The Cisco Certified Network Professional for Security (CCNP Security) certification validates advanced knowledge and skills required by Network Security Engineers (NSEs) in order to determine the right technology and solutions in order to architect secure Cisco networks. With a CCNP Security certification, a network professional demonstrates the skills required to secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity, mitigate threats, and reduce costs. The CCNP Security curriculum emphasizes Cisco Router IOS (ISR) and Catalyst Switch security features, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), secure VPN connectivity, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), as well as techniques to optimize these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution. In addition, CCNP Security leverages the CCNA Security certification as a prerequisite.
Candidates must be a CCNA Security in good standing. To be certified as a CCNA Security implies that the candidate has already been a CCNA in good standing, and then has taken and passed the CCNA Security certification exam.
Recommended training for this certification
Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE)
Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System 7.0 (IPS 7)
Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Features (FIREWALL)
Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN)
642-627 IPS 7.0
Cisco professional level certifications (CCNP, CCNP Wireless, CCNP Security, CCDP, CCSP, CCVP, and CCIP) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass any 642 exam that is part of the professional level curriculum or any CCIE/CCDE written exam before the certification expiration date.