Security skills are in high demand across the networking job market. IT organizations are seeking security professionals with full vigour and preference is being given to candidates with high order skills and expertise in network security.
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security provides associate level expertise to secure Cisco networks. The candidate holding this certification is deemed proficient in developing a security infrastructure, recognizing threats and vulnerabilities in network and warding off these threats and vulnerabilities. The curriculum pertaining to this certification basically includes topics such as:
- Core security technologies
- Installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices
- Competency of Cisco technologies
To earn a CCNA Security certification, a candidate must have already owned any of the three below mentioned certifications:
To own a CCNA Security credential, the exam that needs to be cleared is:
Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS) – Exam 210-260 IINS
- Network Security Specialists
- Security Administrators
- Security Support Engineers
Continuation of Certification
CCNA Security certification is valid for three years, upon which a candidate needs to recertify. To recertify, one of the following exams need to be cleared before the expiration date:
- Any current associate level exam except ICND1
- Any current 642-XXX or 300-XXX professional level exam
- Any current 642-XXX Cisco Specialist exam
- Any current CCIE written exam
- Current CCDE written or practical exam
- CCAr interview and board review to extend lower certifications
If a candidate clears a higher level certification, the expiration date of the previous certification extends to the expiration date of the higher level certification.
The CCNA Security certification stands as a prerequisite for Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security certification. A candidate can also earn other CCNA certifications, which are usually just one exam away.
Cisco is an industry leader in networking and will continue to retain this position for years to come. There is no denying the fact that certified professionals are always preferred in the field of security to assure maximum information security across networks. The CCNA Security certification creates the foundation for success in the information security domain. The certification also ensures that a candidate never falls short of opportunities and soars high in their career.
As per PayScale, the average salary that a professional receives upon earning this certification is $77,000 per year. Also, professionals from this field are highly satisfied with their job roles and responsibilities as well as the compensation that they earn.