Steps to a CCSP
Hi all. I recently obtained my CCNA, and I'll be in school here in town to get my CCNP. However, the CCSP is much more interesting to me, but the school doesn't offer this particular track. I suppose I could spend the time getting a CCNP, as I've been told I should, then move along to get the CCSP, but it's not my first choice; I'm in my 40s with a family, going back to school, and desperately in need of the higher income that these certs can get me (compared to my current $11.00/hr job). I've been told that one should get the CCNP anyway and build on it, but is it a requirement if you want to get into security? If I were in my twenties, I'd get all the certs I could, but with my family slowly going into debt each month, I can't afford the luxury of time, I'm afraid. I'll get the CCNP, then the CCSP if I have to, but is there a better way that won't necessarily be a "lesser" path and will get me to my goal in a shorter time?
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