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Network Security!

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by Fluid, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. Fluid

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    Hi,

    Im considering going into Network Security i was wandering what certificates are available for that apart from:

    Comptia Security+
    Comptia Network+
    Cisco CCNA
    Cisco CCSP
    Cisco CCIE

    Also will you be able to state how long the cert lasts you before you have to retake the exams. I.e. cisco every 3 years. Thanks!8)
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Cisco: every 3 years
    CompTIA: certified for life
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. Tinus1959

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    Most Vendors have an own security course. With Microsoft you could take course 2821 (PKI) 2823 (implementing security) or 2830 (designing security). Also a course 2824 (ISA server) would fit in this line.
    A special security course could be CEH (Ethical Hacker). It wil train you to think in a different way and so make your network more secure. The latter one could be followed by ECSA (security analist). Certification is for life. It the methode of thinking.
     
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  4. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    You seem to be hedging yourself in to a very Cisco coloured field, there :)

    Check out this brief guide on the Cramsession website.

    Our own guy, has MCSE as well as a few other things, and is looking at CEH as something he's interested in. And CISSP. But I believe they take a good few years of experience before you approach them (which he, thankfully, has).
     
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  5. Fluid

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    who is the CEH and the ECSA by? how long do they last? Are MS certs 3 years as well?
     
  6. zebulebu

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    CEH stands for Certified Ethical Hacker - it is becoming the standard entry-level cert for people looking to get into the Pen-Testing field. It's not aimed solely at pen-testers though - as Tinus said, it aims to get you used to thinking with the mindset of a hacker so that you can better prepare yourself for attacks when they come.

    The ECSA is the 'next stage' up from the CEH. It is much more focussed on the analysis of hacking than the broad-based approach the CEH takes. Whilst the CEH will give you basic knowledge of the tools and methodologies used by hackers to penetrate your defences, the ECSA will explain in much more depth how to analyse the results you receive from those tools and methods.

    Both of these certs are provided by the EC-Council - a vendor-neutral certification and education body that is beginning to gain widespread acceptance and recognition in the Security Industry.
     
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  7. Iceberg

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    Good luck going all the way to CCIE:Sec it won't be easy!
    I swept through CCSP and have no will *yet* to go for the higher level, it requires about a year of studies with boot camps and/or your own personal lab at home, hence a severe budget!
    As most suggested, EC-Council certs are very important with security matters, they have an interesting curriculum as per their Ms of Security Sciences certification (MSS).
    And if you get 3 to 4 years of heavy security professional experience, go for CISSP!

    Best of lucks :-)
     
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