Cisco to Change Specialist Security Certs

Cisco Systems is revamping its specialist certifications in security to reflect the changing environment in this discipline and the company’s own self-defending networks outlook. Although the structure of the program will not be modified, a number of new courses and exams around information security techniques and technologies are slated for release today.


“The basic layout doesn’t change with this announcement,” said Don Field, Cisco’s director of certifications. “What does change is many of the technologies that are part of what we offer in security. The security world is not standing still for lots of reasons, not least of which is that the threats to integrity of their networks that organizations encounter don’t stand still. In addition, Cisco has added a number of technologies that have added layers of security that our customers are looking for as part of the self-defending network initiative that Cisco has been working towards and promoting for the past 12 to 18 months or so.”


Cisco’s certification program has three ascending levels: associate, professional and expert. The specialist-level certifications, which are more niche-specific, fall between the associate and professional stages, Field said. “We have several specialist certifications that we offer, most of which are designed as stepping-stones toward the CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional) certification. They cover areas such as our firewall, virtual private network and intrusion detection products. They require the same types of proctored exams as our other certifications at (Thomson) Prometric or (Pearson) VUE centers, but are in a more focused…


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