An IT professional who wishes to obtain the Cisco ASA Specialist certification must be among the very best of security professionals. A Cisco ASA Specialist possesses a broad range of security knowledge that allows them to design, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot network security solutions. Specialists also implement security technologies using the Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM). Additionally, specialists have the type of knowledge appropriate to an intermediate level Cisco certification that results from having in-depth experience working with the Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance. Specific technologies that these specialists work with include advanced protocol handling, remote access VPNs, Secure Sockets Layer VPNs, and failover.
If a candidate is able to achieve the Cisco ASA Specialist certification, they will enjoy a significant amount of prestige among their peers. This is because the position is widely recognized as a premiere security certification for those who work with advanced Cisco appliances, including engineers, consultants, and architects.
Two exams are required for the Cisco ASA Specialist certification. All candidates must take both the 642-618 Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Features exam and the 642-648 Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions exam. Prior to taking either exam, candidates must have a current CCNA Security certification.