Cisco Career Certifications: Security, Voice, and Video & TelePresence Specialist

Cisco Specialist certifications help professionals hone their areas of expertise and technology. Here’s a look at the Security, Voice, and Video & Telepresence specialization certifications.

Security Specialist Certifications

Cisco Firewall Security Specialist

The Cisco Firewall Security Specialist certification recognizes security professionals with the skills to design, implement, and maintain Cisco security appliance solutions, using the Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance and zone-based firewall solutions. The Cisco Firewall Security Specialist certification validates skills and knowledge in implementing perimeter security solutions using Cisco security appliances. These certified specialists are actively involved in developing secure business solutions and designing and delivering multiple levels of secure access to the network.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA Security certification.

Required Cisco Exams:
642-617 FIREWALL v1.0
642-637 SECURE v1.0

Cisco IOS Security Specialist

The Cisco IOS Security Specialist certification recognizes security professionals who can demonstrate the hands-on knowledge and skills that are required to secure networks, using Cisco IOS Security features embedded in the latest Cisco routers and switches as well as the widely deployed Cisco security appliances. Cisco IOS Security Specialists are able to secure the network environment and provide security services that are based on Cisco IOS Software, such as zone-based policy firewall, Cisco IOS IPS, user-based firewall, secure tunnels using IPsec VPN technology—including PKI, VTI and DVTI, Group Encrypted Transport VPN, and DMVPN—and advanced switch security features.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA Security certification.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-637 SECURE v1.0

Cisco VPN Security Specialist

The Cisco VPN Security Specialist certification recognizes security professionals with the skills and knowledge to configure, maintain, troubleshoot, and support various VPN solutions, using Cisco IOS Software and the robust Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance. Cisco VPN solutions are widely deployed in many networks today. Many enterprises and service providers deploy these numerous VPN solutions at any given time for their various customers and organizations—from simple point-to-point tunneling to multilayer dynamic high-availability VPNs.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA Security certification.

Required Cisco Exams:
642-637 SECURE v1.0
642-647 VPN v1.0

Cisco ASA Specialist

The Cisco ASA Specialist certification recognizes security professionals who have attained specialized in-depth expertise and proven knowledge of the recommended best practices in designing, implementing, maintaining, and troubleshooting network security solutions using the Adaptive Security Appliance technologies.

The Cisco ASA specialization is recognized as the benchmark security product certification for engineers, consultants, and architects who configure advanced Cisco ASA firewalls and VPN solutions, including advanced protocol handling, remote-access VPN, secure socket layer (SSL) VPN, site-to-site VPNs, high-availability VPNs, and failover features.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA Security certification.

Required Cisco Exams:
642-647 VPN v1.0
642-617 FIREWALL v1.0

Cisco IPS Specialist

INFOSEC and network professionals who have the skills to properly deploy and configure the Cisco IPS are in high demand. Cisco IPS Specialists are professionals who can deploy, configure, and troubleshoot this appliance to work well in a complete security solution. Cisco IPS Specialists can operate and monitor Cisco IOS Software and IPS technologies to prevent, understand, and respond to intrusion attempts.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA Security certification, or any CCIE certification.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-627 IPS v7.0

Cisco Network Admission Control Specialist

The Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) Specialist certification demonstrates the hands-on skills necessary to install, configure, and operate the Cisco NAC appliance. By applying their knowledge of the Cisco NAC solution, Cisco Network Admission Control Specialists demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to effectively identify, isolate, and clean infected or vulnerable devices that attempt to access the network.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA Security certification, or any CCIE certification.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-591 CANAC

Voice Specialist Certifications

Cisco IP Contact Center Express Specialist

The Cisco IP Contact Center (IPCC) Express Specialist certification validates the comprehensive set of skills and knowledge required to plan, design, implement, and operate Cisco Unified Contact Center Express (formerly Cisco IPCC Express Edition).

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-165 UCCX

Cisco MeetingPlace Design Specialist

The MeetingPlace Design Specialist has the skills and knowledge to design a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution, including the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server, Media servers and Web Conferencing on premise or with WebEx optional solution. The MeetingPlace

Design Specialist will be able to administer and maintain a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace implementation using user interfaces and procedures and to configure specific integrations with other applications.

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-272 DMPS

Cisco MeetingPlace Support Specialist

The MeetingPlace Support Specialist has the skills and knowledge to implement a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution, including the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server, Media servers and Web Conferencing on premise or with WebEx optional solution. The MeetingPlace Support Specialist will be able to administer and maintain a Cisco Unified MeetingPlace implementation using user interfaces and procedures and to configure specific integrations with other applications.

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-274 IMPS

Cisco Unity Design Specialist

Building upon a strong foundational knowledge of Microsoft Exchange 2000 or 2003, the Cisco Unity Design Specialist can install, configure, operate, and maintain a Cisco Unity 4.0 system in both stand-alone voice mail and unified messaging environments and possesses the knowledge and expertise necessary to create a variety of sustainable Cisco Unity design solutions tailored to specific customer requirements.

Prerequisite: Valid CCDA or any CCIE certification.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-072 CUDN

Cisco Unity Support Specialist

Building upon a strong foundational knowledge of Microsoft Exchange 2000 or 2003, the Cisco Unity Support Specialist can install, configure, operate, and maintain a Cisco Unity 4.0 system in both stand-alone voice mail and unified messaging environments.

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-262 IUC

Video & TelePresence Specialist Certifications

Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist

The Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist certification recognizes expertise in planning, design, implementation (PDI), and maintenance of Cisco TelePresence deployments. Designed especially for mid-career voice specialists and networking engineers, Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist certification recognizes your ability to assess network paths for rich media, evaluate call-control design options, and configure interoperability functions.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA certification is required, and a working understanding of CVOICE, QOS, CIPT1, and CIPT2 is highly recommended.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-185 ITSI

Cisco TelePresence Installations Specialist

The Cisco TelePresence Installations Specialist certification designates installation professionals who have mastered the physical deployment and construction of single-screen Cisco TelePresence systems (500, 1000, 1100, and 1300).

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-188 ITI

Cisco Rich Media Communications Specialist

The Cisco Rich Media Communications Specialist certification validates an IT professional’s ability to successfully design, implement, and support integrated voice, video, and web collaboration in a converged network.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA certification, or any CCIE certfication.

Required Cisco Exams: 642-481 CRMC and 642-437 CVOICE

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