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Both the CCSP and CCNP Security require the credential seeker to pass a total of four examinations. The CCSP path consisted of three core examinations and one elective examination, of the credential seeker’s choosing. All four of the CCNP Security examinations are mandated (in other words, there are no elective options).

Those who are in the process of earning CCSP certification may be able to apply some completed CCSP exams toward a CCNP Security credential. By doing so, it’s possible for CCSP credential seekers to obtain both the CCSP and CCNP Security certification. The following table shows how CCSP exams map to the CCNP Security certification.

Table 1 Examinations



Last Test Date

Credit Given for Corresponding CCNP-Security Exam

Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SNRS)


April 8, 2011

Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE) v1.0

Securing Networks with ASA Foundation (SNAF)


April 8, 2011

Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL) v1.0

Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) v6.0


May 31, 2011

Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) v7.0

Securing Networks with ASA Advanced (SNAA)


April 8, 2011

Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN)* v1.0

Implementing Cisco NAC Appliance (CANAC)


No longer available

Not applicable

Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS)


Not yet announced

Not Applicable

* This exam is a core, required exam in the CCNP Security certification path.

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