In this blog, we will compare new CCIE Security v6.0 with current CCIE Security v5.0. We will describe what changes in CCIE Security certification Cisco has decided. For the quick reminder, CCIE Security v6.0 would be valid from February 24, 2020 and onward.
CCIE Security certification
If you are engaged with network technology or working as a network professional in an organization, then you might be aware of CCIE security certification. It’s an industry standard to recognize network security engineers who have expertise in demonstrating expert-level performance implementing, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco network security solutions.
This is a kind of certification which is attained by security professionals worldwide. Attaining and maintaining this performance-based practical certification means you have proven skills and knowledge about network security. To achieve CCIE Security certification, you not just need to prove your theoretical knowledge of security best practices in the CCIE Security written exam, but also prove your skills in the CCIE security lab exam using real equipment in real-world scenarios. Since it’s a rigorous process and requires expert-level knowledge and skill, this certification is considered the most advanced network security certification. It enables candidates to manage, lead, and design the most complex network security teams and projects.
Now Cisco is going to change in CCIE security certification from February 24, 2020. Let us highlight the facts about these changes:
|CCIE Security v5 – Current||CCIE Security v6 – New|
|The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) program course has been crafted for security experts. It is suitable for professionals who have knowledge and skills to implement and maintain Network Security Solutions by making use of industry best practices. This particular course program teaches engineers and architects to implement, fix and support Cisco Security Solutions and Technologies. Security experts learn how to protect security systems against risks, threats, and vulnerabilities through the CCIE Security v5.0 course.||CCIE Security certification v6.0 is the updated version of CCIE Security v5.0. This new certification program prepares security engineers or professionals for expert-level job roles in security technologies. It prepares candidates to play major roles in the industry and distinguishes them as a technical leader. The CCIE Security v6.0 comprises of automation and programmability. The Exam covers Core Security Technologies along with managing the whole network, ranging from designing and deploying to operating and troubleshooting.|
|To earn CCIE security v5 you need to pass two exams – Written and then after Lab exam||You need to pass qualifying exam and then Lab exam|
|CCIE Security Exam v5||CCIE Security Exam v6|
|400-251 Written Exam||Qualifying exam (SCOR 350-701)|
|Lab Exam v5.0||Lab Exam (CCIE Security v6.0)|
|Prerequisite: CCIE Security v5||Prerequisite: CCIE Security v6|
|For current CCIE Security v5.0, no formal prerequisites required||For this new CCIE Security v6.0, again no formal prerequisites are required|
|You must completely understand the exam topics, included in the complete network life-cycle||You just need to have complete understanding and knowledge of designing, deploying, operating and optimizing security solutions|
|Three to five years of work experience is recommended||Five to seven years of work experience is recommended|
|Topic||Written Exam (%)||Lab Exam (%)|
|Perimeter Security and Intrusion Prevention||21%||23%|
|Advanced Threat Protection and Content Security||17%||19%|
|Secure Connectivity and Segmentation||17%||19%|
|Identity Management, Information Exchange, and Access Control||22%||24%|
|Infrastructure Security, Virtualization, and Automation||13%||15%|
|Evolving Technologies v1.1||10%||0%|
|Lab Exam Topic||Coverance (%)|
|Perimeter Security and Intrusion Prevention||20%|
|Secure Connectivity and Segmentation||20%|
|Identity Management, Information Exchange, and Access Control||25%|
|Advanced Threat Protection and Content Security||20%|
How to migrating from current to new program?
The new CCIE Security certification v6.0 is going to replace the current CCIE Security v5.0 on February 24, 2020. If you already engaged in working towards the current CCIE Security certification, don’t skip it. Instead, keep working towards it. This will allow having credit in the new program. In case you pass the current CCIE Security v5.0 written exam before February 24, then you will be eligible to sit for the new CCIE Security v6.0 lab exam after February 24.
It is important to note that the CCIE Security v5.0 written exam will be replaced with SCOR 350-701 after February 24. Once you pass SCOR 350-701, you will earn the Cisco Certified Specialist – Security Core certification.
On the other hand, if you are able to complete the entire CCIE Security certification before February 24, then you can maintain your CCIE Security certification as per the new re-certification guidelines. And you will also be eligible for receiving the Cisco Certified Specialist – Security core certification.