Made CCSP mark
Just wanted to let everyone know I passed the 5 CCSP exams, and the CCNA (required for CCSP). In all I've been working on this for the last 8 months. For the CCNA I only used the Wendell Odom Cisco Press ICND1 and ICND2 books. For the CCSP exams, I used the official Cisco Networking Academy Books. For the IPS exam and the Pix & ASA exam, I got most of my help from assisting one of our Cisco Security folks with a few implementations while taking notes and matching up what we did with what's in those books. Then practice (lots of hands on with various ASA models and extensive hands on with the Cisco 4255 IPS Sensor appliance). Ironically, the exam I found to be the biggest challenge for me was the SNRS (routing and switching security exam). I guess this is because I don't do routing and switching on a daily or even semi daily basis. Good luck to everyone preparing for these exams. And I can certainly tell you that none of them are what I would call "easy" If I had to pick one that was easiest for me it was the HIPS exam, which is basically Cisco Security Agent (I opted for this over MARS and other choices). DO NOT under estimate these exams, and try to get as much hands on practice time as possible.