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CCNA Security Crash Course

Preparing for the Cisco 210-260 IINS Certification Exam

Michael Shannon

Ace the CCNA Security exam! This live course will dive into the fundamentals of Cisco network security and help prepare you for the 210-260 IINS exam. Security expert and trainer Michael Shannon will explore key concepts on the CCNA Security certification. He will also provide insight into the existing “threatscape” of present and emerging security challenges that will make each live session both real-world and presently relevant. This training will give you the insight you need to study for and pass the exam!

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Threatscape and Threat Defense Technologies
  • Security Policy and Architecture Basics
  • Cryptographic Technologies
  • AAA and Secure Management
  • Securing the Control Plane
  • Layer 2 Security
  • Firewall Technologies (ASA and IOS)
  • Site-to-Site VPN
  • Client Based and Clientless Remote Access VPNs
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Content Security
  • Advanced Network Security Architectures

This training course is for you because...

  • You are working towards the CCNA Security certification
  • You are a networking or IT Professional moving into security
  • You need to understand fundamental Cisco security solutions


  • Cisco CCENT level knowledge of routing and switching.
  • Passing the CCENT exam is a prerequisite from Cisco for taking the CCNA Security certification exam.

Recommended preparation:

CCNA Security 210-260 (video)

CCNA Security 210-260 Official Cert Guide (book)

About your instructor

  • Michael J Shannon began his IT career when he transitioned from recording studio engineer to network technician for a major telecommunications company in the early 1990’s. He soon began to focus on security and was one of the first 10 people to attain the HIPAA Certified Security Specialist. Throughout his 30 years in IT he has worked as an employee, contractor, and consultant for several companies including Platinum Technologies, Fujitsu, IBM, State Farm, MindSharp, Thomson, Pearson, and Skillsoft among others. Mr. Shannon has authored several books, training manuals, blog articles, and CBT modules over the years as well. He has attained the CISSP, ITIL 4 Managing Professional, CCNP Security, Palo Alto PCNSE7 and OpenFAIR certifications in the security field as well as several cloud-based certifications for AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. His hobbies are playing guitar, songwriting, and golf. He resides with his wife in Abilene Texas.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day One

Segment 1: Threatscape, Threat Defense Technologies, and Security Policies (50 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Segment 2: Security Architecture and Cryptographic Basics (50 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Segment 3: AAA and Secure Device Management (50 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Segment 4: Control Plane and Layer 2 Security (50 minutes)

Day Two

Segment 5: Firewall Technologies (ASA and IOS ZPF) (50 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Segment 6: Site-to-Site IPSec VPN (50 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Segment 7: Client Based and Clientless Remote Access VPNs (50 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Segment 8: IPS, Endpoint Protection, Content Security, and Advanced Architectures (50 minutes)