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Frequently Asked Questions: CCNA Security
Last updated July 16, 2009
Q. Why did Cisco create the Cisco Networking Academy® CCNA® Security course?
A. As announced in September 2008, we had been researching requirements for security, voice, and wireless
skills for Networking Academy students. Research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Cisco shows
a growing global demand for skills in entry-level networking security positions.
From May through August 2008, we gathered feedback from members of the Networking Academy global
community through interviews, focus groups, and surveys to determine the best way to support our students in
obtaining these skills. The results overwhelmingly indicated that teaching security skills is top priority. As a
result, we developed the Cisco® CCNA Security course, which is an entirely new course that aligns with the
CCNA Security certification.
Q. Are there any prerequisites for students to enroll in CCNA Security?
A. CCNA Security has no Networking Academy course prerequisites.
Students should have the following skills and knowledge:
● Basic PC skills such as typing, mouse, and desktop navigation skills
● Basic Internet navigation skills
● CCNA-level networking concepts and skills
While there are no required course prerequisites, students are encouraged to complete the CCNA Discovery or
CCNA Exploration curricula to acquire the fundamental CCNA-level routing and switching skills needed for
success in this course.
Q. What types of students may be interested in CCNA Security?
A. CCNA Security is designed for Networking Academy students seeking career-oriented, entry-level security
specialist skills. Prospective students include IT professionals who want to enhance their core routing and
switching skills and students enrolled in technology degree programs at institutions of higher education.
CCNA Security provides a next step