IT Certifications and Career Paths

Security Certification Comparison Chart

Security Certification Comparison Chart
Certification Name Years of experience Job Role Product/Technology Number of exams Prerequisites
CCNA Security 1 - 3 Network Security Specialist, Security Adminstrator, Network Security Support Engineer Security Management, Cisco routers, Cisco IOS 1 Cisco CCENT, or CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE Certification can act as a prerequisite.
CCNP Security 3 - 5 Network Security Engineer Cisco IOS, Cisco routers and switches, ASA, Security Management, CSM, and Firewall for IPS management 4 CCNA Security or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
CCIE Security 7+ Network Security Engineer Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Cisco IOS Firewall, Cisco IOS IPS, Cisco Easy VPN, Cisco SSL VPN, Cisco Secure Desktop, Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) Appliance, Cisco Security Agent, Cisco Secure ACS, Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Security Services Modules, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Router & Security Device Manager, Cisco Security Manager, Cisco IPS Device Manager, and Cisco IPS Manager Express 2 None
Security Specialists
Cisco ASA Specialist* 1 - 3 Security Engineers, Consultants, and Architects Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) technologies 2 Cisco CCNA Security certification
Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist 1 - 3 Network Security Analyst Cisco IOS, network security operations center (SOC) monitor security events, configure and tune security event detection and alarming, analyze traffic for security threats, respond appropriately to security incidents 1 None
Cisco Firewall Security Specialist* 1 - 3 Network Security Engineers Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance and Cisco IOS Software router- and switch-based networks 2 Cisco CCNA Security certification
Cisco IOS Security Specialist* 1 - 3 Network Security Engineers Cisco IOS Software router- and switch-based networks 1 Cisco CCNA Security certification
Cisco IPS Specialist* 1 - 3 Network Security Engineers Cisco IPS sensor, Cisco IPS data management and analysis solution, and IPS policy virtualization 1 Cisco CCNA Security certification
Cisco Network Admission Control Specialist 1 - 3 Network Security Engineers Cisco Secure ACS, Cisco IOS routers, switches, and access points, and Trend Micro policy server 1 Cisco CCNA Security certification
Cisco VPN Security Specialist* 1 - 3 Network Security Engineers Cisco IOS Software Threat Control and Containment, Site-to-Site Transmission Security, and deploying Secure Remote Access 2 Cisco CCNA Security certification

Security Certification Comparison Chart (PDF - 77 KB)
 

* Indicates Security Specialist certifications that will be retired on April 21, 2014