Network Security Engineer cert questions.

I know I want to eventually become a network security engineer but had some questions about cert paths. I know I am a ways away from some of these certs, but I was wanting to make a personal road map for myself. By the end of the year I will have Security + and my CCNA:S, but I was wondering what to pursue next. Should I get ccnp:s after my ccna:s, or should I get ccnp then ccnp:s. Also what other certs would be beneficial to have?

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  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,116Mod Mod
    Do you have a job as a network security engineer yet?
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  • chaser7783chaser7783 Posts: 154Member
    No currently a security analyst.
  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,116Mod Mod
    I would advise against getting the next level of certifications until you are actually in a position to be using that knowledge. "Security analyst" is a vague term. Are you currently configuring/troubleshooting the security on routers, switches, firewalls, and identity management devices?
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  • chaser7783chaser7783 Posts: 154Member
    Some projects i am troubleshooting security on routers, switches, servers, and IPS devices. To get to the next level, I need to get certs higher than ccna.
  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,116Mod Mod
    Will your company not give you the work without the certifications? If not, then they should be able to provide you with a list of what certifications they want you to have
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  • chaser7783chaser7783 Posts: 154Member
    They are giving me the work but I am wanting to move up the company. Within the year they are expanding some roles and having good growth within the IT security department. I'm wanting to expand my knowledge, get certifications and take on new task at work.
  • JayTheCrackerJayTheCracker Posts: 169Member
    perhaps CEH ? Security+ knowledge would compliment the CEH
    or CISA since u work as a security analyst
  • ChooseLifeChooseLife Posts: 941Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    chaser7783 wrote: »
    Some projects i am troubleshooting security on routers, switches, servers, and IPS devices.
    In your position I'd pursue CCNP:S next
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  • docricedocrice Posts: 1,706Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    The vendor-specific stuff like CCNP: Security is fine, but also spread your knowledge base a bit. The WCNA isn't a highly-recognized piece of paper, but the ability to analyze network traffic is absolutely essential. You should also consider the GCIA or GCFW. Back to the vendor-based tracks, I presume the Juniper security certs might be a good option to look at as well. Sourcefire also has a Snort-specific class which might be beneficial if you're not familiar with IDS and the shop you work for can't afford the more expensive commercial solutions.
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  • chaser7783chaser7783 Posts: 154Member
    I had some talks with the Sr Network engineers here at work and they told me to go ccna:s then to ccnp:s skipping ccnp. One said they went the ccnp to ccnp:s route, but looking back they would of just gone ccnp:s. They also encourage of coarse to go for cissp, as well as GCFW/GSEC/GCIA sans certs.

    I was looking at doing the WCNA cert because I use wireshark and TCPdump at work, and it would help fill any gaps I have. I need to look into the snort cert, I have been using snort in my pfsense box for some time and knowing more about it will never hurt.

    Thank for the input, it has given me some items to think about and plan out my path.
  • jimmyhelujimmyhelu Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    i had a virus like that. Go to C:\Program files. See if theres anything in there named Thunmail? =P That Virus is a *****. haha it Spreads thru network, AND it Will jump onto any Flashdrives / External Drives that you plug into the computer. its a Fairly common virus that 90% of the anti Virus software out there won't Detect. the 2 that will are i believe McAfee and Kaspersky. i use Kaspersky and it works great =)
  • KeenerKeener Posts: 146Member
    jimmyhelu wrote: »
    i had a virus like that. Go to C:\Program files. See if theres anything in there named Thunmail? =P That Virus is a *****. haha it Spreads thru network, AND it Will jump onto any Flashdrives / External Drives that you plug into the computer. its a Fairly common virus that 90% of the anti Virus software out there won't Detect. the 2 that will are i believe McAfee and Kaspersky. i use Kaspersky and it works great =)

    Huh? Did I miss something?
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  • webgeekwebgeek Posts: 495Member
    Keener wrote: »
    Huh? Did I miss something?

    I was just thinking the same thing..........icon_scratch.gif
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  • IvanjamIvanjam Posts: 978Member
    LOL - jimmyhelu managed to stump all the security experts here. icon_lol.gif
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  • docricedocrice Posts: 1,706Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Sounds like he was trying to reply to two different threads and got them mixed up:

    http://www.techexams.net/forums/off-topic/80913-fake-microsoft-calls-again.html#post670428
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