Redesigned Security Certification Exams and Training Offerings

With market transitions such as cloud, mobility, and the Internet of Things removing borders and creating an expanded surface of attack, and an increase in the prevalence, impact, and cost of network intrusions, there is a growing demand by employers for network security professionals with a thorough understanding of a holistic, end-to-end network security posture.

Learning@Cisco has redesigned existing offerings and introduced new offerings to address this critical skills deficit, providing network security engineers, analysts, and product specialists with development opportunities to ensure on-the-job readiness for current and future demand.

This effort includes the following:

  • Launch of the redesigned CCNP Security certification program
  • Launch of the new Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist certification
  • Announcement of the retirement of the existing Cisco Security Specialist certifications
  • New and updated product training courses

CCNP Security Certification Program Redesign

The redesign of the CCNP Security certification reflects the skills and responsibilities required of today's network security engineers, who increasingly require a holistic end-to-end understanding of a complete security posture.

The new training courses and labs that are being provided as part of the redesigned certification will utilize a common topology and have been created to complement one another, allowing engineers to grow their skills in harmony with their careers as they progress through the certification.

The following new training courses and exams are available for registration worldwide:

Course Name Exam Number
Implementing Cisco Edge Network Security Solutions (SENSS) 300-206 SENSS
Implementing Cisco Threat Control Solutions (SITCS) 300-207 SITCS
Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS) 300-208 SISAS
Implementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS) 300-209 SIMOS

Candidates in the process of attaining their CCNP Security certification have the option of completing their remaining exams before the last date to test of April 21, 2014 or of migrating to the new exams, with credit applied for existing exams passed.

Launch of the New Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist Certification

The Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist certification recognizes security professionals who have attained Specialist-level in-depth expertise and proven knowledge in the essential areas of proactive cyber-threat detection and mitigation.

Designed for professional security analysts and leveraging the features of Cisco and other network industry security products used today, the Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist certification focuses on the topics of event monitoring, security events, alarm and traffic analysis, and incident response.

The new training course and exam is available as follows:

Course Name Exam Number
Securing Cisco Networks with Threat Detection and Analysis (SCYBER) 600-199 SCYBER

Retirement of Existing Cisco Security Specialist Certifications

With the announcement of the redesigned CCNP Security program and new Cybersecurity Specialist certification, we are also announcing the retirement of the current CCNP Security suite of exams. This means the retirement of the following related Cisco Security Specialist certifications on April 22, 2014:

Security Certification Exam Last Day to Test
Cisco ASA Specialist 642-618 FIREWALL
642-648 VPN
April 21, 2014
Cisco Firewall Security Specialist 642-618 FIREWALL
642-637 SECURE
April 21, 2014
Cisco IOS Security Specialist 642-637 SECURE April 21, 2014
Cisco IPS Security Specialist 642-627 IPS April 21, 2014
Cisco VPN Security Specialist 642-637 SECURE
642-648 VPN
April 21, 2014

New and Updated Product Training

For network security professionals looking to gain in-depth expertise on specific Cisco network security products, Cisco continues its commitment to providing the latest and best in Cisco product training.

Training Offering Availability
Implementing Advanced Cisco ASA Security (SASAA) Available Now
Implementing & Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine for Wireless Engineers (SWISE) February 2014
Implementing Cisco Bring Your Own Device Solutions (SBYOD) April 2014
Implementing Core Cisco ASA Security (SASAC) May 2014