The CCNP Security (Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security) certification program is a source of validation for network security engineers who perform security and solution-based tasks in the work place. This is a second-tier immediate certification that can only be earned once a CCNA Security or valid CCSP certification has been earned.
Four exams are required to earn the CCNP Security (Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security) certification; a passing score must be earned on each, and they can be taken in any order. Two - Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (642-637) and Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (642-627) - will go over security in routers, switches, and networking appliances and devices. The other two - Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions (642-618) and Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (642-648) - will cover the support, deployment and troubleshooting of solutions in a networking environment.
A training course is available for each exam, allowing participants to get a good understanding of the material that will show up on the exams and in the workplace. Additionally, recertification is possible once the current certification expires after three years. Security engineers can view the requirements and more certification information by going to the Cisco Learning Network website.