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Complementary Vendor-Neutral Certifications for the CCIE

If you have earned a pinnacle cert—such as the CCIE Security—where do you go from there? The (ISC)2 CISSP concentrations in architecture, engineering, and management, along with the ASIS Certified Protection Professional, are good places to start:

  • CISSP-Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (CISSP-ISSAP): Focused on architecture, this credential is geared towards security architects, analysts, and consultants who design security plans. Candidates must pass a three-hour exam that costs $399 (early registration) or $449 (standard registration). For more information, view the (ISC)2 website.
  • CISSP-Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (CISSP - ISSEP): The CISSP-ISSEP provides IT professionals working in the field of national security skills in the areas of systems security engineering, technical management, regulations, and certifications and accreditations. As with the ISSAP, an exam is required. Visit the (ISC)2 website for more information.
  • CISSP-Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP): IT professionals working with enterprise systems will benefit from the CISSP-ISSMP. This certification focuses on security management of enterprise systems, continuity of operations planning (COOP), forensics, ethics, and legal issues. For more information, visit the (ISC)2 website.
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP): The CPP is a senior-level security certification offered by ASIS International. Credential holders must possess an in-depth knowledge of security principles, practices, procedures, and technologies. Credential seekers must have nine years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The fee is $300 for ASIS International members and $450 for non-members. Visit the ASIS website for more information.

For more options and offerings in the area of information security certification please consult “The Vendor Neutral Information Security Certification Landscape,” by Ed Tittel and Kim Lindros, at SearchSecurity.com. While we believe that the certs recommended in this article represent the best choices for certified Cisco professionals seeking to up their security smarts, a quick perusal of this survey will illustrate quite clearly that they are only a small subset of the total choices available.

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