Show 67 – CCIE Security Track Update With Natalie Timms, Program Manager

Natalie Timms, CCIE Security Program/Product Manager for Cisco, is kind enough to spend a little time chatting with Packet Pushers podcast host Ethan Banks about the current state of the Cisco CCIE Security track. Ethan and Natalie build a conversation around the following items:

  • Talk about what Cisco is doing to help preserve the integrity of the CCIE exams.
  • Please describe at a high-level the sorts of technologies covered in the CCIE Security track.
  • The Routing & Switching track is the most popular; some CCIEs consider the Security track for their second challenge. How much technology overlap is there between R&S and Security?
  • The Security track has been at version 3.0 since about April 2009. How far away is a 4.0 track, and how much notice will we have?
  • The Cisco ASA has seen significant changes with the 8.3 and 8.4 releases. How far are we from seeing these new ASA versions implemented in the exams?
  • There’s been a lot of back-and-forth between Cisco and lab exam candidates about open ended questions and the troubleshooting section. Can you update us on where those issues stand?
  • Is Cisco working with CiscoPress to bring an updated CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide to market? If so, is there a targeted publication date?
  • What test taking tips do you recommend?


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Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
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  • MarkH

    can’t just post comment anymore – circuitous path

  • MarkH

    Next cab off the rank – CCIER&S Program Manager, Lora O’Haver ?

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  • Miroslaw Burnejko

    Would be great to see an interview also with Antonella Corno from CCIE Storage path. Probably everyone interested, has asked about CCIE DC path, but Antonella always says: let’s wait for the official information. Maybe you can find an answer in her mind 😉

  • Rajesh Tiwari

    This is very interesting.I like this I will come back and read again and get more information about this.

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