For a networking career, should I get CCSP or CCNP certifications?

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I have my BE in electronics and communication, and I am also CCNA certified. Currently, I am working in a BPO as tech support for Symantec Antivirus. So I just want to know if this experience will count towards networking domain experience on my resume. I am also deciding whether or not I should get a Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification. Can you please help me decide which course I should go for?
ASKED: October 10, 2008  5:14 PM
UPDATED: October 24, 2008  8:37 PM

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Dear Sir or Madam:

With a BE in electronics/communication and a CCNA, plus work experience as a Symantec contractor, you should be pretty well positioned to work in the networking part of IT, especially on the security side of things. Ordinarily I’d suggest the CCNP over the CCSP to most people looking for general networking jobs, but given your security experience and exposure the CCSP may make more sense. You should also consider the CiSSP (www.isc2.org) as well. Only if you absolutely, positively want to work more on the router/switch/NW infrastructure side of networking things rather than the security side of those same things should you go after the CCNP instead.

HTH, and thanks for posting, Good luck with your career planning. Do feel free to post a follow-up here, or start a new message thread, if you have any further comments, questions, or concerns.

–Ed–

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