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Cisco offers three levels of certification depending upon the depth of knowledge required in each stream namely Entry Level, Associate and Professional.

Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) is a Professional level certification available.

Objective of CCSP Certification Exam

Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) tests advanced knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks.

With a CCSP certification, a network professional demonstrates the skills required to secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity, mitigate threats, and reduce costs.  

The CCSP curriculum emphasizes Cisco Router IOS (ISR) and Catalyst Switch security features, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), secure VPN connectivity, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Cisco Security Agent (CSA), Security Enterprise and Device Management, Network Admission Control (NAC) as well as techniques to optimize these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution. In addition, CCSP leverages the new CCNA Security certification as a pre-requisite.

CCSP Certification Requirements

CCSP certification requires four exams , three core exams and one elective exam.

The details are given in the table below:


642-504 Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SNRS)
642-524 Securing Networks with ASA Foundation (SNAF)
642-533 Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

ELECTIVE EXAMS: (one out of three required)

642-591 Implementing Cisco NAC Appliance (CANAC)
642-545 Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS)
642-515 Securing Networks with ASA Advanced (SNAA)