Check Point Introduces New Security Certs
Whether you’re new to information security or an old pro at working with Check Point’s security solutions, there’s a certification for you. Check Point Software Technologies has introduced two new certifications, one for entry-level professionals and the other for experienced security professionals.
The Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate (CCSPA) certification is an entry-level credential designed to test candidates’ knowledge of security fundamentals, concepts and best practices. CCSPAs are able to recognize security threats and recommend security options to their companies, with a focus on making the connection between available security solutions and the business needs of the company.
A single exam is required for the CCSPA, #156-110. To prepare for the exam, Check Point recommends a single course to prepare for this exam, “Principles of Network Security.” It also recommends candidates have some basic networking knowledge. Principles of Network Security is a three-day course that helps entry-level security professionals understand the security threats to networks and the security options that help companies deal with those threats.
Check Point has also introduced an advanced certification, the Check Point Certified Managed Security Expert Plus VSX (CCMSE Plus VSX), targeted at security professionals implementing the VSX security solution, managed by Provider-1 NG. This credential tests candidates ability to deploy VSX as a security solution for their companies.
CCMSE Plus VSX requires several prerequisite certifications: the Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA), Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) and the Check Point Certified Managed Security Expert (CCMSE). After passing the three exams required for CCMSE certification—#156-210.4 (Check Point NG With Application Intelligence – Management I), #156-310.4 (Check Point NG With Application Intelligence – Management II) and #156-810 (Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG), candidates must then pass one more exam to earn the CCMSE Plus VSX, #156-811 (VPN-1/FireWall-1 VSX Management).
Check Point exams are available through VUE testing centers. Go to http://www.vue.com/checkpoint to learn more about registering for the exams. To find out more about Check Point certifications, go to http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/index.html.
Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.