Designed for Channel Partners, the Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist can assess customer needs, sell, and design Cisco Secure X that protect vital assets, reduce costs, and improve productivity. Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialists understand the key components of the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy, including Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Network Admission Control (NAC) and Cisco Security Monitoring Analysis and Response System (CS MARS).
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Note: Effective October 31, 2008 the Lifecycle Services exam is no longer required to achieve the Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist certification. Candidates who achieve the Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist badge by passing exam #642-566 are not required to take Lifecycle Services exam #650-393. However, through January 31, 2009, candidates may achieve the Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist badge by passing exam #642-565 and Lifecycle Services exam #650-575. Candidates should insure they study the version of the course that aligns with the exam they intend to take.