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Cisco CCNA Security Overview. Updated October 2012. 1. 2. 3. 4. Contents. Overview. Course Design. Instructor Training. For More Information. Overview. CCNA Security Course Goals. CCNA Security helps students:

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cisco ccna security overview

Cisco CCNA Security Overview

Updated October 2012








Course Design

Instructor Training

For More Information

ccna security course goals
CCNA Security Course Goals

CCNA Security helps students:

  • Understand core security concepts and how to develop and implement security policies to mitigate risks
  • Acquire skills needed configure, monitor, and troubleshoot network security
  • Prepare for CCNA Security certification exam
  • Start or advance a career in network security
  • Differentiate themselves in the market with specialized skills and expertise to achieve success
ccna security v1 1 key competencies
CCNA Security v1.1: Key Competencies

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe security threats facing modern network infrastructures
  • Secure network device access
  • Implement AAA on network devices
  • Mitigate threats to networks using ACLs
  • Implement secure network management and reporting
  • Mitigate common Layer 2 attacks
  • Implement the Cisco IOS firewall feature set
  • Implement an adaptive security appliance (ASA)
  • Implement the Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) feature set
  • Implement site-to-site IP Sec VPNs
  • Administer effective security policies
new features in version 1 1
New Features in Version 1.1
  • Aligns with updated CCNA Security certification exam (IINS 640-554)
  • Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) content added in a new chapter (Chapter 10), including four ASA labs
  • Cisco Configuration Professional (CP) replaced Security Device Manager (SDM) throughout the course and labs
  • Expanded content scope, including the following:
    • Mitigating SNMP threats
    • IPv6 ACLs and object groups
    • Cisco IPS Global Correlation and Security Intelligence Operation (SIO)
    • Bridge Protocol Data Unit (BPDU) filtering
    • Cisco protected port feature (PVLAN edge)
    • Cisco SecureX Architecture
    • The Secure Copy (SCP) command
course and certification exam availability
Course and Certification Exam Availability

End-of-Life Milestones for CCNA Security v1.0

Cisco IINS Certification Exam Availability

ccna security course who should enroll
CCNA Security CourseWho Should Enroll?
  • College and university-level students seeking career-oriented, entry-level security specialist skills
  • IT professionals wishing to broaden or add specialized skills to their technology expertise
  • Current CCNA Certification holders who wish to build on their CCNA knowledge base
  • Prerequisites: CCNA-level networking knowledge and skills

Cisco Packet Tracer

Curricula Portfolio

ROUTE: Implementing IP Routing

SWITCH: Implementing IP Switched Networks

TSHOOT: Troubleshooting and Maintaining IP Networks 

Networking for Home and Small Businesses

Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP

Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise

Designing and Supporting Computer Networks

Network Fundamentals

Routing Protocols and Concepts

LAN Switching and Wireless

Accessing the WAN

Network Professional

Network Specialist

Network Associate



Network Technician

CCNA Security

IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software

IT Technician

CCNA Exploration

CCNA Discovery

IT Essentials

Student Networking Knowledge and Skills


Alignment to Industry Certifications

Courses Align with Globally Recognized Certifications







CCNA Security

CCNA Exploration

CCNA Discovery

IT Essentials

Student Networking Knowledge and Skills

ccna security certification meets growing demand
CCNA Security CertificationMeets Growing Demand
  • Verifies an individual’s skills in the following roles:
    • Network Security Specialist
    • Security Administrator
    • Network Security Support Engineer
  • Prerequisite for CCNP Security certification
  • Potential employers can feel confident that candidates have the skills needed to install, troubleshoot, and monitor Cisco security technologies.
  • The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) recognizes that the Cisco CCNA Security courseware meets the CNSS 4011 training standard (learn more).
ccna security v1 1 course design
CCNA Security v1.1 Course Design
  • Same GUI as CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula
  • 10 chapters and chapter exams
  • 10 Cisco Packet Tracer activities
  • 16 hands-on labs
  • One Packet Tracer Practice skills-based assessment
  • One final exam and one skills-based assessment
  • Balance of theory, hands-on practice, and application
  • Available in English only, no translated versions are planned
  • Enabled for both in-person and blended learning environments
ccna security v1 1 equipment requirements
CCNA Security v1.1Equipment Requirements
  • Leverages CCNA Discovery/Exploration equipment bundle and topology and is identical to v1.0 equipment list with the addition of a Cisco ASA (Model 5505)
  • NDG NETLAB+ can be enabled for remote lab equipment operation.
  • The required Advanced IP Services feature set (ISR G1) and the Security (SEC) technology package license are available for academies that are part of Networking Academy Maintenance

Minimum System Requirements

Curriculum requirements:1 Student PC per student1 local curriculum server

Lab bundle requirements :3 Cisco routers, 2 with the SEC technology package3 two-port serial WAN interface cards3 Cisco switches1 Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)Assorted Ethernet and Serial cables and hubs

Detailed equipment information is available in the Instructor Lab Manual and the CCNA Security Equipment List located in the CCNA Security resources folder on Cisco NetSpace and in the Equipment Information area on Academy Connection.

ccna security instructor training
CCNA Security Instructor Training
  • All instructors should have CCNA-level networking knowledge and skills
  • Instructor training is required for new CCNA Security instructors
    • Fast track option available with evidence of CCNA Security or higher certification or industry experience
  • Instructor training is delivered by Instructor Training Centers (ITCs)
  • 40-hour training: in-person, blended, or remote delivery formats
ccna security instructor resource site
CCNA Security Instructor Resource Site
  • The CCNA Security v1.1 Instructor Resource Site provides best practices, tips for classroom management and discussions, and teaching analogies
for more information1
For More Information
  • Latest documents are posted in the CCNA Security resources area, which can be accessed through the Offerings menu on NetSpace, or in the Course Catalog on Academy Connection:
    • CCNA Security Scope and Sequence
    • CCNA Security FAQs
    • CCNA Security Datasheet
    • CCNA Security At-a-Glance
    • CCNA Security Overview Presentation
  • Visit the CCNA Security v1.1 Instructor Resource Site
  • Visit the CCNA Security certification page