This appendix describes some study tips and options for you to consider while preparing for the CCIE Security written and lab examinations.
CCIE is regarded as the most sought-after certification in the industry today; more and more vendors are devising their own certification programs and trying to catch up to the industry-leading Cisco Systems. Working in the CCIE program, I have seen many changes and challenges facing potential CCIEs every day for the past two years. As of August 22, 2002, there were approximately 9000 CCIEs, and the number is growing rapidly. Of the 9000 CCIEs, approximately 110 hold more than one CCIE certification. The majority of CCIEs are located in Europe and North America.
Before you decide to take this step, you need to be aware of the challenges in front of you. You cannot hope to become a CCIE by simply buying a book or a series of books. Hands-on experience is required, and at least two years of internetworking experience is critical; and even then, you must fully prepare for the difficult examinations. The current three varieties of CCIE certification follow:
• CCIE Routing and Switching (released 1993)
• CCIE Security (released August 2001)
• CCIE Communications and Services (released August 2001)
This discussion concentrates on the CCIE Security certification. The CCIE Security examination is one examination you should consider tackling, especially in today's climate of Internet firewall frailty and demand for security experts.
NOTE For more information on the Security track, see the following:
Recently, four CCIE tracks were retired: ISP Dial, SNA, Design, and WAN Switching.
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