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The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security certification ensures that an IT professional has the knowledge needed to understand security infrastructures and technologies. The CCNP Security Professional will have the ability to secure Network devices such as routers and switches, as well as automate security tools such as firewalls, VPNs, and IDS/IPS to deliver security solutions.

Yes, the CCNP Security certification is an advanced level certification.

The CCNP Security certification will show that you have the skills needed to work with security tools to secure enterprise-scaled networks and Cisco proprietary tech.

Yes, the CCNP Security certification is worth the investment and will allow you to meet the requirements for a higher-level career path. The CCNP certifications will certify your knowledge of security using network devices and Cisco proprietary tech, is customizable, offers a specialist badge, and qualifies you for the CCIE Security Lab exam.

Yes, the CCNP Security certification meets DoD 8579 standards.

You must successfully complete the 2 required exams consisting of the security core exam and one of the security concentration exams.

The CCNP Security certification certifies your use of security tools to implement solutions providing advanced threat protection to critical systems and the CCNP Enterprise certification confirms your ability to work with networking technologies at large enterprises.

No, there are no prerequisites for the CCNP Security certification, but it is recommended to have basic knowledge of networks and ports.


With the CCNP Security certification you can apply for positions such as Network Monitoring Engineer, Senior SOC (Security Operations Center) Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer, Cyber Security Analyst, etc.

According to Zip Recruiter, the average annual pay for CCNP Security certified professionals in the United States is $113,369 a year.

Cisco’s Core exams cover the foundational concepts required for candidates to have a solid understanding of the underlying technology architecture. A core exam is one of the two exams required for the CCNP Security certification.

Cisco’s concentration exams take a focus at relevant technology relating to the Cisco core exam. This allows candidates to choose from a collection of various topics that is either of interest or related to their chosen technology area of focus. The concentrations or topics of interest for the CCNP Security certification are Securing Networks, Cisco Identity Security identity services, Email security, Web security, VPN solutions, and automation. A concentration exam is one of the two exams required for the CCNP Enterprise certification.

To receive your CCNP Security certification you will need to successfully complete the 350-701 SCOR, and ONE of the following concentration exams: SNCF 300-710, SISE 300-715, SESA 300-720, SWSA 300-725, SVPN 300-730, SAUTO 300-735.

The core exam for the CCNP Enterprise certification is called

Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies 350-702 SCOR.

Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower: (SNCF 300-710)

Implementing and Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine: (SISE 300-715)

Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance: (SESA 300-720)

Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance: (SWSA 300-725)

Implementing Secure Solutions with Virtual Private Networks: (SVPN 300-730)

Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions: (SAUTO 300-735)

Yes, the CCNP Security certification requires candidates to pass the core exam and one (1) of the concentration exams.

Yes, you are eligible for the CCIE Security certification exam after successfully completing the CCNP Security core exam.

Core:                350-702 SCOR ($400)

Concentration:   300-710 SNCF ($300)

300-715 SISE ($300)

300-720 SESA ($300)

300-725 SWSA ($300)

300-730 SVPN ($300)

300-735 SAUTO ($300)

The core exam will consist of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

The CCNP Security core exam will have up to 120 questions and the concentration exams will have about 55-65 questions.

The core exam lasts 120 minutes and each of the 6 concentration exams last 90 minutes.

You can register and schedule an appointment to take your certification exams through the Person VUE website.

The minimum passing score for the CCNP Security core exam is 82.5%. the passing scores for the concentration exams are subject to change.

Yes, contact Pearson VUE by email or phone to cancel or reschedule. Pearson VUE requires at least 24 hours advanced notice to reschedule.

Yes, you can take the CCNP Security exam online through Pearson VUE’s OnVUE online proctoring portal.

Cisco is a worldwide leader in IT industry and a leading manufacturer of networking equipment. Cisco’s significant role in network communications has made it possible for its routing and switching devices, operating systems, and routing protocols to become de facto standards in IT.  

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