I know most of you will not believe it but, yes, it is official confirmation time again from Cisco, and this time a major revision is announced for its entry-level certification program, CCNA Security; the last date to take the current CCNA Security exam, IINS v2.0 (640-554), will be November 30, 2015. The all new CCNA Security program (IINS v3.0) is designed for helping network engineers to develop the advanced skill-sets needed to perform entry-level administration and support of Cisco security solutions, whereas current IINS v2.0 mostly deals with Cisco IOS security.

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Today, the Internet of Things is spreading everywhere in the world and touching the limits of e-business globally and it continues to accelerate, especially in operational and information technology fields. Per recent studies, we will have more than 50 billion things connected to the Internet in the next five years, so network security will be a main concern and the requirement for network security professionals with advanced technical standards will also be an issue. I would like to thank Cisco for taking a big initiative towards the revision of the entry-level program in network security. And it’s time to unveil all you want to know about the new CCNA Security program, especially “What’s new to learn with CCNA Security v3.0?” OK, let’s have look:

The new curriculum involves advanced network security technologies such as Cisco Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS), and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) to deal with today’s dynamic networks challenges. Let’s check out the basic functionalities of these newly-added technologies.

Cisco Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS) offers a new standard to protect present network resources against the latest threats by integrating real-time contextual awareness, intelligent security automation. Cisco FirePOWER 7000 and 8000 series are the most advanced NGIPS devices and have the ability to track attacks through your network.

Cisco BYOD is a solution-based technology that helps to design, manage, and control the access of your network from planning to day-to-day operations. Cisco BYOD increases the efficiency and flexibility of access points, network management, and mobile collaboration applications in an evolving network.

Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS) enables user protection in roaming; it provides the control over the distributed enterprises to secure users everywhere, every time using Cisco worldwide threat intelligence.

Cisco ISE is used to provide secure end user access over a wired, wireless, or VPN connection to the company’s routers and switches using role-based access control policies. Cisco ISE reduces the numbers of potential threats on your network from unknown threads.

The latest technologies provide a more functional approach to administrate and support for handling network security threads and also covers the security assessments on routing and switching. This revised version offers the intensive hands-on approach with latest security products (both software and hardware).

Prerequisites for CCNA Security v3.0 Certification

A Valid CCENT / CCNA (R&S) or Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite for this Certification.

Required Exam to Obtain CCNA Security v3.0 Certification

After successfully completing the CCNA Security curriculum, a candidates must pass Implementing Cisco Network Security v3.0 exam (exam code 210-260) to obtain the all-new CCNA Security Certification.


Every network engineer knows that Cisco certified professionals are in huge demand from being Cisco trained. To achieve Cisco certifications, a candidate has to develop a deep understanding of the required networking technologies with the good hands-on practice with devices, software programs and sophisticated labs. As a network professional, I can say CCNA Security v3.0 is more closely aligned with present network security technology and advancement standards. Cisco keeps revising its certification’s curriculum to introduce the latest technologies to learn and develop performance-based skills for better networks implementation & administration.

Let’s find out some of frequently asked question regarding the new CCNA Security v3.0.

CCNA Security v3.0 FAQs

Q: What are the major changes in new CCNA Security v3.0?

A: Apart from the course name change from “Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security” to “Implementing Cisco Network Security,” the newly-introduced CCNA Security v3.0 covers a variety of advanced security technologies, such as Cisco Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS), Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), etc., while ACLs are downplayed in this revision (as ACLs is covered in prerequisite exams).

Q: Who should get CCNA Security (IINS v3.0) certification?

A: CCNA Security (IINS v3.0) is an entry-level program to learn basic understanding of network security implementation, administration, and operations. For someone who want to start his/her career as a network security professional, CCNA Security v3.0 would be the best step (CCENT / CCNA R&S certification is a must for the enrollment of CCNA Security). This updated curriculum is designed by Cisco experts to provide intensive hands-on practical labs and real world deployments experience on current security technologies.

Q: What is the prerequisite to achieve CCNA Security v3.0 certification?

A: A candidate with valid CCENT / CCNA (R&S) or any CCIE certification is eligible to take the CCNA Security v3.0 exam (exam code 210-260)

Q: Which exam is required to obtain CCNA Security v3.0 and what is the exam code for new CCNA Security?

A: A candidate will have to pass the IINS (Implementing Cisco Network Security) v3.0 exam; the earlier version exam code 640-554 is replaced by 210-260, so you will have to select exam code 210-260 at the time of exam registration to take the new CCNA Security exam.

Q: Is there any benefit of achieving CCNA Security v3.0 certification over the v2.0 exam?

A: Achieving CCNA Security v3.0 certification ensures a candidate’s knowledge is more aligned with today’s common network security technologies and provides good exposure on advanced network security technologies, such as NGIPS, BYOD, CWS, Cisco ISE etc.

Q: What is the last date to take the CCNA Security v2.0 exam (640-554)?

A: November 30, 2015 will be the last day to take the CCNA Security v2.0 (exam code- 640-554).

Q: Which exam should I go with? IINS v2.0 or IINS v3.0?

A: Even if you are fully prepared with exam code 640-554, I would still recommend you to go with IINS v3.0. Yes, it would take at least one more month to cover newly added technologies but, after passing the IINS v3.0 exam, you will be more productive and confident than after passing the v2.0 exam.

Q: What is the certification validity of CCNA Security v3.0 (210-260)?

A: Thanks to Cisco again, this certification will follow the same 3 years’ validity criteria.

Q: My CCNA Security certification (IINS v2.0 exam code 640-554) is expiring soon. What should I do? Can I recertify with new exam (210-260)?

A: Yes, you can recertify with the new exam (210-260) to manage certification validity. If you want to take the current CCNA Security exam (640-554), then you will have to pass the exam on or before November 30, 2015, but I would suggest that you prepare the new exam syllabus. You can also refer Cisco’s recertification policies for further clarification, because Cisco changes its policies time to time.

Q: I want to start this certification as soon as possible; suggest a good approach?

A: If you want to start the CCNA Security (210-260) certification program, first you will have to choose an authorized learning academy for Cisco certifications. After completing your training, you will have to pass the 210-260 exam to obtain a valid CCNA Security certification then further you can go with CCNP Security program as per your convenient.

Q: Which book should I read to pass new CCNA security program?

A: Cisco has just announced the curriculum update, so it is a bit early at this time to suggest study guides. Soon, though, you will get some of the best study resources from Cisco Press. (This article will be updated when the new study guides are announced and evaluated.)

Conclusion: The revised CCNA Security (IINS v3.0) curriculum will bring data, device, and administration to make network security more relevant and valuable than ever to meet the current business demand so that network security professionals will acquire new knowledge, training and essential skills to be successful in evolving job roles.

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