With the wealth and exchange of information via online mediums, internet security is in high demand and growing every day. Because of the demand and ever-changing needs related to online security, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security personnel are needed more than ever. A person already working in the Information Technologies (IT) field would greatly benefit from the certification, but the certification could also help people that have a background in IT jumpstart a new career.


According to Cisco, once an individual receives their certification they are able to, “develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.” The aforementioned skills grant CCNA Security certification holders the flexibility to advance to a number of careers, including but not limited to: Director, Network Security Architect; Senior Security Engineer; Senior Technical Analyst; and Corporate Systems Administrator.

Prerequisites and Pay

A number of prerequisites must be satisfied before attaining a CCNA Security certification. The two main prerequisites are a CCNA Routing and Switching certification, and any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification. Aside from these prerequisites, Cisco also recommends their Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS) training to better prepare CCNA certification seekers. Once certification is achieved, CCNA holders can make anywhere from C$44,000 to C$100,000. Salaries will vary based on location and position held, but the average income for CCNA Security personnel is C$72,000.

Professional Recognition

A number of jobs will specifically require a CCNA Security certification for the IT security personnel, and this can partially be attributed to the fact that the CCNA Security certification is recognized by a number of governmental agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). These two agencies provide clout to CCNA Security certification holders in the job market, prompting many jobs to also accept the certification.


Like most certifications, the CCNA Security certification has to be kept current and up-to-date to ensure the holders remain ideal employees. The CCNA Security certification lasts for three years, and once expired, individuals must take and pass or fulfil one of the recertification requirements found on the cisco website.


The CCNA Security certification is a professional accreditation that enables holders the ability to advance in their respective career path, improve productivity in their current position, and earn an income worthy of their talents. Though it requires hard work to attain, and hard work to maintain, it is a certification that will pay off for the individuals willing to put forth the proper time and effort.

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