CCIE Security: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security

CCIE Security Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security

Achieving CCIE Security certification proves your skills with complex security solutions. To earn CCIE Security certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core security technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers security technologies and solutions through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.


The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) program recognizes security experts who have the knowledge and skills to architect, engineer, implement, troubleshoot, and support the full suite of Cisco security technologies and solutions using the latest industry best practices to secure systems and environments against modern security risks, threats, vulnerabilities, and requirements.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Prior professional certifications or training courses are not required. As a CCIE Security candidate, you must first pass the written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.




➭ 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


➭ 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 the application and workload security concepts


➭ 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 multifactor authentication (MFA) strategy
➭ Describe endpoint posture assessment solutions to ensure endpoint security
➭ Explain the importance of an endpoint patching strategy


➭ Deployment modes on Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD
➭ Firewall features on Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD
➭ Security features on Cisco IOS/IOS-XE
➭ Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC) features
➭ NGIPS deployment modes
➭ Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) features
➭ Detect, and mitigate common types of attacks
➭ Clustering/HA features on Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD
➭ Policies and rules for traffic control on Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD
➭ Routing protocols security on Cisco IOS, Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD
➭ Network connectivity through Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD
➭ Correlation and remediation rules on Cisco FMC


➭ Device hardening techniques and control plane protection methods
➭ Management plane protection techniques
➭ Data plane protection techniques
➭ Layer 2 security techniques
➭ Wireless security technologies
➭ Monitoring protocols
➭ Security features to comply with organizational security policies, procedures, and standards BCP 38
➭ Cisco SAFE model to validate network security design and to identify threats to different places in the Network (PINs)
➭ Interaction with network devices through APIs using basic Python scripts
➭ Cisco DNAC Northbound APIs use cases


➭ AMP for networks, AMP for endpoints, and AMP for content security (ESA, and WSA)
➭ Detect, analyze, and mitigate malware incidents
➭ Perform packet capture and analysis using Wireshark, tcpdump, SPAN, ERSPAN, and RSPAN DNS layer security, intelligent proxy, and user identification using Cisco Umbrella
➭ Web filtering, user identification, and Application Visibility and Control (AVC) on Cisco FTD and WSA.
➭ WCCP redirection on Cisco devices
➭ Email security features
➭ HTTPS decryption and inspection on Cisco FTD, WSA, and Umbrella
➭ SMA for centralized content security management
➭ Cisco advanced threat solutions and their integration: Stealthwatch, FMC, AMP, Cognitive Threat Analytics (CTA), Threat Grid, Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), WSA, SMA, CTR, and Umbrella


➭ 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


➭ 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, anti-malware 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 lists, and reporting)


➭ 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


➭ AnyConnect client-based remote access VPN technologies on Cisco ASA, Cisco FTD, and Cisco Router.
➭ Cisco IOS CA for VPN authentication
➭ FlexVPN, DMVPN, and IPsec L2L Tunnels
➭ Uplink and downlink MACsec (802.1AE)
➭ VPN high availability using
➭ Infrastructure segmentation methods
➭ Micro-segmentation with Cisco TrustSec using SGT and SXP


➭ ISE scalability using multiple nodes and personas.
➭ Cisco switches and Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers for network access AAA with ISE.
➭ Cisco devices for administrative access with ISE
➭ AAA for network access with 802.1X and MAB using ISE.
➭ Guest lifecycle management using ISE and Cisco Wireless LAN controllers
➭ BYOD on-boarding and network access flows
➭ ISE integration with external identity sources
➭ Provisioning of AnyConnect with ISE and ASA
➭ Posture assessment with ISE
➭ Endpoint profiling using ISE and Cisco network infrastructure including device sensor
➭ Integration of MDM with ISE
➭ Certificate-based authentication using ISE
➭ Authentication methods
➭ Identity mapping on ASA, ISE, WSA, and FTD
➭ pxGrid integration between security devices WSA, ISE, and Cisco FMC
➭ Integration of ISE with multi-factor authentication
➭ Access control and single sign-on using Cisco DUO security technology $ads={2}
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