On March 26, 2013, Cisco announced updates to their associate-level certifications. CCENT is now the only prerequisite certification for the newly-created CCNA Routing & Switching certification (formerly CCNA) as well as the CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, and CCDA certifications. The changes reflect the evolving job market and the latest Cisco technology, including IOS v15, IPv6 Support, IOS licensing, and a simplified 802.1x security implementation. For full details, visit ciscopress.com/ccna.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) is an associate- or foundation-level Cisco certification. Credential holders possess skills necessary to protect network security, including developing a security infrastructure, recognizing and mitigating security threats, and ensuring availability of network data and devices.
The CCNA Security credential is recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) as meeting the CNSS 4011 training standard.
New topics that are included in the updated training include Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance version 8.3 and 8.4 software, Cisco AnyConnect(TM) 3.0 and traditional IPsec clients, EtherChannel and the latest firewall features. The CCNA Security certification courses and exams have been updated to include 640-554 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS).
Certification Update Announcement
On February 28, 2012, Cisco announced a major update to the Cisco CCNA Security certification. The goal is to deliver job-ready training designed to provide the most up-to-date information on new security products and best practices to meet evolving threats and compliance requirements.
New topics that are included in the updated training include Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance version 8.3 and 8.4 software, Cisco AnyConnect(TM) 3.0 and traditional IPsec clients, EtherChannel and the latest firewall features.
The CCNA Security certification courses and exams have been updated to include 640-554 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS).
• Prerequisite Certification: CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching or CCIE/CCDE Certification. Effective October 1, 2013, you need only one more exam to achieve CCNA concentration if you meet these prerequisites: 640-554 IINS for Security or 640-722 IUWNE for Wireless or 640-461 ICOMM for Voice.
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 2 years
Typical Job Titles for Certification Holders
Network Engineer/Sr. Network Engineer • IT Manager • Network Security Support Engineer • System Engineer
Typical Job Tasks
CCNA Security professionals maintain network security for Cisco routers and switches, install and monitor network devices, maintain confidentiality and integrity of network data and devices, and ensure availability of data and devices.
$44,219-$96,897 per PayScale.com
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