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Cisco Firewall Security Specialist

Cisco Firewall Security Specialist certification recognizes security professionals with the skills to design, implement, and maintain Cisco security appliance solutions using the Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance and zone-based firewall solutions. The Cisco Firewall Security Specialist certification validates skills and knowledge in implementing perimeter security solutions using Cisco security appliances.





Cisco Firewall Specialist certification to be retired

Beginning April 22, 2014, the Cisco Firewall Specialist certification will be retired and no new certifications will be issued. Last day to test using 642-618 FIREWALL and 642-637 SECURE exams is April 21, 2014.



CCNA Security

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s)

Recommended Training

642-618 FIREWALL


Last day to test April 21, 2014

Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v2.0)

642-637 SECURE


Last day to test April 21, 2014

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



Cisco Firewall Security Specialist

Cisco Specialist certifications are valid for two years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:


  • Pass a 642-XXX Security professional-level written exam, or
  • Pass the current CCIE written exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE written exam, or current CCDE Practical Exam
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review


For more information, access the Cisco About Recertification page


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Cisco Press

The following Cisco authorized materials may be useful in preparing for certification and can purchased through the Cisco Marketplace Bookstore, or directly from Cisco Press.


  • Firewall Quick Reference (eBook)
  • Firewall Official Certification Guide

          - Rough Cut Edition (Rough Cuts provide online access to pre-publication manuscript)

          - Print and eBook Edition