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Exam Profile: Cisco Deploying ASA Firewall Solutions (Firewall v1.0), Exam 642-617

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This article profiles the Cisco Deploying ASA Firewall Solutions exam (642-617), one of five exams required to successfully achieve the CCNP Security certification. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.
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The Cisco Deploying ASA Firewall Solutions exam (642-617) is one of five exams required to successfully achieve the CCNP Security certification. As stated by Cisco, “This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills needed to implement and maintain Cisco ASA-based perimeter solutions. Successful candidates will be able to reduce risk to the IT infrastructure and applications using Cisco ASA features, and provide detailed operations support for the Cisco ASA.”

As with many Cisco professional level exams, hands-on experience is essential to ensure success on the Cisco Deploying ASA Firewall Solutions exam. The exam is catered to industry professionals with extensive experience with Cisco ASA design, configuration, and deployment. Moreover, one must possess an integral understanding (including, but not limited to) the following ASA features and solutions: orders of operations, architecture, VPN configurations, access control, filtering, and permissions, high availability, monitoring and logging features, and deployment strategies and solutions.

Exam Details

  • Types of Questions: This exam may include the following formats: Multiple-choice (single and multiple answer), drag-and-drop, fill-in-the-blank, testlet, simlet, and simulations.
  • Number of Questions: The exam consists of approximately 60-70 questions, and once an answer is submitted you are not permitted to revisit the question.
  • Passing Score: The scoring of this exam is based on a scale of 300 to 1000 points with a required passing score of 769.
  • Time Limit: 90 minutes
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