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Currently working with routers/switches but want to launch into security. Where should I start?

I am currently employed as a senior network engineer with a systems integrator for Cisco. My main areas are routing and switching but I'd like to specialize in the network security area. I do have some basic concepts of security and will be taking the Cisco Certified Security Professional cert. Can you provide any help in launching myself in the security arena.

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Thanks for your inquiry about security in the Cisco realm. You have a lot of choices here, and will be well served by pursuing the CCSP (which can ultimately lead to a CCIE with a concentration in security, if you so choose). To get started, I'd suggest pursuing the CompTIA Security+ or the TruSecure TICSA as an initial certification to get going. You might also consider chasing down the CISSP once you can meet their (3-4 years OTJ experience requirement, where you qualify for the lower number if you have a college degree from an accredited institution.)

HTH, and good luck in your pursuits!

This was first published in December 2003

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