What is a CCNP Security?

The CCNP Security (Cisco Certified Network Professional Security) professional is certified for configuring and supporting firewalls, VPNs, and IDS/IPS solutions for their networking environment. The CCNP Security professional is competent in securing network design with Cisco Secure Access, Edge Network Security, Threat Control, and Secure Mobility solutions.

Why is a CCNP important?

A CCNP Security professional can add value through their comprehensive knowledge of enterprise security infrastructure and has a broad understanding of interconnected IT landscapes and technologies. This offers their clients and employers trust and confidence in their abilities to protect their networking environment. 

Who needs a CCNP Security certification?

The CCNP Security certification is applicable across all industries and business sizes that use Cisco security technologies. 

How to become a CCNP

CCNP Security certification requires passing two exams: a core exam and a concentration exam for your preferred security concentration. The core exam focuses on knowledge of security infrastructures such as network security, cloud security, content security, endpoint protection, secure network access, visibility, and enforcement. There are no prerequisites however, it is recommended to have three to five years of hands-on experience before taking the exam. 

The concentration topics include: 

  • Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower 
  • Implementing and Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine 
  • Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance 
  • Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance 
  • Implementing Secure Solutions with Virtual Private Networks 
  • Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions

Who is the certifying association

The certification is offered through Cisco. 

Requirements to stay certified

CCNP Security certification remains valid for three years from the exam date. Cisco offers flexible recertification programs through continuing education credits.