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Started Checkpoint CCSA - some details

Discussion in 'Other IT certifications' started by demarrer, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

    Hi All,

    Last night I decided to get on my bike an get certified for the Checkpoint CCSA exam. As I've done with my other certs, I'm going the self-study route.

    I have decided to take the Check Point Certificate Security Administrator CCSA Certification on R75 secureplatform. We don't yet use GAIA where I work and R75 is still supported by checkpoint up until 2016, so this is the right exam for me to validate what I know and push my understanding of the product a bit further.

    Here are the details of the exam for all those interested. You can find (with a bit ((LOTS)) of digging) all the details on the checkpoint website.

    Check Point Security
    Administration R75
    Security Gateway, Firewall, Smart Console, Remote Access VPN, IPSEC VPN, User Directory, Anti-spam/virus/mail, URL filtering, Identity Awareness

    Some basics (and a bit of marketing ;) ) about the certificate:

    What you need to know
    •Check Point Technology Overview
    •Deployment Platforms and Security Policies
    •Monitoring Traffic and Connections
    •User Management and Authentication
    •Implementing Identity Awareness in the Firewall
    •Configuring VPN tunnels
    •Resolving security administration issues


    •6 months to 1 year of experience with Check Point products recommended
    •Check Point User Center account

    How You Will Benefit:

    •CCSA’s rank higher than other security vendor professionals
    •Validation you have the skills to manage today’s latest network security advancements
    •Certified Professionals community, newsletter and special web access

    Unfortunately in the usercenter, there is no study guide however, the topics on the exam are apparently about the same as the 2013 one. Here is the website for all the details about the various exams: Self-Study Resources | Check Point Software

    The checkpoint user center account is free and gives you access to more details and some free ressources, ie a practice exam. Only 20 questions though, however it's better than nothing.

    For the study, I'm using the study guide and lab guide and taking notes using microsoft one-note. I have also the CBTnuggets videos (one month IT training access to there videos of a month) and also all the administation guides (many pages!) available free from the checkpoint website.

    It's gonna be tough!

    For the labs, I have an iso image of secureplaform and will build my network using virtualbox.

    The exam is booked via the pearson vue and on the website it costs about 200 euros about 180 quid.

    ...so chapter one, here we go :)


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    p.s - on the vue website you can find out more information about the certificates available.

    Certifications: A+, Security +, CCNA, CCSA
    WIP: music, (dreaming of) CCIE Security :D
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  2. benou

    benou New Member

    Hey buddy,

    I passed my CCNA Security last week and decided to start studying my CCSA in the next couple of days. I have been looking all over the web and I am struggling to understand how the CCSA R75 self-study works..
    I went onto the self-study portal and it seems that their is no study guide available (not like Cisco). I also had a look on Amazon but couldn't find anything related.
    Could you let me know where did you get your study/lab guide?

    Merci beaucoup ;)

  3. Simonvm

    Simonvm Kilobyte Poster

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2013
    Certifications: MCITP: EST, MCDST, MCTS, A+, N+, CCNP, CCNA Wireless
  4. darkeden82

    darkeden82 New Member

    I have all the r76 official material... Contact me in pvt for details
  5. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

    I passed my CCSA exam today. So pretty pleased :)

    However, I was disappointed with myself as I think I could have got a higher mark if I really had put my mind to it.

    The biggest tip I can give you all is to install the smartconsoles and connect to them on demo mode. Forget about the official training, and official books!! Go through EACH menu, window, option and click on the help file to learn about each. Learn about Identity Awareness, NAT, Policy, Global Properties, CLI commands. Unfortuneatly, I find the study guides will give you about 30% of what you need, or even the bare minimum.

    I can't stress enough that you need to download the ISO from checkpoint and get as much practise on the product as possible. Your experience will help you:) Don't forget IPSO too, if you are taking the R75 exam.

    Good luck with this.

    Me I'm on to CCNA security and then CCNP Security, or beyond :)

    And remember, don't to the braindumps!!!! If you have cheated, and learnt the answers to the exam, you have cheated yourself.
    Certifications: A+, Security +, CCNA, CCSA
    WIP: music, (dreaming of) CCIE Security :D

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