Cisco Gets It Right With CCNA:Security

Finally Cisco has got it right with their CCNA:Security certification. One of my gripes about the CCNA certification in the past is that it does not address enough about security. OK, I know I’m biased being that I specialize in security, but still, it seems to me that everyone who works with routers should be trained in such things as AAA, IOS firewall configurations, and VPNs. With the CCNA:Security specialization, those who have their CCNA can prove to employers that they not only know the fundamentals of configuring Cisco routers and switches, but are specialized in security configuration. The CCNA:Security specialization is one additional exam (640-553 IINS) after having completed the CCNA certification. It covers the Security Device Manager (SDM), role based CLI, AAA, IOS firewall, and site-to-site VPNs. You can read more about this exam by visiting http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le0/le1/learning_certification_type_home.html. I found the exam to be a good balance between the various security configuration options on Cisco routers and switches. I also like the fact that it covers some of the common attacks and the countermeasures to effectively address those attacks. Go Cisco!

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