CCIE Security Certification

Cybersecurity remains one of the most critical fields in the IT industry, with a growing need for capable, security professionals. Cisco’s CCIE Security Certification provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to successfully implement cybersecurity services within any industry.

What is the CCIE Security Certification?

Cisco’s CCIE Security Certification demonstrates the owner’s ability to navigate complex security solutions and technologies. As software and networking become more interconnected by the day, it’s increasingly important that modern security professionals have a well-rounded understanding of overlapping strategies.

Is the CCIE Security Certification Right for You?

The CCIE Security Certification is one of the industry’s most widely recognized and respected certification programs and is a valuable tool for any IT professional working in any field. Candidates often have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating, and optimizing security technologies. If your current position requires you to manage any of those responsibilities, if you’re considering moving into the cybersecurity field, or if you're ready to advance your career, this certification will help you reach your goals.

What Can the CCIE Security Certification do for Your Career?

The cybersecurity field is currently suffering from a severe lack of qualified candidates to fill numerous and much needed positions. There will be 3.5M cybersecurity job openings by 2021. 6 out of 10 security jobs request a certification as 71% of hiring managers say certifications increase their confidence in an applicant’s abilities.

Job opportunities are already plentiful and will only continue to grow as cybersecurity remains the number one concern of CEOs. Some of the top jobs available in the field, along with their average salaries, include:

  • Chief Information Officer - $240K
  • Computer and Information Scientist - $188K
  • Enterprise Architect - $140K
  • Network Security Engineer - $125K

How Do You Achieve Your CCIE Security Certification?

In order to earn your CCIE Security Certification, you must pass two exams; a qualifying exam and a lab exam. When you’re ready to take the exams, you can register on Cisco’s website. The cost for the core written exam is $450 and the cost of the lab exam is $1,600 per attempt.

CCIE Security Qualifying Exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (350-701 SCOR). This 2 hours qualifying exam focuses on your knowledge of implementing and operating core security technologies. The topics covered include:

  • Security Concepts (25%)
  • Network Security (20%)
  • Securing the Cloud (15%)
  • Content Security (15%)
  • Secure Network Access, Visibility, and Enforcement (15%)
  • Endpoint Protection and Detection (10%)

CCIE Security v6.0 Exam

This 8 hour, hands-on lab exam must be taken within 3 years of passing your core exam. During the exam, candidates must plan, design, deploy, operate, and optimize network security solutions. Candidates are expected to program and automate the network within their exam per the following topics:

  • Identity Management, Information Exchange, and Access Control (25%)
  • Perimeter Security and Intrusion Prevention (20%)
  • Secure Connectivity and Segmentation (20%)
  • Advanced Threat Protection and Content Security (20%)
  • Infrastructure Security (15%)

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How to Prepare for the CCIE Security Certification Exams


The CCIE Security v6.0 Learning Path consolidates all of INE’s relevant courses into one location, providing a step by step process to efficiently study for your exams. The series covers all the basic and advanced v6 blueprint technologies, as well as other necessary topics such as hardware platforms, software features, and more.

As you work through the courses, you never need to worry about what comes next or unintentionally missing an important topic. Everything is organized for you, allowing you the chance to focus on the work. With expert instruction and hands-on exercises, our unique in-depth learning experience prepares you to not only excel with your exams, but also to make the most of your certification and succeed in the real world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, written exams may now be taken remotely. Learn about your current exam options here.

I just passed my CCIE Security and it was an arduous journey. One that certainly tests your will and motivation, but by keeping at it and having the appropriate materials, you can achieve it. For me, Cristian's instruction was incredibly helpful to things I even thought I was 100% confident on.

Ryan, CCIE #56911

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