I have some old CCNA security books for the 640-553 exam. I was going to take this after my voice but have been told that Cisco are going to retire this exam. Am I still able to take this exam before it is officially retired or would I need to purchase the new set.
I have started studing for this and have a Cisco ASA 5505 firewall for my lab. Do you thick I will need any other lab equipment?
there is not a lot of material in the 640-553 regarding configuring Cisco ASA's as they are different. for the Topics of VPN, Firewalls, and IPS; AAA, Router and Switch Hardening the questions will pertain to the Cisco IOS implementations of these technologies. The material will expect you to know how ASA's and devices like TACACS+ will work in a "Secure Network Platform." But they won't expect you to configure them, as ASA's use a different Graphical program and the thrust of this test focuses on SDM. You should review the Syllabus for 1.0 of this test carefully available here to make sure you making the most use of your time. And I highly recommend the Catherine Parquet book from Cisco Press, It is very good.