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    Default is CCNA Security in demand? how well do the skills transfer to non-Cisco products?

    I never see CCNA Security posted on any network security job ads. They're always asking for CISSP.

    But CCNA Security are the only network security classes I see offered at the local community college
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    CISSP is a security cert. CCNA Security is actually more of a networking cert. In any case, whether you should go after it or not depends on a number of things. Your first CCNA is worth a good bit in getting past HR filters. Subsequent CCNA's not so much. So if you don't have any CCNA yet, you could do CCENT -> CCNA Security, provided the material interests you more. Most people will probably tell you that CCNA R&S is easier, and also a lot of people feel that it's best to complete CCNA R&S before doing CCNA Security (even though Cisco no longer requires this).

    To more directly answer your question, you probably won't find that CCNA Security helps you get a job any more than CCNA R&S. In most situations, the CCNA letters get you past an HR filter and then just being a competent and enthusiastic person in an interview will help you land the job. Also, it's cheaper to get a CCNA R&S than CCNA Security.

    Some of the skills from CCNA Security will be universal, such as basic firewall concepts, private vlans, DHCP snooping, and basic cryptography in regards to ipsec, ssl/tls, but its focus is on Cisco equipment, so it's hard to fully separate how much the material will help outside of Cisco gear.

    If you've already got your CCNA R&S, then probably the most useful aspect of CCNA Security is renewing your R&S. But you could also accomplish that going straight to the CCNP R&S, which is most likely going to help your career more. The Cisco security track is for a more specialized role in networking, so it's going to have more value to a person who has been in networking for a few years. A company who actually needs someone that knows the material in CCNA Security will probably be looking for someone at the CCNP level or higher.

    So to sum up, IMHO, the best uses of CCNA Security are:

    1) Get the CCNA letters for HR filters if you don't want to go the R&S path
    2) Renew your CCNA R&S
    3) Necessary prerequisite for CCNP Security
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    Well, that basically answers this thread.
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    thanks a lot for the reply, the dude definitely abides!

    I got my CCNA a few weeks ago and I've been trying to figure out what to do next. I have about a 1 year of help desk experience, I guess I need to keep at help desk for a while.

    it also sounds like i should go for CCNP R&S, try and get a networking job, and then think about network security roles then
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    Yo,
    I recently took the CCNA - Security and I found it very difficult. I took the test when it first came out and it SUCKED!!! I used the Omar Santos book and watched the CBT Nuggets videos both didn't help... One of the main issues I think I had was I was reading the forum for the exam. People were failing all over the place. I think the exam is now fixed and it is a solid certification.
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    I see 137 hits nationwide for "CCNA security" on a popular job search website. On that same website, there are 1142 hits for just "CCNA" and 1898 for "CISSP". So there are jobs asking for it, but not that many. With the CCNA cyber ops out, I can see the CCNA security becoming less and less popular. I'm going to skip it.
    2018: CCNA Cyber Ops cohort 7
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    You have to look at it this way.

    CCNA Security is a network engineering certification and most positions ask for a (CCNA) regardless of which one it is. But someone with R&S is not really going to be well educated on ASA's and other network security specific things. And the same would go for something like CCNA Cyber Ops. You ask half the people who have that certification to configure a site to site VPN and most will go "uh....."

    That's why I always advise people to strategically get certifications. Get the eye candy like Security+ so you can make it past HR and then get something that actually shows you can do the job.
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    Most HR departments don't know the difference between "Security" and "R&S" as long as it says "CCNA" - look at it this way, the letters CCNA on your resume will get you past some initial screenings, if you want to do the work involving topics from the Security track you will probably need to substantiate that (spell it out) in other areas of your resume, such as experience or a quick :elevator pitch" overview of your skill set. Hiring managers will probably have a better understanding of the different CCNA tracks than HR will.
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