CCIE Security Training & Certification Course


The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) program recognizes security experts who have the knowledge and skills to architect, engineer, implement, troubleshoot, and support the full suite of Cisco security technologies and solutions using the latest industry best practices to secure systems and environments against modern security risks, threats, vulnerabilities, and requirements.

Step One: CCIE Security Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering network security concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Security Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. Candidates who do not pass must reattempt the lab exam within 12 months of their last scored attempt in order for their written exam to remain valid. If you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Prior professional certifications or training courses are not required. As a CCIE Security candidate, you must first pass the written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.

Full Description

 Course Outline


  •  Describing Information Security Concepts*
  1.  Information Security Overview
  2.  Assets, Vulnerabilities, and Countermeasures
  3.  Managing Risk
  4.  Vulnerability Assessment
  5.  Understanding the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)
  •  Describing Common TCP/IP Attacks*
  1.  Legacy TCP/IP Vulnerabilities
  2.  IP Vulnerabilities
  3.  Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Vulnerabilities
  4.  TCP Vulnerabilities
  5.  User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Vulnerabilities
  6.  Attack Surface and Attack Vectors
  7.  Reconnaissance Attacks
  8.  Access Attacks
  9.  Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
  10.  Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service Attacks
  11.  Reflection and Amplification Attacks
  12.  Spoofing Attacks
  13.  Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Attacks
  •  Describing Common Network Application Attacks*
  1.  Password Attacks
  2.  Domain Name System (DNS)-Based Attacks
  3.  DNS Tunneling
  4.  Web-Based Attacks
  5.  HTTP 302 Cushioning
  6.  Command Injections
  7.  SQL Injections
  8.  Cross-Site Scripting and Request Forgery
  9.  Email-Based Attacks
  •  Describing Common Endpoint Attacks*
  1.  Buffer Overflow o Malware
  2.  Reconnaissance Attack
  3.  Gaining Access and Control
  4.  Gaining Access via Social Engineering
  5.  Gaining Access via Web-Based Attacks
  6.  Exploit Kits and Rootkits
  7.  Privilege Escalation
  8.  Post-Exploitation Phase
  9.  Angler Exploit Kit
  •  Describing Network Security Technologies
  1.  Defense-in-Depth Strategy
  2.  Defending Across the Attack Continuum
  3.  Network Segmentation and Virtualization Overview
  4.  Stateful Firewall Overview
  5.  Security Intelligence Overview
  6.  Threat Information Standardization
  7.  Network-Based Malware Protection Overview
  8.  Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) Overview
  9.  Next Generation Firewall Overview
  10.  Email Content Security Overview
  11.  Web Content Security Overview
  12.  Threat Analytic Systems Overview
  13.  DNS Security Overview
  14.  Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting Overview
  15.  Identity and Access Management Overview
  16.  Virtual Private Network Technology Overview
  17.  Network Security Device Form Factors Overview
  •  Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall
  1.  Cisco ASA Deployment Types
  2.  Cisco ASA Interface Security Levels
  3.  Cisco ASA Objects and Object Groups
  4.  Network Address Translation
  5.  Cisco ASA Interface Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  6.  Cisco ASA Global ACLs
  7.  Cisco ASA Advanced Access Policies
  8.  Cisco ASA High Availability Overview
  •  Deploying Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall
  1.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Deployments
  2.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Packet Processing and Policies
  3.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Objects
  4.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Network Address Translation (NAT)
  5.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Prefilter Policies
  6.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Access Control Policies
  7.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Security Intelligence
  8.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Discovery Policies
  9.  Cisco Firepower NGFW IPS Policies
  10.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Malware and File Policies
  •  Deploying Email Content Security
  1.  Cisco Email Content Security Overview
  2.  Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) Overview
  3.  Email Pipeline Overview
  4.  Public and Private Listeners
  5.  Host Access Table Overview
  6.  Recipient Access Table Overview
  7.  Mail Policies Overview
  8.  Protection Against Spam and Graymail
  9.  Anti-virus and Anti-malware Protection
  10.  Outbreak Filters
  11.  Content Filters
  12.  Data Loss Prevention
  13.  Email Encryption
  •  Deploying Web Content Security
  1.  Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) Overview
  2.  Deployment Options
  3.  Network Users Authentication
  4.  Secure HTTP (HTTPS) Traffic Decryption
  5.  Access Policies and Identification Profiles
  6.  Acceptable Use Controls Settings
  7.  Anti-Malware Protection
  •  Deploying Cisco Umbrella*
  1.  Cisco Umbrella Architecture
  2.  Deploying Cisco Umbrella
  3.  Cisco Umbrella Roaming Client
  4.  Managing Cisco Umbrella
  5.  Cisco Umbrella Investigate Overview and Concepts
  •  Explaining VPN Technologies and Cryptography
  1.  VPN Definition o VPN Types
  2.  Secure Communication and Cryptographic Services
  3.  Keys in Cryptography
  4.  Public Key Infrastructure
  •  Introducing Cisco Secure Site-to-Site VPN Solutions
  1.  Site-to-Site VPN Topologies
  2.  IPsec VPN Overview
  3.  IPsec Static Crypto Maps
  4.  IPsec Static Virtual Tunnel Interface
  5.  Dynamic Multipoint VPN
  6.  Cisco IOS FlexVPN
  •  Deploying Cisco IOS VTI-Based Point-to-Point IPsec VPNs
  1.  Cisco IOS VTIs
  2.  Static VTI Point-to-Point IPsec Internet Key Exchange (IKE) v2 VPN Configuration
  •  Deploying Point-to-Point IPsec VPNs on the Cisco ASA and Cisco Firepower NGFW
  1.  Point-to-Point VPNs on the Cisco ASA and Cisco Firepower NGFW
  2.  Cisco ASA Point-to-Point VPN Configuration
  3.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Point-to-Point VPN Configuration
  •  Introducing Cisco Secure Remote Access VPN Solutions
  1.  Remote Access VPN Components
  2.  Remote Access VPN Technologies
  3.  Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Overview
  •  Deploying Remote Access SSL VPNs on the Cisco ASA and Cisco Firepower NGFW
  1.  Remote Access Configuration Concepts
  2.  Connection Profiles o Group Policies
  3.  Cisco ASA Remote Access VPN Configuration
  4.  Cisco Firepower NGFW Remote Access VPN Configuration
  •  Explaining Cisco Secure Network Access Solutions
  1.  Cisco Secure Network Access
  2.  Cisco Secure Network Access Components
  3.  AAA Role in Cisco Secure Network Access Solution
  4.  Cisco Identity Services Engine
  5.  Cisco TrustSec
  •  Describing 802.1X Authentication
  1.  802.1X and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
  2.  EAP Methods
  3.  Role of Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service (RADIUS) in 802.1X Communications
  4.  RADIUS Change of Authorization
  •  Configuring 802.1X Authentication
  1.  Cisco Catalyst® Switch 802.1X Configuration
  2.  Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) 802.1X Configuration
  3.  Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 802.1X Configuration
  4.  Supplicant 802.1x Configuration
  5.  Cisco Central Web Authentication
  •  Describing Endpoint Security Technologies*
  1.  Host-Based Personal Firewall
  2.  Host-Based Anti-Virus
  3.  Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System
  4.  Application Whitelists and Blacklists
  5.  Host-Based Malware Protection
  6.  Sandboxing Overview
  7.  File Integrity Checking
  •  Deploying Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Endpoints*
  1.  Cisco AMP for Endpoints Architecture
  2.  Cisco AMP for Endpoints Engines
  3.  Retrospective Security with Cisco AMP
  4.  Cisco AMP Device and File Trajectory
  5.  Managing Cisco AMP for Endpoints
  •  Introducing Network Infrastructure Protection*
  1.  Identifying Network Device Planes
  2.  Control Plane Security Controls
  3.  Management Plane Security Controls
  4.  Network Telemetry
  5.  Layer 2 Data Plane Security Controls
  6.  Layer 3 Data Plane Security Controls
  •  Deploying Control Plane Security Controls*
  1.  Infrastructure ACLs
  2.  Control Plane Policing
  3.  Control Plane Protection
  4.  Routing Protocol Security
  •  Deploying Layer 2 Data Plane Security Controls*
  1.  Overview of Layer 2 Data Plane Security Controls
  2.  Virtual LAN (VLAN)-Based Attacks Mitigation
  3.  Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) Attacks Mitigation
  4.  Port Security o Private VLANs
  5.  Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Snooping
  6.  Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection
  7.  Storm Control
  8.  MACsec Encryption
  •  Deploying Layer 3 Data Plane Security Controls*
  1.   Infrastructure Antispoofing ACLs
  2.  Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding
  3.  IP Source Guard
  •  Deploying Management Plane Security Controls*
  1.  Cisco Secure Management Access
  2.  Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3
  3.  Secure Access to Cisco Devices
  4.  AAA for Management Access
  •  Deploying Traffic Telemetry Methods*
  1.  Network Time Protocol
  2.  Device and Network Events Logging and Export
  3.  Network Traffic Monitoring Using NetFlow
  •  Deploying Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise*
  1.  Cisco Stealthwatch Offerings Overview
  2.  Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise Required Components
  3.  Flow Stitching and Deduplication
  4.  Stealthwatch Enterprise Optional Components
  5.  Stealthwatch Enterprise and ISE Integration
  6.  Cisco Stealthwatch with Cognitive Analytics
  7.  Cisco Encrypted Traffic Analytics
  8.  Host Groups
  9.  Security Events and Alarms
  10.  Host, Role, and Default Policies
  •  Describing Cloud and Common Cloud Attacks*
  1.  Evolution of Cloud Computing
  2.  Cloud Service Models
  3.  Security Responsibilities in Cloud
  4.  Cloud Deployment Models
  5.  Common Security Threats in Cloud
  6.  Patch Management in the Cloud
  7.  Security Assessment in the Cloud
  •  Securing the Cloud*
  1.  Cisco Threat-Centric Approach to Network Security
  2.  Cloud Physical Environment Security
  3.  Application and Workload Security
  4.  Cloud Management and API Security
  5.  Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Virtual Network Functions (VNF)
  6.  Cisco NFV Examples
  7.  Reporting and Threat Visibility in Cloud
  8.  Cloud Access Security Broker
  9.  Cisco CloudLock®
  10.  OAuth and OAuth Attacks
  •  Deploying Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud*
  1.  Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud for Public Cloud Monitoring
  2.  Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud for Private Network Monitoring
  3.  Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud Operations
  •  Describing Software-Defined Networking (SDN*)
  1.  Software-Defined Networking Concepts
  2.  Network Programmability and Automation
  3.  Cisco Platforms and APIs
  4.  Basic Python Scripts for Automation

* This section is self-study material that can be done at your own pace if you are taking the instructor-led version of this course.


Lab outline


  •  Configure Network Settings and NAT on Cisco ASA
  •  Configure Cisco ASA Access Control Policies
  •  Configure Cisco Firepower NGFW NAT
  •  Configure Cisco Firepower NGFW Access Control Policy
  •  Configure Cisco Firepower NGFW Discovery and IPS Policy
  •  Configure Cisco NGFW Malware and File Policy
  •  Configure Listener, Host Access Table (HAT), and Recipient Access Table (RAT) on Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA)
  •  Configure Mail Policies
  •  Configure Proxy Services, Authentication, and HTTPS Decryption
  •  Enforce Acceptable Use Control and Malware Protection
  •  Examine the Umbrella Dashboard
  •  Examine Cisco Umbrella Investigate
  •  Explore DNS Ransomware Protection by Cisco Umbrella
  •  Configure Static VTI Point-to-Point IPsec IKEv2 Tunnel
  •  Configure Point-to-Point VPN between the Cisco ASA and Cisco Firepower NGFW
  •  Configure Remote Access VPN on the Cisco Firepower NGFW
  •  Explore Cisco AMP for Endpoints
  •  Perform Endpoint Analysis Using AMP for Endpoints Console
  •  Explore File Ransomware Protection by Cisco AMP for Endpoints Console
  •  Explore Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise v6.9.3
  •  Explore Cognitive Threat Analytics (CTA) in Stealthwatch Enterprise v7.0
  •  Explore the Cisco Cloudlock Dashboard and User Security
  •  Explore Cisco Cloudlock Application and Data Security
  •  Explore Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud
  •  Explore Stealthwatch Cloud Alert Settings, Watchlists, and Sensors

Fees & Schedule

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