Achieving CCIE Security certification proves your skills with complex security solutions. To earn CCIE Security certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core security technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers security technologies and solutions through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.
Exams and recommended training
To earn CCIE Security, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam and hands-on lab exam.
Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam
The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.
The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.
Step 2: Pass the lab exam
Last date to test: April 26, 2020
The Cisco CCIE Security Lab Exam version 5.0 is an 8-hour, hands-on exam that requires a candidate to plan, design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot complex security scenarios for a given specification.
First date to test: April 27, 2020
This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex security solutions and technologies, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Security, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.
CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing security technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.
CCIE Security certification is valid for three years.