCNP Security versions. Security at scale is now a priority. Modern networked systems also include automation.
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Securing content in enterprise settings
Access to network resources
Enforcement of policy
One interesting fact about the core exam is that once you have passed it, you are eligible for the CCIE Security certification test. After you have obtained core exam certification, you will need to choose a concentration test. We won’t go into detail about each exam but there are six currently available:
Securing Networks using Cisco Firepower (SNCF300-710)
Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine (SISE300-715)
Secure Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance 300-720
Secure the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance (SWSA300-725)
Implementing Secure Solutions With Virtual Private Networks (SVPN300-730)
Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions (SAUTO300-735)
CCNP Security is similar other security-based certs in that it also confers DoD 8570.01M compliance. It is more network-oriented than other security-based certs. Therefore, the security concepts and principles you learn are in a Cisco context. They are also more specialized than Security+ certifications from CompTIA.
Network professionals who want to focus on securing networks and implementing security measures throughout the network will find the CCNP Security certification ideal. This exam tests candidates’ knowledge about devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, and routers.
What does CCNP Security require?
There are no prerequisites for the CCNP. To be eligible for the specialized concentration certification exams you must first pass the core exam.
This certification requires a solid understanding of networking in order to be able to obtain it. Cisco recommends that you have three to five years of experience working in a Cisco environment using Cisco networking equipment.
The CCNP Security certificate is valid for three-years and must be renewed. The best way to remain certified is to continue climbing the Cisco certification ladder. This certifies you for your current certifications and opens up new career opportunities.
How difficult is CCNP Security?
Most test takers consider the CCNP to be more difficult than their CCNA. The CCNP exam covers more material. The CCNP exam covers more material than the CCNA. Another thing to keep in mind is that questions are weighted differently across exams. The CCNP exam has fewer questions, but there are 30 more m.