This certification is designed for Cisco Channel Partners who are seeking the acquire skills such as assessing customer needs, selling, and designing Cisco Secure X. The Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist will use these skills to protect important assets, reduce costs, and improve productivity for the customers they serve. This certification will result in the candidate gaining a thorough understanding of the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy, which includes Adaptive Security Appliance, Intrusion Prevention Systems, and Network Admission Control. Prerequisites for this certification include a valid Cisco CCDA, CCDP, or any of the CCIE certifications.
Candidates are required to pass the 642-584 SSSE or 642-583 SSSE exams before earning their certification. The 642-584 is a one-hour exam that will test the participant's knowledge of Cisco security products and how to position them to fit into an integrated secure network. Cisco Security Appliance, VPN, NAC Appliance, and Cisco Ironport and Scansafe web security will be included among the topics. The 642-583 exam is a 60-minute exam that contains questions that focus on describing the threat landscape and goals of security engineering and identifying modern security controls. Examinees will also be tested on their ability to design a variety of security related solutions to mitigate threats using Cisco security products.