We've included a self-assessment in this Exam Cram to help you evaluate your readiness to tackle the Cisco SECUR certification exam. It should also help you understand what subjects of this book you need to master—namely, Exam 642-501, “Securing Cisco IOS Networks.” Before you tackle this self-assessment, however, we talk about the concerns you might face when pursuing a Cisco certification and what an ideal candidate might look like.

Cisco Security Professionals in the Real World

In the next section, we describe an ideal Cisco Security Professional candidate, knowing full well that only a few actual candidates meet this ideal. In fact, our description of that ideal candidate might seem downright scary. But take heart; although ...

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