All About the Cisco Certified Security Professional Certification

The Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) certification is the newest midlevel certification from Cisco Systems. This certification is on a par with CCNP and CCDP. The aim of this certification is to provide professional-level recognition to network engineers in the design and implementation of Cisco secure networks. This certification provides validation of knowledge and skills in key areas of security, including firewalls, intrusion detection, VPNs, identity, and security management.

To achieve the CCSP certification you must pass a set of five exams. Each exam covers a different topic in securing networks with Cisco equipment. These topics include

■ Configuring perimeter routers

■ Configuring Cisco routers with the Firewall Feature Set

■ Securing Cisco routers, firewalls, and VPNs

■ Configuring authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) on Cisco devices

■ Deploying and implementing Cisco intrusion detection systems (IDSs)

■ Configuring and monitoring Cisco routers, firewalls, VPN concentrators, and IDSs

■ Configure site-to-site and remote-access VPNs using Cisco routers, firewalls, and VPN concentrators

This is not an exhaustive list of topics for the exams. For more detailed information about each specific exam and the topics covered by that exam, consult that exam's web page at Cisco.com.

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