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Demand for Cybersecurity professionals

According to IDC, cybersecurity will be among the 20 most in-demand IT roles for the next decade.

Learn more about skills that can boost your career.

Overview

Why certify?

Today's organizations are challenged with rapidly detecting cybersecurity breaches and effectively responding to security incidents. Teams of people in Security Operations Centers (SOC’s) keep a vigilant eye on security systems, protecting their organizations by detecting and responding to cybersecurity threats.

The CCNA Cyber Ops certification prepares candidates to begin a career working with associate-level cybersecurity analysts within security operations centers.

As of July 2018, The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops Certification for the DoD 8570.01-M for the CSSP Analyst and CCSP Incident Responder categories.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Migrating to the new program

At this time, there are no changes to the CCNA Cyber Ops certification.

Cisco continues to evaluate our training and certifications, including CCNA Cyber Ops, to ensure we are providing professionals with the most up-to-date skills needed to succeed in today's marketplace. Cybersecurity skills are critical and will continue to be an important area for Cisco.

Please look for future updates at Cisco.com/nextlevel.

Exams and recommended training

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Exam information

To earn the Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops certification, you must pass the following exams:

 

This exam is the first of the two required exams to achieve the CCNA Cyber Ops certification and is aligned with the job role of an associate-level Security Operations Center (SOC) Security Analyst. The SECFND exam tests candidates understanding of cybersecurity’s basic principles, foundational knowledge, and core skills needed to grasp the more advanced associate-level materials in the second required exam, "Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations (SECOPS)".

210-250 SECFND exam topics


This exam is the second of the two required exams in achieving the associate-level CCNA Cyber Ops certification and is aligned with the job role of an associate-level Security Operations Center (SOC) Security Analyst. The SECOPS exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills needed to successfully handle the tasks, duties, and responsibilities of an associate-level Security Analyst working in a Security Operations Center (SOC).

210-255 SECOPS exam topics

Classroom training

Understanding Cisco Cybersecurity Fundamentals (SECFND)

This 5-day course is designed to teach candidates basic security principles, concepts, provide fundamental knowledge and core skills needed to begin preparing for a job in cybersecurity.

Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations (SECOPS)

This 5-day course is designed to teach candidates the principles and concepts of Security Operations, and provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and core skills needed to begin working in a Security Operations Center (SOC).

Recertification

On February 24, 2020, the recertification policy for this exam will be changing.

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current Associate-level exam except for the ICND1 exam or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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.

Recognition

DoD 8570 recognition

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program recognizes and approves the Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNP Security, and Cisco CCNA CyberOps Certifications for inclusion in the DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications.

For more information, please see Cisco Security certifications DoD recognition.

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