some of the Cisco learning partners offer remote lab rental.... For example, Nil has IINS remote lab rental:
This set of lab exercises contains all exercises associated with the Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security(IINS)course. The labs address different aspects of security - from embedding secret messages and scanning networks and hosts,to securing management of and access to Cisco devices using AAA framework,SDM,Cisco ACS,and Kiwi Syslog server. Labs also address Layer 2,Layer 3,and application layer security features,such as ACLs,VPNs with IPsec,firewalls,and IPS.
I have not tried the Nil CCNA security labs. However, I have tried some of Nil's other labs and they are good.
They provide detail instruction and solution with each lab. And the labs that I have tried were very close to the Cisco Course Labs.
But the price is not that cheap for renting the lab when comparing to just getting a Cisco Press book or etc...
Maybe wait for someone else to reply if they have other experience in remote lab rental....
Want to see what the Remote Lab experience is like?
maybe try their demo out first to see if you like it....
I have built my lab and honestly most of the equipment is not that expensive and can be used for CCNP/CCSP studies as well. The problem that I am having is in locating the ACS software etc. I created a post on it "CISCO DOES NOT PROVIDE THE TOOLS". Hopefully, they do and I am just unaware.
The CCNA Security does not require much. You really only need an ISR router. It does not cover PIX or ASA so you can avoid that cost for now. You can get an 851 router for under $200 on eBay and that is all you need other than a server (Can be one of your home PC's) and the ACS software. There is supposed to be a trial but I don't like the thought of that either. Would be nice if Cisco offered something for students!
Pemu - Download link!
This will allow you to emulate Pix.. Uses PCap (*Nix or Windows) so you can pley with WireShark etc. with this thing.. It's really nice!!!
I just bought both Cisco Networking Academy books (Lab and Coursebook) for self-study.
Join CiscoPress they have great promotions and their direct price with discounts/free FedEx shipping often beats Amazon!
I wish the Networking Academy was also available online versus needing to go through a brick-and-mortor school...how dated! Most learning/degrees does not require a traditional brick-and mortar education; and hopefully the Cisco networks we create will supplant most of that need! That being said, most online degrees cost more than their brick-and-mortar counterparts...how ridiculous! That is the reason I adore this industry: One's education and proven experience and ability--supplants, at the engineer level anyway, the need for sitting through an over-priced degree program.
We should be taught how to learn when young; then industries should have their own metrics/certifications which determine if we possess the requisite skills. I love self-study and online learning collaboration---which is what CLN is all about.
I couldn't agree more Chris.
Smart buy, by the way, just got an email from Amazon this morning regarding the CCNA Security Lab Manual....I originally was going to buy those for my ccna studies, but used Chris Bryant's labs instead, and created some of my own. The companion and lab guide for ccna security look good.....when I'm ready, i'll be picking these up as well.
I want to congratulate you on all of your recent certification successes!!!
CiscoPress--CCNA Security Authorized Self-Study Guide, by Catherine Paquet for more thorough coverage of the topics
Just purchased but haven't received the Cisco Networking Academy---CCNA Security, Lab and Companion guides
Will also purchase a practice exam from either SelfTest---better or Preplogic--serviceable. Transcender is best, the extra value doesn't justify the extra high price.
I'm doing CCNA Security, then onto CCNP, then CCSP. I thought you already possess CISSP?
i haven't done my CISSP. i'm not really a security. the best certification i have for security that i enjoyed was CWSP.... that was alot of reading not to mention i failed the exam twice but got it on the third try.
i think i'm gonna go for my CCDE written first and then i'll tackle the CCNA security. Thanks for the reference materials. i will place an order for those books and labs.
when do you plan to write your CCNA security exam.