Hi - CCNA: Security here I go

iamme4evaiamme4eva Posts: 272Member
Hey,

Just thought I'd introduce myself to a new section of the forum.

I passed my CCNP: R&S last week, and found myself spending a weekend with nothing to read, which felt weird when the Mrs was busy and I had ten minutes here and there to spare!

I also got asked about IDS today ("You're a CCNP, you must know about all that stuff"), and looked blankly on. I was wondering which certification I wanted to do next, but that has made up my mind.

Book-wise, I'm not sure whether to buy the OCG or the FLG, any suggestions? I've looked through here and some other reviews but they all seem a little inconclusive. I'm probably swaying towards the OCG at the moment.

Anyway, no doubt I'll be the one asking the daft questions over the next few weeks / months, so hopefully see you around!

Nick.
Current objective: CCNA Security
My blog: mybraindump.co.uk

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  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Posts: 1,210Member
    I'd go with the ocg. Good stuff. Also, you are going to see some overlap between CCNA:S and CCNP R&S so it won't be too hard to achieve.
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  • IvanjamIvanjam Posts: 978Member
    I started to study for the CCNA:Sec then realized that a lot of the topics were covered in the CCNP material so I decided to pursue the CCNP instead. Afterwards I will return to CCNP:Sec.
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  • iamme4evaiamme4eva Posts: 272Member
    My plan is to do CCNP: Sec. But the CCNA: Sec is a pre-req, so I need to do that first. I did the CCNP first, so a lot of the stuff I already know.

    Now if only I could find my motivation...I've done next to nothing this week.
    Current objective: CCNA Security
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  • IvanjamIvanjam Posts: 978Member
    @iamme4eva - in the interim you could install CCP, connect to a 7200 router in GNS3 using an MS loopback adapter and play around with the interface - it's a big part of the exam.
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  • iamme4evaiamme4eva Posts: 272Member
    Sounds like a plan, I'll do that.

    For anyone that's interested, TrainSignal have a good walkthrough on installing CCP - How to install Cisco Configuration Professional. Well, it looks like a good walkthrough - I haven't tried it yet!
    Current objective: CCNA Security
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  • Arod95Arod95 Posts: 216Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    @iamme4eva just wondering since I'm going to start studying for this in December what do you mean by ocg and flg?
  • iamme4evaiamme4eva Posts: 272Member
    OCG - Official Certification Guide
    FLG - Foundation Learning Guide.

    They are both official Cisco books, but written by different authors in different styles.

    I went for the OCG in the end, it turned up two days ago.
    Current objective: CCNA Security
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  • Arod95Arod95 Posts: 216Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Alright thats what I figured. I got the OCG book library for the ccna. Can`t what to start reading it. Have you ever used an OCG book before if so how good was it?
  • RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Posts: 1,104Member
    The Security OCG isn't bad at all, sorry I can't say the same for the CCNP Route OCG, to date that is the worst pile of crap and fluff I have ever read. It made me want to gargle Drano.
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  • iamme4evaiamme4eva Posts: 272Member
    I used the OCG's for CCNA and also for CCNP.

    I found them all to be good, except the SWITCH book, which had a lot of information missing. I used CCNP SWITCH Simplified as a supplement. I found the route OCG to be ok, but I don't rely on only books. I use the books as a pointer for what to google - I spend a lot of time reading various articles on the internet, both official and blog-type, to reinforce what I'm learning.
    Current objective: CCNA Security
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  • Arod95Arod95 Posts: 216Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Ok just wanted to know if they were good, because I'm using those books to start me off, and i'll probably finish by mid august. Then when I get back to my school they'll have me setup for the Cisco academy classes I get them for free. So I'll use it as a refresher, and to get the discount off the test.
  • YFZbluYFZblu Posts: 1,462Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Don't you love that? "You're a CCNP, you must know [insert any device with a NIC here]" - additionally the art of intrusion detection cannot be completely covered by any one Cisco certification IMO. From what I remember of CCNA: Sec they introduce you to the GUI and explain a few of the detection engines at a high level; mentioning multiple times the real nitty-gritty of how Cisco IDS functions won't be covered until CCNP: Sec: IPS. Not to say it isn't a good start, CCNA: Sec was a fun track.

    I used OCG by Keith Barker in combination with the CBT Nuggets videos - also by Keith Barker. It's a good match and is everything one needs to complete the certification.
  • iamme4evaiamme4eva Posts: 272Member
    Yeah, I seem to be the buzz word at work at the moment. Anything that has an IP address is my bag - "You're a CCNP!".

    I think CCNA: Sec will be a good intro for me. Then I'll probably do the NP:Sec.
    Current objective: CCNA Security
    My blog: mybraindump.co.uk
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