The much-expected change to CCIE Security track has finally arrived.
From Cisco CCIE Security Track home (http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/ccie/security/index.html) :
The change was first implemented in the CCIE Routing & Switching track effective February 1, 2009.
CCIE Routing & Switching Track:
The immediate candidate reaction after CCIE R&S change notification, as expected, has been to attempt CCIE labs before these changes got effective. Not to miss a similar reaction by CCIE Security Candidates, who registered in flocks, before the new syllabii version 3.0 came into effect in mid-April 2009.
I touched base on these 4 open-ended questions from the R&S guys who recently appeared (& passed) the CCIE Routing & Switching Exam. The questions are from the syllabi, & any candidate who has sincerely prepared for this mammoth exam should be able to answer them.
Well, now that the Security Track has a new version 3.0 syllabii, I strongly believe these 4 questions are definitely going to play a crucial part in filtering out the certified CCIE's. I wonder why Cisco didn't chose to integrate it earlier. A lot many candidates who I know, ofcourse CCIE certified now, would have still trying to get past these 4 open-ended questions, had these changes been implemented earlier. Not to say, these didn't knew the syllabii or didn't prepared well, but this is concerned more with the sound knowledge & experience over the technologies covered in the exam.
CCIE is THE test of a network security professional's knowledge of core concepts, configuration & troubleshooting abilities. And the products, though a handful only - (ASA, IOS firewalls, IPS, NAC) - require a thorough understanding & a good hands-on experience. This move will ensure a candidate has good knowledge of the technologies, domains, products & solutions along with hands-on experience towards certification & those training institutes who've been earning a fuckin', easy $$$ using pattern-based / (somehow) known questions that came in the exam will have to find another way to get their candidates pass this new bar.
Good move, Cisco.
CCIE Security Lab Blueprint v3.0: