CCNP Security


The new CCNP Security certification program prepares you for today’s professional-level job roles in security technologies. CCNP Security now includes automation and programmability to help you scale your security infrastructure.

One of the industry’s most respected certifications, CCNP validates the core knowledge you need while giving you the flexibility to choose a focus area.

And now every exam in the CCNP Security program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.


CCNA or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.


Duration 2 Months
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  • Security Concepts

    • Explain common threats against on-premises and cloud environments
    • Compare common security vulnerabilities such as software bugs, weak and/or hardcoded password
    • Describe functions of the cryptography components such as hashing, encryption, PKI, SSL, IPsec
    • Compare site-to-site VPN and remote access VPN deployment types such as sVTI, IPsec, Cryptomap
    • Describe security intelligence authoring, sharing, and consumption
    • Explain the role of the endpoint in protecting humans from phishing and social engineering attacks
    • Explain North Bound and South Bound APIs in the SDN architecture
    • Explain DNAC APIs for network provisioning, optimization, monitoring, and troubleshooting
    • Interpret basic Python scripts used to call Cisco Security appliances APIs
  • Securing the Cloud

    • Identify security solutions for cloud environments
    • Compare the customer vs. provider security responsibility for the different cloud service models
    • Describe the concept of DevSecOps (CI/CD pipeline, container orchestration, and security
    • Implement application and data security in cloud environments
    • Identify security capabilities, deployment models, and policy management to secure the cloud
    • Configure cloud logging and monitoring methodologies
    • Describe application and workload security concepts
  • Endpoint Protection and Detection

    • Compare Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) and Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) solutions
    • Explain antimalware, retrospective security, Indication of Compromise (IOC), antivirus, dynamic file analysis, and endpoint-sourced telemetry
    • Configure and verify outbreak control and quarantines to limit infection
    • Describe justifications for endpoint-based security
    • Describe the value of endpoint device management and asset inventory such as MDM
    • Describe the uses and importance of a multifactor authentication (MFA) strategy
    • Describe endpoint posture assessment solutions to ensure endpoint security
    • Explain the importance of an endpoint patching strategy
  • Architecture and Deployment

    • Configure personas
    • Describe deployment options
  • Web Auth and Guest Services

    • Configure web authentication
    • Configure guest access services
    • Configure sponsor and guest portals
  • Profiler

    • Implement profiler services
    • Implement probes
    • Implement CoA
    • Configure endpoint identity management
  • Endpoint Compliance

    • Describe endpoint compliance, posture services, and client provisioning
    • Configure posture conditions and policy, and client provisioning
    • Configure the compliance module
    • Configure Cisco ISE posture agents and operational modes
    • Describe supplicant, supplicant options, authenticator, and server
  • Network Security

    • Compare network security solutions that provide intrusion prevention and firewall capabilities
    • Describe deployment models of network security solutions and architectures that provide intrusion prevention and firewall capabilities
    • Describe the components, capabilities, and benefits of NetFlow and Flexible NetFlow records
    • Configure and verify network infrastructure security methods (router, switch, wireless)
    • Implement segmentation, access control policies, AVC, URL filtering, and malware protection
    • Implement management options for network security solutions such as intrusion prevention and perimeter security
    • Configure AAA for device and network access (authentication and authorization, TACACS+, RADIUS and RADIUS flows, accounting, and dACL)
    • Configure secure network management of perimeter security and infrastructure devices
    • Configure and verify site-to-site VPN and remote access VPN
  • Content Security

    • Implement traffic redirection and capture methods
    • Describe web proxy identity and authentication including transparent user identification
    • Compare the components, capabilities, and benefits of local and cloud-based email and web solutions.
    • Configure and verify web and email security deployment methods to protect on-premises and remote user
    • Configure and verify email security features such as SPAM filtering, antimalware filtering, DLP, blacklisting, and email encryption
    • Configure and verify secure internet gateway and web security features such as blacklisting, URL filtering, malware scanning, URL categorization, web application filtering, and TLS decryption
    • Describe the components, capabilities, and benefits of Cisco Umbrella
    • Configure and verify web security controls on Cisco Umbrella (identities, URL content settings, destination
  • Secure Network Access, Visibility, and Enforcement

    • Describe identity management and secure network access concepts such as guest services, profiling, posture assessment and BYOD
    • Configure and verify network access device functionality such as 802.1X, MAB, WebAuth
    • Describe network access with CoA
    • Describe the benefits of device compliance and application control
    • Explain exfiltration techniques
    • Describe the benefits of network telemetry
    • Describe the components, capabilities, and benefits of these security products and solutions
  • Policy Enforcement

    • Configure native AD and LDAP
    • Describe identity store options
    • Configure wired/wireless 802.1X network access
    • Configure 802.1X phasing deployment
    • Configure network access devices
    • Implement MAB
    • Configure Cisco TrustSec
    • Configure policies including authentication and authorization profiles
  • BYOD

    • Describe Cisco BYOD functionality
    • Configure BYOD device on-boarding using internal CA with Cisco switches and Cisco wireless LAN controllers
    • Configure certificates for BYOD
    • Configure blacklist/whitelist
  • Network Access Device Administration

    • Compare AAA protocols
    • Configure TACACS+ device administration and command authorization

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