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Complementary Vendor-Neutral Certs for CCNP Security

There are many great intermediate and advanced-level certifications to choose from, too. While we can’t cover all of them here, we think you’ll find the following of particular interest:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): Designed for more experienced professionals, CISSP candidates must possess at least five years of experience in two or more of the (ISC)2 domains, or a combination of education and experience to meet its requirements. This credential focuses on those working in professional security positions. The exam costs $600 plus an annual maintenance fee. Credential holders must recertify every three years. For more information, visit the (ISC)2 website.
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): Offered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), CISA is a credential that will benefit IT security professionals who regularly work with information systems control and auditing. Examination fees range from $425 (ISACA member, early registration) to $615 (non-member, standard registration) and five years of experience is required to apply. Recertification is required every three years.
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): For those who responsible for organizational security (technology, best practices, policies, networks, and so forth), the CISM is a must-have certification. The cost for the exam ranges from $425 (ISACA member, early registration) to $615 (non-member, standard registration). Five years of professional security experience is required to apply. Renewal is required every three years.

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Security

For those who are serious about their craft, the CCIE Security is one of the most well-recognized and highly sought-after credentials available to IT security professionals. Since its introduction in 2002, it’s become the sine qua non for those working with Cisco networks, technologies, and security issues. Obtaining the credential isn’t easy but is well worth the effort. Candidates must take a written examination, and then pass a hands-on lab exam within three years. The certification is costly, running more than $1,700. For more information on the CCIE, visit the CCIE Security Track certification page.

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