Cisco refreshes CCIE security lab exam

Cisco has updated the lab portion of the CCIE Security exam to include new Cisco security equipment and

 the inclusion of new questions. The new lab exam will be available in April 2009, and students with lab exams scheduled mid-April or later should prepare using the v3.0 Lab Equipment and Software Versions, according to Cisco. Candidates prior to mid-April should continue using the v2.0 Lab Equipment and Software Versions.

 The Cisco 2600, 3600 and 3700 Series routers have been replaced by the Cisco 3800 and 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers. Other replacements include Catalyst 3550 Series switches being replaced by the 3560 Series. The Cisco PIX 500 Series Security Appliances Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrators are replaced by the Integrated Services Routers. Job performance operating skills, such as troubleshooting have been enhanced in the new lab, says Mary Ng of Learning@Cisco.

Ng says: "The new CCIE Security Lab Exam assess the ability to understand and address business objectives for IT security risk management. Successful CCIE Security candidates will be able to operate, optimize, and secure more complex network environments that use Cisco's newest ASA 8.X VPN/Firewall, IPS v6.X sensor appliance, and ACS 4.X security solutions. The new exam will also focus on various techniques and solutions to identify and mitigate network attacks.  Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part of the new CCIE Security Lab exam."

More details and an exam blueprint can be found at the CCIE Security Certification Web site.

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