Cisco announced this morning that both the CCNA Security and CCNP Security credentials have had their course materials and exams updated, to keep them in synch with the latest and greatest Cisco tools and technologies for security. The new curriculum and questions now include coverage of the Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance (software versions 8.3 and 8.4), increased focus on Cisco AnyConnect 3.0 and other, traditional IPsec VPN clients, more information on the ASA appliance (with 8.3 software) and its revised simplified NAT capabilities, enhanced data to configure access control lists (ACLs), extended EtherChannel items, and greater emphasis on bridge groups support in transparent firewall mode.
The Cisco Learning announcement page provides more information on these new changes, including five-minute-plus videos on CCNA Security and CCNP Security certification requirements and coverage. The 640-553 IINS (Implementing Cisco IOS Security) exam will remain live until September 30, 2012, and the new 640-554 IINS exam is ready for immediate sign-up. The CCNP Security 642-617 FIREWALL and 642-647 VPN exams will be retired on May 28, 2012, and the updated 642-618 and 642-648 exams are available now. See the CCNA and CCNP cert pages for more details.