Cisco, McAfee Add Security Certifications

Susan Hall

Cisco has unveiled three new security specialist certifications, bringing its stable of certifications to six.


The company said:

The increasing complexity of network security responsibilities with mobility, social networking, voice, video, virtualization, cloud computing and physical safety and security requirements is driving greater specialization and advanced skills on the products that facilitate these solutions, including virtual private networks, firewalls, authentication and intrusion prevention. According to a recent survey of the Cisco CCIE community, security and risk management will be the networking skills in greatest demand by businesses over the next five years.
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The three new certifications:

  • The Cisco Firewall Security Specialist certification focuses on the skills to design, implement and maintain Cisco security appliance solutions, using the Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance and zone-based firewall solutions.
  • The Cisco IOS Security Specialist certification recognizes security professionals who demonstrate skills to secure networks, using Cisco IOS Security features embedded in the latest Cisco routers and switches as well as Cisco security appliances.
  • The Cisco VPN Security Specialist certification deals with the skills to configure, maintain, troubleshoot and support various VPN solutions, using Cisco IOS software and the Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance.


It adds these certifications to these three:

  • Cisco IPS Specialist
  • Cisco NAC Specialist
  • Cisco ASA Specialist


Meanwhile, McAfee also is adding security certifications on two tracks. The McAfee Certified Specialist track focuses on the installation, configuration and administration of key McAfee products. The more vendor-neutral McAfee Certified Assessment Specialist track allows security practitioners to demonstrate deep technical assessment skills in penetration testing and ethical hacking, according to

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