The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, or CCIE Security, is a technical certification offered by Cisco Systems The CCIE Security certifies the skills required of network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructures on a wide variety of Cisco equipment.
The CCIE Security is described by Cisco as the most prestigious networking certification in the industry. The CCIE certifies a very specific set of skills in the field of networking. According to Cisco, less than 3% of Cisco Certified engineers obtain CCIE certification and less than 1% of the networking professionals worldwide passing all the requirements of the program earns the individual a unique CCIE number assigned by Cisco.
CCIE Security began in 1993, originally with a two day lab, later changing to a one day format. The CCIE Security consists of a written exam and a “lab” exam (in each track). As of October 6, 2010, there were 25,810 people with active CCIE Security certifications It was voted the most technically advanced IT certification by CertMag, and is generally reported as the highest salaried certification in IT salary surveys. It is possible to hold multiple CCIE Security certifications. As of September 9, 2008, 1,729 individuals held multiple CCIE Security certifications. Of those, 274 hold three or more CCIE Security certifications
CCIE Tracks and Levels of Certifications
The program is currently divided into different areas of expertise or “tracks”: Routing & Switching, Network Security, Service Provide and Voice. The CCIE Security track in which one becomes certified determines the different aspects of networking technology that individual is recognized as being an expert in. One may also choose to pursue multiple CCIE Security tracks to be recognized as an expert in multiple different categories of Cisco technology.
Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
Present a unified view of a service provider network in relation to Cisco IP NGN architecture.
Implement and verify VLANs and trunking. Configure HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP. Configure and verify OSPF and IS-IS, and describe MPLS LDP.
Describe the basics of link state routing protocols. Describe the operation and configuration of single area OSPF (including load balancing and authentication), IS-IS, common issues with IS-IS, and approach for troubleshooting problems.
Configure basic BGP to enable inter-domain routing in a service provider network Describe ACL and IP address translation.
Describe the fundamentals of Cisco IOS XR, and IOS XE software technology
Module 1, Service Provider Network Construction, contains 4 lessons:
Lesson 1: Introducing General Service Provider Network Architecture
Lesson 2: Placing Cisco Hardware Platforms
Lesson 3: Interconnecting Service Providers
Lesson 4: Exploring Cisco IP NGN Architecture, Services, and Component Functions
Module 2, Advanced LAN Switching, contains 4 lessons:
Lesson 1: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
Lesson 2: Implementing Spanning Tree
Lesson 3: Configuring Routing Between VLANs
Lesson 4: Introducing First Hop Redundancy Protocols
Module 3, Internal Service Provider Traffic Forwarding, contains 5 lessons:
Lesson 1: Introducing Link State Routing Protocols
Lesson 2: Implementing OSPF
Lesson 3: Implementing IS-IS M
Lesson 4: Introducing Route Redistribution M
Lesson 5: Introducing MPLS Basics
Module 4, External Service Provider Routing, contains 5 lessons:
Lesson 1: Introducing BGP
Lesson 2: Understanding BGP Path Attributes
Lesson 3: Establishing BGP Sessions
Lesson 4: Processing BGP Routes
Module 5, ACL and IP Address Translation, contains 3 lessons and a lab:
Lesson 1: Applying Access Control Lists
Lab 5-1: Implement ACLs
Lesson 2: Implementing Advanced Address Translation
Lesson 3: Transitioning to IPv6
Module 6, Cisco IOS XE and Cisco IOS XR Software, contains:
Lesson 1: Describing Cisco IOS XR Software Architecture and Features
Lesson 2: Explaining Software Maintenance Operations on Cisco IOS XR and Cisco IOS XE software
Lesson 3: Explaining Configuration Management with Cisco IOS XR softwares
Lesson 4: Installing Cisco IOS XR software from Scratch