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Security Certifications: Qualifying Yourself for System Defense

  • By Steve Rowe
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Vendor Specific Security Certifications

The preceding security certifications centered on vendor neutrality in that they did not provide security certification credentials on any particular product. SANS GIAC security is primarily based on SANS training, but no products like firewalls or operating systems are involved. The following security certifications are centered on vendor products. In this section we will briefly touch on some of the more popular vendor specific security certifications. This includes Check Point, Cisco, and Microsoft.

Check Point Certified Security Administrator CCSA

Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. is a well-known company that specializes in VPN and Firewall technologies. The CCSA certification offered by Check Point has been garnering some popularity of late. This certification is the baseline certification for Check Point's technologies. The following breaks down the CCSA program in further depth:

  • The CCSA certification validates a candidate's ability to configure and manage fundamental implementations of Check Point's Firewall-1 product.
  • This certification also validates the candidate's ability to define and configure security policies that will guard access to a business's critical information and to monitor network activity for security breaches.
  • To get the CCSA credential candidates must pass Exam 156-210 "VPN-1/Firewall-1 Management I NG".
  • This exam is proctored through VUE testing centers. Visit www.vue.com/checkpoint for registration information.

Check Point has a full certification program that allows the interested candidate to go beyond the CCSA to earn the Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) credential. If you are unsure if this certification will be of value to you, contact technical recruiters, corporations you might be interested in working for, colleagues in the IT security realm, or another trusted advisor to see if achieving the CCSA or higher is worth your time. Check Point products are implemented in many places, so it is certainly worth your time to at least investigate achieving this vendor specific certification. To learn more about the remainder of Check Point's certification program visit www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification.

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This article was originally published on May 9, 2003

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