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CCNA Security Certification

CCNA Security Overview

Learn more about the benefits and requirements associated with achieving a CCNA Security certification. (5:18 min)

Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. With a CCNA Security certification, a network professional demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. The CCNA Security curriculum emphasizes core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure.

Prerequisites

Any valid Cisco CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
640-554 IINS Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)
For a complete list of available network security training, visit the Security Training page.

The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)

Course content focuses on the design, implementation, and monitoring of a comprehensive security policy, using Cisco IOS security features and technologies as examples.
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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

640-554 IINS

The 640-554 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS) exam is associated with the CCNA Security certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of securing Cisco routers and switches and their associated networks. It leads to validated skills for installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security infrastructure.

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