What happens after CCNA?

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Hi, I am planning to take CCNA certification and I am interested in securty side. So, After CCNA, what id the Cisco course I need to prefer. I have heard CCNP has a diversed group with Security as one of the domains. So if its CCNP Security, what would be after it? Is there anything like CCIE Security or any courses as such? I am new into this networking side. Please forgive if I am asking something dump.

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U did not mention here what background u have ! Have u any experience in job market. If yes, what kind of job u have done / currently doing…. Why r u planning to do so.
However, for ur information, There r 5 types of certification in CCNA course curriculum like as Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect. The lowest level of certification is CCENT which covers basic networking modules. After that, u may join for CCNA, under this mainly u get the idea and hands on experience on Routing & Switches. Though there r also voice;security etc.etc. Next level is CCNP (which u mentioned). It mainly focuses on QoS / broadband / VPN or some security-oriented features.
Cisco Certified Design Professional CCDP is a advanced level of networking programme, which gives u high technology on the same. And Cisco Certified Network Professional-Security, the name refers as Security in Routers, Switches, Networking devices / appliances, as well as deploying, supporting and troubleshooting Firewalls, VPN etc.etc….

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  • Kochuvila
    Sorry Richel, I am a B.E graduate disciplined in Computer Science and Engineering. I was in the Business Processing Outsourcing industry before for 2.5 years and thought it would be nice to be back to the core technical field. Software development being least of my interests ( given the long pperiod I had to stay out of the industry), I thought Hardware and Networking would suit me fine as I was always keen in using both my hands and brain rather than just brain.Also the market for Hardware and Networking is rapidly growing everywhere in the world especially in the Middle East. There is a huge potential for such a certificate in this part of the world, By the way I am in Sultanate of Oman now. I am planning to do my CCNA security+ RHSCA+ MCITP this year and the advanced levels in the corresponding years. That was something about me. Hope you can give me an advise which would help me in boosting up my career credentials.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Oh ! No, there is no matter for sorry. I asked for providing a better opinion. And remember, this is not my advice, better say opinion. Before take any course, best to ask with ur close circles or even consult with a good consultancy firm. And read more and more magazines / books for the same. RHCSA (not RHSCA) is a core system administration certification offered by Red Hat. The next step is RHCE. (Though it is optional) MCITP / Microsoft Certified IT Professional is MS’s new generation of professional certifications based on Windows Server 2008. It helps to backing up the knowledge & skills in working with IT infrastructures, including planning, deployment, maintenance and optimization of the system and many more. And CCNA Security, I wrote earlier. But why r u going for the three!. It is my opinion that, if u go for separate certs, then just do CCNA. It is best amongst them and stable also. That does not mean, other does not have the same, but just for a comparison. If u got any offer to do the certs as combine with low cost then it is another issue.
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    Sorry, I missed! Hope for the best and Good Luck !
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