CCSP Certification and Its Benefits for IT Professionals

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By: myricknadine
on 23rd Jul,2012

CCSP is provided to IT professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and qualifications in securing Cisco networks.
CCSP Certification and Its Benefits for IT Professionals


What is CCSP Certification?

CCSP is an acronym for Cisco Certified Security Professional. CCSP is provided to IT professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and qualifications in securing Cisco networks. CCSP certification course encompasses Cisco Router IOS, Catalyst Switch Security aspects, Adaptive Security Appliance, Virtual Private Network Connectivity, Intrusion Prevention Systems, Network Admission Control, Security Enterprise and Device Management as well as Cisco Security Agent.

Why do you need to be CCSP certified?

CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional) certification ensures that IT professionals have the expertise and experience needed to not only secure and operate network infrastructure. Moreover, CCSP certification equips IT professionals with knowledge on how to mitigate threats, minimize operational costs and guarantee productivity. CCSP certification ensures that IT employees have the capacity to create business solutions, build and deliver several layers of security for existing system architectures. In addition to working in IT departments, CCSP certification also enables you to be assigned to safety division and get jobs as a system consultant.

Benefits of CCSP certification

Job security

The IT sector has become increasingly competitive over the last couple of years because of the attractive remuneration package. Every year, there are thousands of people who graduate from universities with IT and Computer Science Degrees. This in turn means that you can no longer be assured of your position if you have nothing to show that you are committed to learning new things and being abreast with latest and emerging technologies. However, this will not be the case if you have CCSP certification.

On the other hand, if you are applying for an advertised job in a well-established corporate organization you can increase your chances of getting hired by becoming Cisco CCSP certified. CCSP certification means that you already have CCNA certification. Hence, you are more averse to Cisco products more than the candidate who only has Computer Science degree.

Better salaries

How do you ensure that you are paid more in salaries compared to other people who work with you in the IT department? After all, each one of you has the same qualifications. To qualify for better salaries, you need to enhance your education. CCSP certification is one of the cheapest and easiest ways through which you can enhance your education.

Experience and expertise

As pointed out earlier, to do CCSP you need to have done CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). Alternatively, you should have done and passed CCIP (Cisco Certified Internetwork Specialist). As such, you have the experience and expertise to:

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Audit and identify points of vulnerability in a network.

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Create and secure a virtual private network for a corporate organization.

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Identify the best firewall to install.

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Identify the best approaches to utilize in merging various technologies in a bid to build an integrated network system.

While the cost of becoming CCSP certified may seem high to a number of people, the benefits are immense. The thought of securing a better paying job and the knowledge that very few people have the experience and expertise to handle most of your assignments will greatly enhance your self-confidence. 

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