I've included a Self-Assessment in this Exam Cram to help you evaluate your readiness to tackle the “Cisco SAFE Implementation Exam” (642-541), one of five exams to earn the Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) certification. It should also help you understand what you need to do to master the topic of this book: how to design a secured network and then implement that design with the appropriate equipment from Cisco. Before you tackle this Self-Assessment, however, I address some concerns you might have when pursuing a CCSP and what an ideal candidate might look like.

CCSPs in the Real World

When talking about an ideal CCSP candidate, I understand that only a few actual candidates meet this ideal. In fact, my description ...

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