The CCNP Security has been around for a while now, and over the years Cisco has updated it to reflect the current technology trends. This is the case once again as Cisco has redesigned the security program in a big way.
The previous CCNP Security program covered Router and Switch Security in the course called SECURE. ASA firewall configurations were covered in the course called FIREWALL, and VPN configurations using the Cisco ASA were covered in the course VPN. Intrusion Prevention was covered in the course called IPS. Each of these were more or less a product training class. The market however, has transitioned with technologies such as cloud, mobility, and a borderless environment. The new Cisco CCNP program addresses these market transitions and ensures that those certified as a CCNP Security are well rounded as opposed to just being product trained.
The new CCNP Security certification reflects the skills that a network security engineer would need it have in todays environment. Network security engineers today must understand complete security posture. The previous courses were product specific and didn’t do the best job at teaching the student how technologies interacted. The new program is much more well rounded in this respect. Don’t get me wrong, the skills you learned in the previous CCNP Security program are still very valuable.
One of the neat things about the new CCNP Security courses is that they use a common network topology. This is a huge improvement on previous versions as a student in the program can now focus on the technology at hand rather than learning a new topology every time they advance between courses. It also give students the big picture of the end-to-end security posture as they progress through the program and enables better understanding of contingencies and interactions between technology. This is more inline with real world scenarios.
Below is an example of the common topology that’s used in the new program. As you can see from the reference image, each of the current technologies are represented including Web and Email security appliances, Cisco ISE, the Cisco ASA and ISR routers. Supporting devices are also seen in the topology such as servers and PC’s.
The New CCNP Security Courses
The new CCNP Security program consists of four courses. Each of the courses are as listed below, along with their exam number. As usual, the exam is taken through a Pearson VUE test center.
|Course Name||Exam Information||Course Information||Availability|
|Implementing Cisco Edge Network Security Solutions (SENSS)||300–206 SENSS||300–206 SENSS Course||April 2014|
|Implementing Cisco Threat Control Solutions (SITCS)||300–207 SITCS||300–207 SITCS Course||May 2014|
|Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS)||300–208 SISAS||300–208 SISAS Course||March 2014|
|Implementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS)||300–209 SIMOS||300–209 SIMOS Course||April 2014|
Are You Already Working On The CCNP Security?
Don’t worry! Candidates in the process of attaining their CCNP Security certification have the option of completing their remaining exams before the last date to test of April 21, 2014 or of migrating to the new exams, with credit applied for existing exams passed. Cisco has a CCNP Security Certification Exams Migration Path page up that details the migration path for those who decide to migrate.
For those who decide to complete the current exam path Global Config Technology Solutions, Inc. will be offering each of the four classes in the month of March in our Live Online format at a discounted rate. This will still afford the opportunity to complete the CCNP Security prior to the cut-off date of April 21st, 2014. Our special schedule is as follows:
|March 3, 2014||March 10, 2014||March 17, 2014||March 24, 2014|
Use the coupon-code , “GETCCNPSECURITY” at checkout for 50% off the listed course price. This offer is only provided directly though Global Config Technology Solutions, Inc. using our online booking system or by calling 800–791–4410, and is not open to any additional discounts. Each course is recorded and students have access to each session at no additional cost. These recordings are posted after the class run date in a private student members area.
With market transitions such as the cloud, mobility, and the “Internet of Things” creating an expanded surface of attack, and an increase not only in the prevalence, but impact and cost, of network intrusions, there is a growing demand by employers for network security engineers with a thorough understanding of a holistic, end-to-end network security posture. The redesigned CCNP Security certification does a nice job at validating the required skills that network security engineers need to design, deploy, maintain, and manage an end-to-end network security solution. As a Cisco Learning Partner, Global Config would like to be a part of your success. If you’re interested in learning more about the new CCNP security program please feel free to contact us. Additionally, you may find that your company has Cisco Learning Credits that you can redeem with us. Ask one of our representatives for more details.