Associate level skill in securing Cisco networks is acknowledged through the Cisco Certified Network
Associate Security (CCNA Security) certification. Before obtaining the CCNA Security certification,
candidates must possess either a current Cisco CCNA or a Cisco CCIE certification in any track.
To gain the Cisco CCNA Security certification, exam candidates must pass either the 640-553 IINS exam or
the 640-554 IINS exam. The Cisco training courses, “Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS v1.0)”
and “Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS v2.0)” are not required by Cisco before taking either
exam, but Cisco does highly recommend them for those technicians who wish to be prepared. Another way to
prepare for the certification exams is through the exam preparation offered by TestsLive.
Successfully passing the Cisco CCNA Security certification exam requires a candidate to possess the skills
required to develop a security infrastructure, and they must be able to recognize and eliminate threats and
vulnerabilities to networks. Additionally, skills in core security technologies, proper installation techniques,
troubleshooting, and network device monitoring will be tested on the exam. Competency in Cisco security
technologies and the ability to understand confidentiality of data and devices are also requirements of anyone
hoping to have a career as a CCNA Security.
A Cisco CCNA Security certification lasts for three years. Renewal of the certification comes through passing
any CCNA exam or through passing a specialist or advanced level certification exam.