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Master Security Specialization

Gain Expertise in Security

Expand your security opportunities while you increase profitability.(01:48 min)

Gain Expertise in Security


Reinforce your role as customers' trusted technology advisor with the Master Security Specialization. Building on the Advanced Security Specialization, this specialization gives you a powerful competitive advantage and qualifies you as part of an exclusive group, contributing to your profitability and accelerating your business and market growth.

Deliver value-added security solutions to help customers accelerate growth and profitability, maintain a competitive edge, and stay ahead of the latest technologies.

Master Security

The Cisco Channel Partner Program is designed to strengthen your ability to capture market opportunities. Partners who invest in the Master Security Specialization can participate in Cisco channel incentive programs.


See specialization requirements in a consolidated view

  • Step 1: Pre-Audit Validation

    These requirements will be validated remotely before the onsite audit is scheduled.

    • Requirement Evidence
      Advanced Security Architecture Specialization (ASAS) or Advanced Security Specialization (retired on July1, 2014 and will be expiring on July 1, 2015) or Advanced Borderless Networks Specialization (retired on July1, 2014 and will be expiring on July 1, 2015) Partner must hold the Advanced Security Specialization or Advanced Borderless Networks Specialization. Check is done via an internal system validation through the Certification & Specialization Application (CSApp) web tool.
      CCIE Security Assign individual in CSApp
      One Project Management Certification: PMI (PMP) or Prince 2 Partner uploads certificate to CSApp
      Master Security Vulnerability Capabilities Assessment (see Master Security Vulnerability Capabilities Assessment) Partner must answer the vulnerability capabilities assessment and the Cisco Channel SE must upload the assessment to CSApp. Review and validation of the vulnerability capabilities assessment is indicated by the Channel SE upload.
      In addition to the prequalifying Vulnerability Capabilities Assessment document which is to be uploaded into CSApp during the application process, partner must present evidence at the onsite audit of 3 completed Security Assessments. These customers may be from among the 5 deployment customer reference accounts or they may be different customers. See Master Security Assessment Example 1 and Example 2 under the Master Security header.
      Customer References: Documentation to validate five* sophisticated deployments based on specific qualifying security criteria (see Master Security and Unified Communications Customer Reference Checklist) Complete the customer reference document, which includes customer reference account deployment summaries, for the five* customer references.
      *Recertification Applications require three customer references
      A Cisco Channel Systems Engineer (SE) reviews the customer reference document and validates deployments. The SE must upload the customer reference checklist into CSApp or sign the copy uploaded by the partner admin. This indicates review and validation of the customer reference checklist.
  • Step 2: Onsite Audit

    After your application has been validated by a Cisco Certification Program Manager, he or she will forward your application to the third-party auditing firm who will contact you to arrange an audit date.

    • Requirement Preparation
      Onsite Audit Capabilities Validation All requirements for the onsite audit are found in Cisco Channel Program Audit & Policies document. Please prepare accordingly.
      Onsite Audit Demonstration Be prepared to perform a demonstration as per the Master Security Demonstration Guidelines document. The following video helps you in preparing for the Onsite Audit Demonstration. A recommended list of Cisco Hardware and Software for demonstration is available in the Masters Specialization FAQ.
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      Problem Action
      Need additional information? Visit Master Specialization FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions
      Visit the training and tools page to view the Partner Preparedness and Demo Solution VoDs, and other documentation to help you.
      If you are having issues with your online application, or Cisco online web tools: Open a support case
      If you have questions, issues, or concerns with regard to the audit process, demonstration requirements, or other issues related to this qualification: Please contact your Partner Account Manager or Systems Engineer or send an email to
  • Note: If a partner does not remain in compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the specialization or certification at any time. Partners must notify Cisco of its non-compliance promptly, but in no event more than thirty (30) days after partner fi rst becomes aware of its non-compliance. Upon receipt of such notice, partner may qualify for an extension of time in which to renew its compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements. Partner's failure to provide such notice may disqualify partner from receiving such an extension. If no extension is granted or if partner fails to comply with the certification or specialization requirements by the end of the extension period, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the applicable specialization or certification immediately. Additional information regarding non-compliance may be found in the Audit and Policies Document.