Certifiably Secure: CCIE Security Updates
My e-mail inbox delivered one of the nicest slaps on the wrist I’ve ever received from a reader who has every right to be miffed that the CCIE Security program failed to receive mention in a recent story I did for Certmag called Building a Career in Information Security. Either by oversight or outright stupidity from yours truly, I omitted mention of the CCIE Security program entirely, and I’m very grateful to Laura O’Haver CCIE marketing programs manager at Cisco for bringing this to my attention. Table 4: Specialist Credentials, should most definitely have included mention of the CCIE Security credential as well as the various Cisco security specialist certs (VPN, Firewall, and IDS) that it does mention.
Crow cheerfully consumed, let me add some news and information about CCIE Security that interested parties may wish to learn more about:
- As of August, 2003, there are 5 locations for the CCIE Security lab exam worldwide: San Jose, CA, and Raleigh, NC, in the United States; Brussels (Europe); Sydney (Australia) and Beijing (China).
- On July 1, 2004, the CCIE Security lab exam will test on IOS version 12.2T and PIX version 6.3 (candidates who test between now and then will see this software running in the lab, but won’t be tested on it).
- Starting June 1, 2004, candidates who take the written CCIE Security exam should extract their exam objectives and topical information from what Cisco calls the 2.0 Security Exam Blueprint to prepare themselves for the exam. Note that these new objectives helpfully bold all newly added information to make changes easy to spot!
While it’s hard to overstate the high positions that the CCIE usually commands in certification and compensation surveys, it’s easy to recommend that individuals considering this coveted credentials also consider seriously following the certification track.