The Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Security course provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, con dential, and availability of data and devices.CCNA Security is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. The curriculum helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally worldwide recognized Cisco CCNA Security to have a
    certification which helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace with specialist skills to advance their careers 


    CCNA Security provides an in-depth, theoretical, and hands-on introduction to network security, in a logical sequence driven by technologies. CCNA Security includes the following features:
    • Students develop an in-depth, theoretical understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and configurations available.
    • The courses emphasize the practical application of skills needed to design, implement, and support network security.
    • Hands-on labs help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.
    • Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of networking security concepts and allow students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions.
    • Innovative assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills.
    21st Century Skills

    CCNA Security integrates practical skills into the technical curriculum to create a learning experience for success in future educational, entrepreneurial, and occupational endeavors.
    In addition to learning the fundamentals of designing, building, and operating secure networks, students also develop problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork, negotiation, and entrepreneurship skills which can help them succeed in the 21st-century global workplace.


    Innovative formative and summative assessments are integrated into the CCNA Security curriculum and supported by an advanced online delivery system. Immediate, rich feedback supports instructor and student evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills. Assessments can be as simple as a multiple choice question or as complex as troubleshooting a simulated network.
    Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program developed by Networking Academy that allows students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions. As an integral part of the CCNA Security curriculum, Packet Tracer provides simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities and makes teaching and learning complex security technology concepts easier.
    Packet Tracer supplements physical equipment by allowing  students to create a network with an almost unlimited number of devices; encouraging open practice, discovery, and troubleshooting. The simulation-based learning environment helps students develop 21st century skills such as decision making, creative and critical thinking, and problem solving.
    Course Description
    CCNA Security aims to develop an in-depth understanding of
    network security principles as well as the tools and con gurations available. The course covers the following concepts:
    • Protocol sniffers/analyzers
    • TCP/IP and common desktop utilities
    • Cisco IOS® Software
    • Cisco VPN client
    • Packet Tracer
    • Web-based resources
    Various types of hands-on labs provide practical experience, including procedural and troubleshooting labs, skills integration challenges, and model building. The curriculum also includes Packet Tracer-based skills integration challenges that build throughout the course and lead to an “exam-like” culminating activity in the last chapter.
    1.  Modern Network Security Threats : Explain network threats, mitigation techniques, and the basics of securing a network

    2.  Securing Network Device: Secure administrative access on Cisco routers

    3.  Authentication, Authorization and Accounting: Secure administrative access with AAA

    4.  Implementing Firewall Technologies: Implement firewall technologies to secure the network perimeter

    5.  Implementing Intrusion Prevention: Configure IPS to mitigate attacks on the network

    6.  Securing the Local Area Network: Describe LAN security considerations and implement endpoint and Layer 2 security features

    7. Cryptography: Describe methods for implementing data confidentiality and integrity

    8.  Implementing Virtual Private Networks: Implement secure virtual private networks

    9. Putting It All Together : Given the security needs of an enterprise, create and implement a comprehensive security policy

    Upon completion of the CCNA Security course, students will be able to perform the following tasks:
    • Describe the security threats facing modern network infrastructures
    • Secure network device access
    • Implement AAA on network devices
    • Mitigate threats to networks using ACLs
    • Implement secure network management and reporting •  Mitigate common Layer 2 attacks
    • Implement the Cisco IOS   rewall feature set •  Implement the Cisco IOS IPS feature set
    • Implement site-to-site IPSec VPNs
    • Administer effective security policies

    CCNA Security helps prepare students for the Implementing Cisco IOS® Network Security (IINS) certification exam (640-553) leading to the Cisco CCNA Security certification. With a CCNA Security certification, an individual demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize network threats and vulnerabilities, and mitigate security threats.

    CCNA Security supports students who plan to start a career, build a career, or switch focus in an IT networking career to security technologies. The curriculum emphasizes practical experience to help students develop the skills needed for job roles such as network security specialists, security administrators, and network security support engineers. The CCNA Security curriculum is designed to meet the needs of today’s IT professionals.
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