Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security is one of the most popular certifications that allow career aspirants to start their career in computer security. Security is one of the most lucrative tech industries with impressive salaries. CCNA Security endorses beginner-level knowledge and skills to secure Cisco networks.
As a CCNA certified security professional, you can demonstrate skills required to implement a security infrastructure, mitigate threats and manage risk, recognize threats and vulnerabilities and create a solid security foundation to protect important assets of a company. The CCNA security covers topics ranging from core security technologies, installing and implementing security perimeter and troubleshooting and monitoring network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and network devices.
The exam that grants CCNA security certificate goes by the exam number 640-554 - Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS). This exam endorses your ability to secure Cisco routers and switches in a particular network. You will be tested for the knowledge required to install, troubleshoot, and monitor network devices to maintain data integrity.
These exam covers following major topics:
- Common Security Threats
- Security and Cisco Routers
- AAA on Cisco Devices
- IOS ACLs
- Secure Network Management and Reporting
- Common Layer 2 Attacks
- Cisco Firewall Technologies
- Cisco IPS
- VPN Technologies
Cisco CCNA Security is specifically designed for a network security engineer who is responsible for the security of routers, switches, networking devices and appliances. As a network security engineer, you should be adept at deploying, managing, and troubleshooting firewalls, IDS/IPS, VPNS and the respective networking environment.
The duration of the exam is 90 minutes (55-65 questions - multiple choice, multiple answer, drag/drop and fill-in the blanks) and the candidates must achieve a passing score of 825 out of 1000.
CCNA Security is the prerequisite for CCSP or Cisco Certified Security professional certification exam.
Benefits of Cisco CCNA Security:
- Easily demonstrates your competence to a potential contractor or employer
- Certification helps you set out and follow a career path
- Becoming officially accredited as an IT Professional
- It can provide additional career advancement.
- It can provide greater recognition from peers.
- It can significantly affirm and enhance your professional skills, improve your employment prospects, and boost your salary.
CCNA Security Certification confirms that the IT Professional has the skill-set needed for a wide variety of IT security jobs and roles. This certification verifies that you have the skills to install, troubleshoot, and monitor various network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality and availability of these systems. IT organizations that hire CCNA Security certified professional will be sure that have a qualified IT staff that can advance a security network, identify security threats and susceptibilities to networks, and mitigate these various security threats.
Robert Welles. Security Analyst, IT Conversion, LLC.