CCSP Retired

Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional Recognition

Retired November 17, 2011


On October 19, 2010, Learning@Cisco announced the evolution of the CCSP certification to CCNP Security. CCSP exams will remain available until April 2011 and individuals can still obtain a new CCSP certification until October 14, 2011.

Individuals can recertify their existing CCSP certification by following the normal recertification process. In addition, CCSP certified individuals that have passed recognized CCNP Security exams may be eligible to receive their CCNP Security certification. Learn more

Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) validates advanced knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. With a CCSP certification, a network professional demonstrates the skills required to secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity, mitigate threats, and reduce costs. The CCSP curriculum emphasizes Cisco Router IOS (ISR) and Catalyst Switch security features, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), secure VPN connectivity, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Cisco Security Agent (CSA), Security Enterprise and Device Management, Network Admission Control (NAC) as well as techniques to optimize these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution. In addition, CCSP leverages the new CCNA Security certification as a prerequisite.

Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional Recognition


Any valid Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA + SND*, or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
*Last day for using this prerequisite is November 17, 2011.

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
642-504 SNRS
Last day to test: 04/08/11


642-637 SECURE
Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SNRS)

Secure v1.0 Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE v1.0)
642-524 SNAF
Last day to test: 04/08/11


642-617 FIREWALL v1.0
Securing Networks with ASA Foundation (SNAF)

Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v1.0)
642-533 IPS v6.0
Last day to test: 05/31/11


642-627 IPS
Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v6.0 (IPS)

Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.0 (IPS v7.0)
Elective Exam(s) Elective Training
642-591 CANAC


642-545 MARS


642-515 SNAA
Last day to test: 04/08/11


642-627 IPS
Implementing Cisco NAC Appliance (CANAC)

Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS)

Securing Networks with ASA Advanced (SNAA)

Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v1.0)


Cisco professional level certifications (CCNP, CCNP Wireless, CCDP, CCSP, CCNP Voice, and CCIP) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved. For more information, access the How to Recertify page.

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