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    Default Going to give SISAS a shot....

    After debating on whether or not to wait out the release of the OCGs, I decided I would take a slight gamble and give SISAS a shot on August 1 [EDIT: July 19] because I really want to finish CCNP Security. For those that might not have followed the previous posts, I finished FIREWALL and VPN shortly before the changeover in April and took some time off for work and moving to another city. After SISAS would come SITCS.

    I don't think I can wait for the OCGs to come out before I give it at least one shot because it's not even clear when they will be released (yeah, the Amazon preorders say Jan. 2015 but who is to say unless it's an official release date)?

    I am using the ipExpert video series taught by Piotr Kaluzny, I was able to nab the entire CCNP Security video series (both old and new tests) for about $300 for a total of eight video series. I think the cost is lower right now but before they lowered the price I just chatted with the sales reps through their site and managed to haggle it down to 300 from 400.

    In addition to this I'll be scraping the Cisco documentation, Cisco Live videos, and anything else I can get my hands on.

    Fortunately I'm exposed to a subset of the material at work and I even wrote some log decoders for our Cisco WLCs, RADIUS logs, and a few other network devices. The log decoders work in conjunction with an IPS technology we use called OSSEC, so I wrote the backend that parses the logs and tokenizes things like source ip, destination ip, syslog severity/facility, and this gets fed into a custom SIEM we are working on from the ground up.

    I'll be sticking close to the forums for the next month and trying to give feedback on this if I can.
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    Good luck, Look forward to hear what happens
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    Hi Vask3n. Would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. I'm doing my CCNA Security and intend to write in September/October this year. I've done a bit of penetration testing (needs some beefing up though). My aim is to take Penetration Testing to an advanced level and get CCNP security certification. My LinkedIn profile is www.linkedin.com/pub/musole-mukube/20/7b5/2a4.

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    Sure thing, hope to see you on the forums too since there's quite a few people doing CCNA Security now too on the CCNA Security section, I also used that sub-forum heavily when studying for CCNA:S.
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    Good luck man! After pursuing the CCNP R&S, this will be the next NP course I'll be going for! We just recently implemented ISE and I'm trying to get my hands on as much training as possible! Unfortunately, our ISE server doesn't have access to Active Directory yet, so we have to MAB everything. CDP makes it super easy to add in our VoIP phones though!
    Reading: Lab Books, Ansible Documentation Goals: Bash Shell/Python Automation Refinement [], CCIE R&S Written [X], AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (Maybe) [] CCIE R&S Counter: Somewhere between zero and infinity
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    Quote Originally Posted by OfWolfAndMan View Post
    Good luck man! After pursuing the CCNP R&S, this will be the next NP course I'll be going for! We just recently implemented ISE and I'm trying to get my hands on as much training as possible! Unfortunately, our ISE server doesn't have access to Active Directory yet, so we have to MAB everything. CDP makes it super easy to add in our VoIP phones though!
    That's great that you have access to ISE in the first place, I'm still sort of learning the GUI, it's like a cross between Cisco Configuration Professional and ASDM, but more on the CCP side.

    I'm getting through the MAB information now and how it ties in with FlexAuth, currently learning about Profiling and how probes insert hosts into the Internal Endpoints db.
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    How are the IPExpert videos? I really want to get started on the CCNP Security as soon as I'm done with R&S. Is it super dry like INE's stuff or is the guy a little more upbeat like Jeremy Ciora?
    Reading: Lab Books, Ansible Documentation Goals: Bash Shell/Python Automation Refinement [], CCIE R&S Written [X], AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (Maybe) [] CCIE R&S Counter: Somewhere between zero and infinity
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    Quote Originally Posted by OfWolfAndMan View Post
    How are the IPExpert videos? I really want to get started on the CCNP Security as soon as I'm done with R&S. Is it super dry like INE's stuff or is the guy a little more upbeat like Jeremy Ciora?
    Here's a sample vid from the same instructor, this is for CCIE.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjhuDp9Fpgg

    That is basically the pace of the entire series, I would say it's closer to INE than CBT Nuggets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vask3n View Post
    Here's a sample vid from the same instructor, this is for CCIE.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjhuDp9Fpgg

    That is basically the pace of the entire series, I would say it's closer to INE than CBT Nuggets.
    I think I like him better as an instructor than the CCNP R&S instructor. As of now, this is pretty much the only option I know of anyway. It's now $149 btw for all four courses
    Reading: Lab Books, Ansible Documentation Goals: Bash Shell/Python Automation Refinement [], CCIE R&S Written [X], AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (Maybe) [] CCIE R&S Counter: Somewhere between zero and infinity
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    Good luck at meeting your target mate!

    Do the new CCNP Security exams include the nextgen ASAs? I was going to wait until they started including their recently acquired (well, not so recent anymore) Sourcefire kit in the exams before thinking about looking into them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lrb View Post
    Good luck at meeting your target mate!

    Do the new CCNP Security exams include the nextgen ASAs? I was going to wait until they started including their recently acquired (well, not so recent anymore) Sourcefire kit in the exams before thinking about looking into them.
    Hey Irb, it looks like it does cover NGFW, here is a snippet from the exam topics for SITCS

    1.1 Cisco ASA 5500-X NGFW Security Services
    1.1.a Describe features and functionality
    1.1.b Implement web usage control (URL-filtering, reputation based,
    file filtering)
    1.1.c Implement AVC
    1.1.d Implement decryption policies
    1.1.e Describe traffic redirection and capture methods
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vask3n View Post
    Hey Irb, it looks like it does cover NGFW, here is a snippet from the exam topics for SITCS

    1.1 Cisco ASA 5500-X NGFW Security Services
    1.1.a Describe features and functionality
    1.1.b Implement web usage control (URL-filtering, reputation based,
    file filtering)
    1.1.c Implement AVC
    1.1.d Implement decryption policies
    1.1.e Describe traffic redirection and capture methods
    from the course i just done on Implementing Cisco Edge Network Security Solutions

    the firewall they are using is X series and the concepts cover them at a basic level but the SITCS covers more advance topics
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    Awesome thanks guys! Might try to go for this cert after my lab
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    I just got the new ASA book from Half.com

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158...pf_rd_i=507846

    It covers the NGFW. I am currently reading that chapter. Trying to prepare for SITCS. This is the thickest book I have ever owned! HUGE!!!
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    Powering through SISAS at full steam ahead, the more I study the more I find that there's a ton of information available for each topic so I'm trying to stay close to the Exam Outline.
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    Goal for today is to master CWA (Central Web Authentication). Went through some detailed design notes and configuration for phased deployment.

    Feeling pretty comfortable with FlexAuth and MAB, going to focus on Profiling and Posture after CWA.
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    Goal for today is to master BYOD. Feeling pretty confident now with MAB and MACSec and node architecture (PSN, MNT, PAN)
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    Nice work man, you seem to have a really good strategy for tackling he exam topics by focusing on only a few topics every day. The content for this exam looks pretty interesting.
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    Good luck, Vask3n. You're doing it the right way... I think in this industry, we have the expectation of being spoon fed everything. A whole cottage industry has sprung around Cisco certs that esentially teaches to the exam. Perhaps a better approach, similar to what you're doing, is reading the blue print, and seeking out the information within the Cisco documentation, and then pairing that knowledge with your experience in order to pass the exam.
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    Thank you for the encouragement guys, it helps keep the morale up.

    I ended up spending a lot of hours this past week studying SISAS and I've decided to actually give it a shot this coming Saturday the 19th instead of my original goal of August 1. I feel that with the momentum I kept, August 1 is sort of far away and I feel that I would rather try it closer to when I have the momentum I do now.

    In my research I found a lot of items on ISE including how-to documents and informative videos. Without knowing how detailed the exam is I have tried to organize the information as best as I can and hope to use this next week to fill in the gaps and give it a shot on saturday.

    If anyone is curious, I would highly recommend the following video, which is part 1 of 8 on the ISE. You will notice that the video is pretty much scripted like a lot of these Cisco technical vids, but I found that this is actually a benefit because they go through details and explanations that are really comprehensive and not just covering the basics. Coincidentally, a lot of what they go over is on the exam outline so I am hoping that Cisco at least partly is basing the exam on their existing documentation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kaoof2Ty77Y
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    I don't know if you have this but the INE All Access Pass includes an ISE primer for CCIE Security, which is about 4 hours of video content. I'm not sure how good this is but it might be worth checking out if you have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lrb View Post
    I don't know if you have this but the INE All Access Pass includes an ISE primer for CCIE Security, which is about 4 hours of video content. I'm not sure how good this is but it might be worth checking out if you have it.
    Thanks for the recommendation Irb!

    For today I am focusing on Guest Services using the ipExpert videos and some Cisco videos. Pretty nervous for taking this but trying to get as much studying done as possible.
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    Last 2.5 days of studying, I am pretty eager but don't really know what to expect. Hoping to get all loose ends tied before Saturday.
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    Good luck tomrrow, Vask3n! We're all pulling for you... bring one home for the TE team!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryguy View Post
    Good luck tomrrow, Vask3n! We're all pulling for you... bring one home for the TE team!
    Thanks so much for the encouragement, I am still moving strong before tomorrow and am digging through all prior documentation again. Hoping to bring this one home tomorrow, I will post back after the exam.
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