Security Candidates,

As we speak I’m sitting in the CCIE Security Techtorial led by Yusuf Bhaiji, the CCIE Security Program Manager. The verdict is in… changes are coming for the CCIE Security Lab Exam! I will be making a more detailed post later today about the changes, but in a nutshell the following changes are coming:

  • PIX Firewall – Removed
  • VPN 3000 Concentrator – Removed
  • New Routers – 3800s running 12.4T
  • New Switches – 3560s running 12.2(x)SE
  • New ASA Software – Version 8.x
  • IPS 4215 Replaced With IPS 4240
  • New IPS Software – Version 6.x

MARS and NAC Appliance are still possible but not official yet. Since the announcement is not “official” yet the timeframe for the change is still more than 6 months out.

Keep an eye on the blog as a more detailed breakdown will be coming shortly.

About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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18 Responses to “CCIE Security Changes Coming!”

  1. [...] For those of you pursuing the Security track, the expected changes are being announced.  The other Brian (McGahan) posted the following about the Security changes: [...]

  2. [...] Joe and I didn’t get to go to Networkers this time (I still haven’t been!), but Brian and Brian from Internetwork Expert are there and they are liveblogging various talks at the event.  Most notably for you readers, Brian McGahan reports that changes are coming to the CCIE Security Lab Exam!  Here are a few of the most significant changes from his post: [...]

  3. learner says:

    Does anybody have any idea when the changes for CCIE: Security will be rolled out?


  4. 4th August says:

    my exam is on 4th of August, will i be affected by this change? will they surprise me with new technologies in the exam?

    please let us know ASAP…


  5. nxg says:

    Err, why 3800s? Aren’t 2811s suitable anymore?

  6. Anything that can run 12.4T. We will be using 2600XM’s in our rack topology.

  7. Ulan Mamytov says:

    I took a lab in Sydney and while chatting at lunch proctor did tell me that NAC appliance is coming.

  8. Tim Rowley says:

    Any updates to this? I queried Cisco and was told that no changes are coming.

  9. There hasn’t been an official announcement yet. Once the announcement is posted on http://www.cisco.com/go/ccie there will be a six month waiting period before the changed as actually implemented.

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