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Use the following resources to supplement your learning experience and exam preparation. This list is comprised of materials suggested by the exam development team to prepare a candidate for the examination.


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Lab Exam Topics

Please review the Lab Exam Overview for general information about the CCIE Security lab exam. Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part of the CCIE lab exam. The topics listed are guidelines and other relevant or related topics may also appear. In general, new product features become eligible for testing on CCIE lab exams six months after general release.



Lab Exam Preparation Checklists

To further assist candidates preparing for CCIE certification, Cisco has provided a detailed preparation checklist, containing an expanded list of the skills and tasks expected at the expert level. Candidates can use the checklists to guide the hands-on practice necessary for success on the CCIE lab exam.


CCIE Security Lab Exam Checklist v4.0


Lab Equipment and Software

The lab exam requires a depth of understanding difficult to obtain without hands-on experience. Early in your preparation, you should arrange access to the equipment and the Cisco IOS Software versions indicated.




No formal training requirement exists for CCIE certification. The list below contains Security related training courses that may enhance your personal knowledge of the topics on the written and lab exam blueprints.


Locate authorized Cisco Learning Partners at the Global Learning Partner Locator


Reading List

This page lists reading material on topics appearing on the CCIE exam blueprints. They are not required study resources, however, they can be used to build knowledge in certain areas.


The books include titles published by Cisco Press, as well as others chosen by CCIE program managers. Many of the Cisco Press books are available to certified individuals and Cisco customers at prices discounted up to 30% off. To check for discounts, visit the Cisco Marketplace, click on (Cisco Press) Bookstore, and login with your Cisco CCO ID. Search for the titles using the ISBN number indicated.



Online Resources

Similar to the book list, the list of online resources provides links to articles, white papers, and documentation on topics covered in the blueprint.


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