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There is several security certifications available today, so it's important to understand what is what. Generally generic certifications should be accompanied by one of several  vendor technologies certifications (such as those available from Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, CheckPoint, etc.)

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Vendor specific:


CISCO Security Specialist Certification

Cisco Security Specialist Certification Information

Cisco Security Specialist

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This vendor-specific certification is offered by:
Cisco Systems
San Jose, CA, USA
Phone: 800-553-6387
Email: [email protected]

Skill Level: Intermediate                        
Certification Summary:
For individuals who wish to demonstrate proficiency in designing, installing, and supporting Cisco security solutions. Part of the Cisco Qualified Specialist program.

Initial requirements:
Must hold CCNA certification. Must also pass four exams: Managing Cisco Network Security (MCNS) (640-442); Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced (CSPFA) (9E0-571); Cisco Secure Intrusion Detection System (CSIDS) (9E0-558); and Cisco Secure VPN (CSVPN) (9E0-570).

Continuing requirements:
You must recertify every two years by taking the then current exam.

Low Cost: $500   High Cost: Not available

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Cisco Security Specialist Prerequisites

Valid CCNA certification

Cisco Security Specialist 1 Exams & Recommended Training (Register for Exams) ALERT


Recommended Training

640-442 MCNS

Managing Cisco Network Security (MCNS)

9E0-571 CSPFA

Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced (CSPFA)

9E0-558 CSIDS


9E0-572 IDSPM

Formerly CSIDS v1.0. No training currently available for 9E0-558 preparation


Cisco Secure Intrusion Detection System Version 2.1 (CSIDS 2.1) for 9E0-572 preparation

9E0-570 CSVPN

Cisco Secure VPN (CSVPN)

Cisco Security Specialist Recertification

Security Specialist certifications are valid for two years. To recertify, take and pass the current version of appropriate security exams. (For a limited time, candidates holding an active CCNP Security Specialization may obtain a Cisco Security Specialist 1 certification by passing the 9E0-571 CSPFA and 9E0- 570 CSVPN exams.)

Related Information
  Cisco Security Specialist 1 Data Sheet (pdf only)
  CCIE Security
  VPN and Security Specialization for Partners and Resellers
  Security Product Information
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