Easiest CCSP exam?

fonduefondue Member Posts: 104
I realize this is a personal preference; however, I looking for feedback on which CCSP exam is the easiest. I have limited time due to work and college and would like to bang one exam out to preserve my CCNA.

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  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    Well, I thought it would be SND, very much theory, very little practical stuff (which you can do without having to buy the, new and expensive, equipment). But, since there is no official study material for the SND exam, it's a bit hard to determine the scope of the exam objectives.

    It seems that anyone who has taken the other 4 exams already, find the SND a piece of cake because they already know all or most of it. Like going for CCNA after the 4 CCNP exams.

    There is another important advantage to the SND exam, it is a 'core' exam for the Cisco Qualified Specialist certs. For example, for Cisco VPN specialist you need CCNA+SND+VPN exam. This also goes for the firewall and IPS exam. I.o.w. if you have CCNA, and want to complete the CCSP eventually, you can get three new certifications before completing the CCSP itself.

    icon_arrow.gifwww.techexams.net/ccsp/SND_642-551.shtml

    It also depends on whether you have experience with one or more of Cisco's security products. I.e. if you have a good amount of experience with securing routers and switches, the SNRS exam may be much easier for you.

    Johan
  • usman_ausman_a Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I also agree that the SND is the most hassle free exam to pass. If you have been networking for a while an understand the basic's then its a sure pass.
    Webmaster wrote:
    Well, I thought it would be SND, very much theory, very little practical stuff (which you can do without having to buy the, new and expensive, equipment). But, since there is no official study material for the SND exam, it's a bit hard to determine the scope of the exam objectives.

    It seems that anyone who has taken the other 4 exams already, find the SND a piece of cake because they already know all or most of it. Like going for CCNA after the 4 CCNP exams.

    There is another important advantage to the SND exam, it is a 'core' exam for the Cisco Qualified Specialist certs. For example, for Cisco VPN specialist you need CCNA+SND+VPN exam. This also goes for the firewall and IPS exam. I.o.w. if you have CCNA, and want to complete the CCSP eventually, you can get three new certifications before completing the CCSP itself.

    icon_arrow.gifwww.techexams.net/ccsp/SND_642-551.shtml

    It also depends on whether you have experience with one or more of Cisco's security products. I.e. if you have a good amount of experience with securing routers and switches, the SNRS exam may be much easier for you.

    Johan
  • usman_ausman_a Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I also agree that the SND is the most hassle free exam to pass. If you have been networking for a while an understand the basic's then its a sure pass.
    Webmaster wrote:
    Well, I thought it would be SND, very much theory, very little practical stuff (which you can do without having to buy the, new and expensive, equipment). But, since there is no official study material for the SND exam, it's a bit hard to determine the scope of the exam objectives.

    It seems that anyone who has taken the other 4 exams already, find the SND a piece of cake because they already know all or most of it. Like going for CCNA after the 4 CCNP exams.

    There is another important advantage to the SND exam, it is a 'core' exam for the Cisco Qualified Specialist certs. For example, for Cisco VPN specialist you need CCNA+SND+VPN exam. This also goes for the firewall and IPS exam. I.o.w. if you have CCNA, and want to complete the CCSP eventually, you can get three new certifications before completing the CCSP itself.

    icon_arrow.gifwww.techexams.net/ccsp/SND_642-551.shtml

    It also depends on whether you have experience with one or more of Cisco's security products. I.e. if you have a good amount of experience with securing routers and switches, the SNRS exam may be much easier for you.

    Johan
  • HHHTheGameHHHTheGame Member Posts: 75 ■■□□□□□□□□
    So easy you had to post it twice?

    HAHAHAHAHA.

    Just kidding.


    HHH
  • HHHTheGameHHHTheGame Member Posts: 75 ■■□□□□□□□□
    So far I've thought the 501 and the 511 were pretty easy. The 522 was kinda tough, and I'll be able to tell you about the 532 in a couple of weeks.
  • AhriakinAhriakin SupremeNetworkOverlord Member Posts: 1,800 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I've only sat the SNRS myself and while the exam isn't easy I think it has an advantage in being based on the same hardware for the current CCNA - It reads as an extension to it.
    The SND seems like the Security+ on steroids with a quick touch on each of the CCSP covered edvices for credibility's sake.
    We responded to the Year 2000 issue with "Y2K" solutions...isn't this the kind of thinking that got us into trouble in the first place?
  • netteasernetteaser Member Posts: 198
    I am going to study for this exam first towards my CCSP certificatio, lately at work we have been dealing with alot of Cisco Security and they will pay for me to get CCSP. After getting the CCSP hopefully I will take the new CCNP exams.

    Thanks for the info
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