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    Default **CCSP FAQ** - Please read before posting.

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    Information about the Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) -- the required exams and prerequisites -- can be found on the Cisco website.
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    What Books would you recommend for the CCSP?
    Cisco Press 642-503
    Books for self study
    New CCSP books...
    Should i buy this 3 Ciscopress books for 642-552 ??
    DMVPN
    CCSP newbie

    For the Cisco CCSP Exams, the Cisco Press books are the best, and in most cases, the only books you can find for the exams.
    Cisco Press CCSP Books

    The official Cisco Course materials and/or Cisco Partner eLearning is an option for those with access.

    The Cisco Documentation is another source for studying -- and one candidates for the Cisco Professional Level Certifications should become familiar with.

    I don’t have any equipment should I buy a Simulator?
    dynagen plus real gear
    Great news for emu lovers! (PIX)
    Cisco IDS/IPS box
    How realistic is this Security Lab plan?

    There is a mixed opinion on this and in the end you will have to decide for yourself. Simulators and real labs both have their merits. It's advisable to buy at least some equipment if you plan to put your certs to work and don't have hands-on work experience with Cisco routers and switches. You just can't simulate feeling and connecting cables and connectors.

    I want to setup my own home CCSP lab what should I buy and how do I set it up?
    CCSP equipment
    I want to buy hardware for CCSP please give recommendations.
    Cisco Pix 515E restricted license
    Pix verses the ASA for studying
    ASA 5510s
    CCSP without the Equipment
    IPS Rack time

    Just another one trying to get the CCIE Security
    asa 5505 for CCIE security lab
    CCIE Security Study group in Chicago area

    For equipment try www.certificationkits.com and www.ebay.com

    Rather than purchasing the expensive equipment, rack rental is an option -- see the IPS RacK time link above. The newest equipment tested in the CCSP may not yet be tested in the CCIE Security Lab Exam and may not yet be available in the CCIE Rental Racks -- so plan accordingly.

    CCSP or CCNP?
    ccsp & ccnp
    Studying for CCNP and/or CCSP
    CCSP vs. CCNP
    CCNP vs. CCSP
    Steps to a CCSP
    CCSP or CCNP
    ccnp or ccsp?


    Suggested Cisco Documentation Links
    Cisco IOS Feature Navigator

    642-552 Securing Cisco Network Devices (SND)
    642-502 Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SNRS)
    Cisco IOS Security Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
    Cisco IOS Classic Firewall and Intrusion Prevention System Denial-of-Service Protection
    Cisco IOS Firewall - Configuring IP Access Lists

    642-523 Securing Networks with PIX and ASA (SNPA)
    Cisco ASA 5500 Series Quick Start Guide, Version 7.0
    Cisco PIX Firewall Software Configuration Guides
    Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances Configuration Guides
    Cisco Security Appliance Command Line Configuration Guide, Version 7.2
    Cisco Security Appliance Command Line Configuration Guide, Version 8.0
    ASDM 5.2 User Guide
    ASDM 6.0 User Guide
    Content Security and Control SSM Administrator Guide Version 6.2
    PIX/ASA 7.x: Allow Local LAN Access for VPN Clients Configuration Example
    PIX/ASA 7.x: Enable FTP/TFTP Services Configuration Example

    642-533 Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System
    Cisco Secure Intrusion Detection System
    Installing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Appliances and Modules 5.0
    Configuring the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Sensor Using the Command Line Interface 5.0
    Installing and Using Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Device Manager 5.1
    Configuring the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Sensor Using the Command Line Interface 5.1
    Installing and Using Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Device Manager 6.0
    Configuring the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Sensor Using the Command Line Interface 6.0
    IPS 5.x: Inline VLAN Pair Mode Configuration Example
    ASA: Send Network Traffic from the ASA to the AIP SSM Configuration Example

    642-591 Implementing Cisco NAC Appliance (CANAC)
    Cisco NAC Appliance Configuration Quick Start Guide, Release 4.1
    Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Server Installation and Configuration Guide, Release 4.1(3)
    Network Admission Control: Technical Overview (PDF)
    Network Admission Control Overview Demo (Flash)
    Network Admission Control Documentation Reference Guide
    Network Admission Control (NAC) FAQ (PDF)
    Network Admission Control (NAC) Framework Configuration Guide (PDF)
    Network Admission Control (NAC) Framework Deployment Guide (PDF)
    Network Admission Control Software Configuration Guide
    Cisco IOS Security Configuration Guide, Release 12.4 - Network Admission Control
    Cisco Security Appliance Command Line Configuration Guide, Version 7.2 - Configuring Network Admission Control
    Cisco Security Appliance Command Line Configuration Guide, Version 8.0 - Configuring Network Admission Control
    Cisco NAC Appliance (Clean Access) Design Guides
    Supported Hardware and System Requirements for Cisco NAC Appliance (Cisco Clean Access)
    Getting Started with Cisco NAC Network Modules in Cisco Access Routers

    642-544 Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS)
    Quick Start for Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System
    Install and Setup Guide for Cisco Security MARS, Release 5.3.x
    Top Issues for the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System
    User Guide for Cisco Security MARS Global Controller, Release 5.3.x
    User Guide for Cisco Security MARS Local Controller, Release 5.3.x


    Other Cisco Resources
    Certification Exam Tutorial
    Cisco Learning Connection - Security and VPN
    Cisco Learning Connection - Routers
    Cisco Learning Connection - Switches
    Cisco on Cisco Technology Tutorials
    Using the Technical Support and Documentation Website
    Cisco Security Introduction
    Cisco Security Center
    Design Zone for Security
    Network Security Policy: Best Practices White Paper
    Cisco Guide to Harden Cisco IOS Devices

    Other Security Resources
    NSA Security Configuration Guides
    The 60 Minute Network Security Guide (First Steps Towards a Secure Network Environment) PDF
    Search for Cisco on the NSA page and you find several links, including
    Cisco Router Security Configuration Guide
    Cisco IOS Switch Security Configuration Guide



    NDA and Forum rules

    If you have any more questions feel free to reply to this topic. Do not ask about or mention the topics of the SIM(s) or discuss any required steps for specific SIM(s). Everything related to the CCSP objectives that cover something that can be configured, implemented, verified, troubleshot, etc, is a possible topic for the CCSP exam. You need to know them all, not just the ones Cisco happens to have currently in their exams, or someone else got last week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ten9t6
    All,

    First I want to say welcome to the Cisco section of TechExams. Let me know if you have any questions during your visit. We have some very knowledgeable members that are more than willing to help you out.

    BUT...

    We do have some rules. It is ok to talk about areas that are good to focus, (like the blueprint for the test) but it is not ok to state what questions or sims you had (To be more clear....do not say I had two on OSPF and one on Underwater Basket Weaving..Yes, I know that is not getting specifics...but you should not be mentioning these at all. It is not my NDA or TechExams NDA...it is what you signed w/ Cisco.) If you can't face the question or the sim, without a heads up, your not ready for the exam.

    Again, welcome to the forum. Learn as much as you can. Help when you can help. And please watch what you post.

    Thanks...
    Ten9t6
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    Any chance at updating the guide, with regards to CCNP:Security?
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    It's on the to-do list -- unfortunately it comes behind work, feeding the cats (and cleaning their litter boxes), and preparing for the CCIE R&S Lab. And I haven't had much time for Lab prep (and one of the Cats has been complaining that I haven't been attending to their litter box promptly).
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    A long list I think it should help even if I didn't manage to pass through it.
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