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?

Links

Learning at Cisco – CCIE Security Program

CCIE Security Blueprint (written) – Login Required

CCIE Security Blueprint (lab)Login Required

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 2M 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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOPSFNSTLGQKT2MS7NDMDAYMBA MarkH

    can’t just post comment anymore – circuitous path

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOPSFNSTLGQKT2MS7NDMDAYMBA MarkH

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

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  • http://twitter.com/miroslaf 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

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

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