It is a two hour written exam, with multiple choice questions which are about 90-110 questions which cater to topics like security protocols, operating systems, security technologies, application protocols and Cisco security applications. The exam material is always provided so that no outside reference could disturb the tempo of the candidate. Cisco 350-018 tests the designing skills, planning, implementation, configuring, maintenance, and troubleshooting Cisco network security solutions and items. It also caters to the present skills that today's industry requires and the internetworking information as well.
The exam is a composition of various topics which are network fundamentals, and security-related concepts and practices. Inclusive of all these are Cisco network security products and solutions in areas like intrusion prevention, VPNs, policy management, device hardening and firewalls. The content also adds in IPv4 and IPv6 concepts and practices.
Why is this exam required?
The Cisco exam 320-018 tests the knowledge and skills of the candidates regarding network security and implementation of solutions that they would learn to come up with. It tests how candidates can plan and build their own networking solutions regarding intrusions and how they could be prevented.
In order to pass with exam, you need to pass the CCIE Security exam. At present new CCIE security exams are present with an updated version of v4.0, theses judge the candidates knowledge on security of networks and their implementation.
Although there are no prerequisites for the CCIE certification, and candidates do not need to pass any other exams or tests or require any professional training courses for this exam. But, they are asked to first pass the written qualification exam and then equivalent hands-on lab exam. They are expected to have a very in-depth knowledge of their exams and their topics, so that passing this exam is not a big deal for them. Besides this, they recommend work experience of three to five years before attempting this exam since it becomes easier for them to comprehend the exam later on.
Objectives of this exam:
This exam has a global recognition and many organizations appreciate employees with this certification in their transcript. Cisco certification validates the candidate's skills needed by today's IT professionals to improve their professional career. Cisco offers an extensive range of certifications like Implementing Cisco Security and other networking and developing certifications. You just need to decide which certification is suitable and best for your career. Cisco Security is an international level recognized certification offered by Cisco worldwide. 350-018 is one of the most important certification codes of Cisco Security.
The exam topics which are to be covered by the candidate are following:
1.0 Infrastructure, Connectivity, Communications, and Network Security 11%
Under this exam topic they cover the knowledge regarding Network addressing basics, IP protocols, Tunneling protocols, Security features and its basic functions and characteristics. Moreover, it also covers up information about LAN switching and GRE.
2.0 Security Protocols 15%
This topic covers up all about security protocols, with sub topics like RSA, IPsec, SHA, CEP, SSL and many more.
3.0 Application and Infrastructure Security 10%
This exam topic only holds relevant information regarding the security of infrastructure and its application and implementation.
4.0 Security Policies and Procedures, Best practices and standards 8%
Under this topic the security elements are covered and the information security standards and bodies are taught. Security audit and validation is also covered to enhance the candidates' knowledge on risk assessment.
5.0 Cisco Security Technologies and Solutions 17%
Under this topic lay the fundamentals of security technologies and solutions; it also caters to Router hardening features, Net Flow, Wireless security, Network segregation and switch security features.
6.0 Cisco Security Products, Features, and Management 20%
The candidates learn about adaptive security appliances and firewalls. Cisco intrusion prevention systems are also covered up so that the candidate learns the Cisco protocols and application. Cisco identity services engine and solution engine is also catered in this topic. It also teaches the candidates how to handle the client and cater to his problems. Secure access gateways, virtual security gateway, and security management is covered in this topic which develops security managers, Adaptive security device manager, IPS device manager, IPS manager express and configuration professional.
7.0 Threats, Vulnerability Analysis, and Mitigation
This topic teaches the candidates how to manage mitigate common attacks and recognize them. Software and OS exploits, Packet filtering, Security and attack tools, QoS marking attacks, posture assessment and generic network intrusion prevention concepts are also covered.
This certification is globally recognized by organizations for security networking and management of security. Candidates get good salary packages and job opportunities.