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Cisco Certified Network Associate Security
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The CCNA Security certification lays the foundation for job roles such as Network Security Specialist, Security Administrator and Network Security Support Engineer. It is the first step for individuals wishing to obtain their CCNP Security certification.

In addition, the National Systems Security (INFOSEC) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) recognizes the Cisco CCNA Security courseware meets CNSS 4011 training. Learn more.

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For a General Overview of CCNA Security, View the Syllabus.



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Cisco CCNA Security Approved as Department of Defense 8570.01-M Certification - The United States Department of Defence has certified the Cisco CCNA Security Certification as DoD 8570.01-M compliant. Learn More.

CCNP Security Certification Redesigned - to better align with current job roles and responsibilities, the certification program has been redesigned. Learn More.

Various Security Specialists Certifications to be Retired - With the retirement of current CCNP Security exams, various Security Specialists will be retired. Learn More


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CCNA Security Video Data Sheet

CCNA Security Video Data Sheet

Learn more about the benefits and requirements associated with achieving a CCNA Security certification. (5:18 min)

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My Journey Back to CCNA Security
Aug 21, 2013 IPv6 and Network Security
Good afternoon all,   This week, I have managed to squeeze some time back into the study schedule for my CCNA Security. Having been out of certifications for a while, there are things that I need to learn for the first time. The last time I went through my certifications, IPv6 wasn't even o...
Aug 8, 2013 Busy and Difficulty Finding Time
Good morning folks,   I wanted to post this up as I haven't been very active with my study over the last two weeks. Once I got through some review of the Layer 3 content, I have not had much time to do much in the way of CCNA Security. I am having many of the same time issues that all of yo...
Jul 22, 2013 L3 Network Security Part 2
Good morning! To finish up my thoughts on Layer 3 network security from last time, I wanted to touch on a few of the items that I typically configure on my routers when I deploy them. I say “typically” because some configuration tasks may vary from network to network based on requirem...
Jul 9, 2013 L3 Network Security Part 1
Good afternoon and welcome back to my blog on CCNA-Security! This week has been busy already, but I wanted to get some of my thoughts on Layer 3 security down while I’m still thinking about it. I have noticed over the years that there are some items that can be easily overlooked while secur...
Jul 2, 2013 L2 Network Security
Last week I was out at Cisco Live and some of the conversations that I had got me thinking again about network security and Layer 2 security. Specifically, I thought about how important L2 security can really be for a network and how problematic it can be if it’s not there. In days gone by,...

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Check out this chapter from the Cisco Press book  - “Implementing Cisco IOS Network.” The chapter provides a wealth of information for technicians keen to have knowledge needed to secure Cisco® routers and switches, and their associated networks. Read Now

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Cisco Security Community — Blog
Apr 17, 2014 Not If, but When: The case for Advanced Malware Protection Everywhere
A recent Bloor Research Market Update on Advanced Threat Protection reminds us of something that many security vendors have long [...]
Apr 16, 2014 Making Your Metrics Program Effective Beyond Just Charts and Numbers
Information security is all about risk reduction, and risks are notoriously difficult to measure - ask any insurance salesman or actuary. So how do we handle this conundrum for a security metrics program that hasn't even reached its second anniversary ...
Oct 9, 2012 CiscoSecurity: RT @InfosecurityMag: Skype IM ramsomware worm spreading quickly
CiscoSecurity: RT @InfosecurityMag: Skype IM ramsomware worm spreading quickly
Oct 9, 2012 CiscoSecurity: What do you get by injecting a python interpreter via GDB? Find out!
CiscoSecurity: What do you get by injecting a python interpreter via GDB? Find out!

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Cisco CCNA® Security Certification Preparation Bundle
The CCNA Security bundle is a self-paced training tool intended to help you prepare for the IINS exam. It provides users with 24-hour online availability and unlimited bundle access for six months. From this bundle you'll learn about security infrastructure, threats and vulnerabilities to networks, threat mitigation, installation, troubleshooting and much more. For a sample, visit the Cisco Learning Network Store.

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Principles of Secure Network Design and Security Awareness
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Looking for a great foundation resource that addresses key principles of network security design? Then you've come to the right place. Bill Chadwick - Cisco Education Security Specialist has authored a great paper describing system-level security principles--principles that must be considered throughout the life-cycle of a secure network.

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Check out how Systems Architect, Jeff Saxe, has achieved career success and with his Cisco Security Certifications, increased his value to employers.

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