Cisco Systems Inc. is revamping its security professional-level certifications to better reflect the networking giant's emphasis on its Self-Defending Network strategy.
"The security business doesn't stand still. Threats continue to come forward," Don Field, director of certification, said. "Cisco has responded by making product and solution changes." In this instance, it's the expanded product lines falling under the self-defending network umbrella that prompted changes. Field added that this latest changeup is designed to assure IT professionals and the companies that hire them are confident in dealing with the array of Cisco offerings.
Content changes are being made specifically to the Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) and three specialist certifications covering firewall, VPN and IDS. With each, some courses have been swapped for others to keep the certs relevant.
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Cisco offers four types of professional certifications. The first three are hierarchical: associate level; professional; and expert. The fourth type is the specialist certification. Most people are familiar with the associate level cert -- the widely popular Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Next in security is the professional-level CCSP, which as of August some 3,500 IT professionals held. Among the other security specialties, 3,000 held the firewall cert; 2,400, the VPN. Some 1,900 had earned the IDS certification.
Cert-seekers will be able to sign of for the course being phased out through Nov. 19 and must pass those exams by Dec. 19. After that, only the newer courses and exams will be offered. CCSPs can continue to take the older Cisco Safe Implementation or the security-related, highly coveted Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) exam until recertification comes due.