Cisco Upgrades CCNA and CCNP Security Certifications

New courses address threats related to mobility, cloud computing, virtualization and BYOD.

Cisco Systems Inc. said that it has updated its Certified Network Associate and Certified Network Professional security certifications to reflect technology and business trends such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD), mobility, cloud computing and virtualization.

The vendor said that its new security coursework and exams provide up-to-date information on products and best practices to equip IT professionals to meet the demands of evolving threats and compliance requirements.

Cisco’s CCNA Security certification is applicable to jobs such as Network Security Specialist, Security Administrator and Network Security Support Engineer. The CCNP badge maps to the job responsibilities of the Network Security Engineer handling security in routers, switches, networking devices and appliances.

"With constantly evolving threats and compliance requirements, it is critical to continuously refine educational offerings to ensure Cisco certified individuals have the most comprehensive understanding of how to secure infrastructure against the latest security challenges, said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Learning@Cisco vice president and general manager.

Training additions include courses on Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance version 8.3 and 8.4 software, Cisco AnyConnect 3.0 and traditional IPsec clients, EtherChannel and the latest firewall features. Cisco has updated the certification courses and exams to include 640-554 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS).

The CCNP security courses and exams now include 642-648 Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v2.0) and 642-618 Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (FIREWALL v2.0).

“Updates to our industry-leading security certifications ensure we are providing the technical skills and depth of knowledge required for professionals to stand out in today's job market and enable a competitive advantage for their employers," said Beliveau-Dunn.

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