Posted by : Siva Priya Monday, 19 October 2015

Once upon a time, security was something that IT departments, network teams, and application developers knew they needed to address, but rarely did. And, if security was addressed, it was most likely the last and least-addressed item on the list of priorities for the IT department. 
There were just too many other priorities ahead of security, and everyone was more focused on performance, and cool features, and just getting the technologies in question to work, rather than security.

Enter the CCNA Security Certification 

The CCNA Security tests a candidate’s skills across of range of subject matter areas, such as designing, deploying, installation and configuration, testing and maintenance of Cisco security devices and appliances. 

As you might expect, the CCNA Security certification is centered on Cisco products and technologies. Primary devices and platforms include Cisco IOS security, and the installation, configuration and maintenance of Cisco ASA adaptive security appliances, Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), and Cisco security management tools.

Some of the core skills tested by the CCNA Security exam include:
  1. Understanding the different kinds of threats and attacks in use against networks today
  2. Designing and administering effective security policies
  3. Implementation of site-to-site VPN tunnels[2] on Cisco devices
  4. Mitigation of common layer 2 and layer 3 attacks
  5. Implementation of Cisco technologies such as the Cisco IOS firewall feature set, and the Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) feature set
  6. Securing access to network devices
  7. Implementing various security protocols and technologies such as AAA and ACLs
  8. Installation, configuration, and maintenance of Cisco security devices and appliances such as the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
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