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Learn about the updates we've made to the Master Security Specialization. (PDF - 552 KB)

We've made some changes

Announcement: Master Security Specialization Update and Clarifying Information (PDF - 192 KB)Adobe PDF file

Network threats are becoming more complex and stealthy. How can your company stay current on the latest security solutions? We'd like to help. Learn how to add security to all aspects of your customer's network. Adapt to new threats, and help your customers get the security coverage they need.

We've updated the Master Security Specialization to make sure your expertise is current with the latest knowledge to meet these new demands. 

The Master Security Specialization can give you a powerful competitive advantage. Become part of an exclusive group. Accelerate your business. See your profitability grow. This specialization will help you:

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  • Step 1: Pre-Audit Validation

    These requirements will be validated remotely before the onsite audit is scheduled.

    • Requirement Evidence
      Advanced Security Architecture Specialization (ASAS) Partner must hold the prerequisite. Check is done through an internal system validation through the Program Management and Application (formerly CSApp) web tool.
      CCIE Security* Assign individual in Program Management and Application
      CCNP Security* Assign individual in Program Management and Application
      One Project Management Certification: PMI (PMP) or Prince 2 Partner uploads certificate to Program Management and Application
      Fire Jumper* Partner to designate a person holding Fire Jumper role in the new or renewing specialization application.
      Partner Executed Proof of Value (POV) Partner must upload at least three (3) POV documents to Program Management and Application. (For POV best practices, see the instructions for Web Security Appliance and Web Security Virtual Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Email Security Virtual Appliance, ISE, and FirePOWER Services for ASA.) The systems engineer (SE) must upload the POV documentation into Program Management and Application or sign the copies uploaded by the partner administrator. This verifies that the POV documentation has been reviewed and validated.
      Customer References: Documentation to validate five** sophisticated deployments based on specific qualifying security criteria (see Master Security Customer Reference & POV Checklist) Complete the customer reference document, which includes customer reference account deployment summaries, for the five** customer references.
      **Recertification Applications require three customer references.
      A Cisco Channel Systems Engineer (SE) reviews the customer reference document and validates deployments. The SE must upload the customer reference checklist into Program Management and Application or sign the copy uploaded by the partner admin. This indicates review and validation of the customer reference checklist.

      *Three (3) Unique individuals must fulfill pre-requisite CCIE, CCNP & Fire jumper roles

  • Step 2: Onsite Audit

    After your application has been validated by a Cisco Certification Program Manager, he or she will forward your application to the third-party auditing firm who will contact you to arrange an audit date.

    • Requirement Preparation
      Onsite Audit Capabilities Validation (including Practice Areas) All requirements for the onsite audit are found in Cisco Channel Program Audit & Policies document, including 'Practice Areas' where partners must validate proficiency in at least three (3) out of the six (6) available practice areas. Please prepare accordingly.
      Onsite Audit Demonstration (New option for Master Security partners only to use dCloud. This is not required.) Be prepared to perform a demonstration as per the Master Security Demonstration Checklist. A recommended list of resources for audit demonstration is available in the Master Security Audit FAQ.
      Need Assistance?  
      Problem Action
      Need additional information? Visit Master Security FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions
      If you are having issues with your online application, or Cisco online web tools: Open a support case
      If you have questions, issues, or concerns with regard to the audit process, demonstration requirements, or other issues related to this qualification: Please contact your Partner Account Manager or Systems Engineer or send an email to
  • Note: If a partner does not remain in compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the specialization or certification at any time. Partners must notify Cisco of its non-compliance promptly, but in no event more than thirty (30) days after partner fi rst becomes aware of its non-compliance. Upon receipt of such notice, partner may qualify for an extension of time in which to renew its compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements. Partner's failure to provide such notice may disqualify partner from receiving such an extension. If no extension is granted or if partner fails to comply with the certification or specialization requirements by the end of the extension period, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the applicable specialization or certification immediately. Additional information regarding non-compliance may be found in the Audit and Policies Document.