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CCNA Security Certification

CCNA Security Certification and Its Importance

IT companies always need people who have specialized skills and knowledge in administering applications and devices in a security infrastructure. Those companies also need professionals who have the ability to identify security threats and distinguish network vulnerabilities. If you are an IT professional who wants to specialize in managing security systems or an experienced networking professional who wants to enhance your career with new security skills and knowledge, then the CCNA Security Certification might be the right path for your career. If you want to land a high-demand job, learning network security skills would be a good idea.

With the Cisco Certified Network Associate Security Certification, you will be ready for various specialized positions including Security Support Engineer, Network Security Specialist, and Security Administrator. Individuals who undergo the CCNA Security training learn about the different security problems and solutions. The CCNA Security curriculum also focuses on the installation, monitoring, and troubleshooting of different network devices in order to maintain availability, confidentiality, and integrity of both data and devices, as well as the competency of the Cisco technologies.

The CCNA Security Certification could also lead to a higher-level certification. It is the prerequisite for the Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) Certification. The CCSP Certification focuses on network identity management, authorization, authentication, anti-malware programs, firewalls, and security policy management. The CCSP Certification will also prepare you for achieving the highest Cisco security certification – the CCIE Security Certification. Unlike the CCSP, the CCIE does not have any prerequisites.

CCNA Security Certification Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the CCNA Security Certification, you need to have any valid Cisco CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or CCIE certification. You will also be required to take the 210-260 IINS examination.

According to Cisco, individuals who are interested to get a CCNA Security Certification are recommended to undergo the training in Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS).

Suggested Study Materials

The following are the recommended self-study materials:

  • Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS)
  • CCNA Security Self Study Materials
  • CCNA Security Training Videos
  • CCNA Security Practice Exam Questions

The Cisco learning network resources include the following:

  • Cisco Learning Network Premium
  • CCNA Security Study Group
  • CCNA Security Syllabus
  • BLOG: Networking and Security Salaries


The Cisco Certified Network Associate Security Certification is valid for three years. In order to recertify, you will need to pass any of the following requirements before your certification expiration date:

  • Current Associate-level exam (except for ICND1 exam)
  • Current 642-XXX Professional-level or 300-XXX Professional-level exam
  • Current 642-XXX Cisco Specialist exam
  • Current CCIE written exam
  • Current CCDE written exam or CCDE Practical Exam
  • Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview and the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

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Is Crowdfunding the Future of Indie Film?



There’s a saying that if you don’t adapt, you die. While this is certainly true in nature, it is a philosophy that is also equally true in the business world. The entertainment industry is one that is notoriously competitive; something that is painfully evident by the fact that each generation seems to contain no more than a handful of so-called A-list actors. It is so competitive that, many talented thespians go years without being discovered – if they get discovered at all.

Rodney Dangerfield, everyone’s favorite self-deprecating comic, didn’t make it to the big time until he was 46 – and may not have gotten there had The Ed Sullivan Show not needed a last minute replacement for a cancelled act. Harrison Ford, the gruff actor that played the late Han Solo in George Lucas’ Disney’s Star Wars franchise, didn’t score his first big role until the age of 31.

The point is, because there are so many aspiring actors, directors, special effects makeup designers, and set builders, and so few movie studios (at this point, there are just three major studios who seem to enjoy a monopolistic grip on film production) it seems improbable that even a fraction of them have a snow ball’s chance of making their dreams come true.

For years, industry professionals trying to eke out a career had, at times, no other recourse but to take matters into their own hands, turning to or producing their own small independent projects. To their credit, they did spawn a sub-genre of moviedom that continues to exist to this day, and for many moviegoers, remains one of the purest forms of cinema. Indie film.

And suddenly, there’s crowdfunding. While it may not be the solution to everyone looking to get a piece of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, it certainly shows promise.

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding allows anyone, anywhere to raise capital from the general public for a wide variety of purposes; everything from helping families that have lost everything to a horrible natural disaster to helping aspiring entrepreneurs bring their innovative ideas to life, to funding a film project.

At first glance, crowdfunding could be exactly what the indie film scene needs – a no strings attached source of funding – and is seemingly of equal benefit to the movie going public. Are you of the mind that Hollywood isn’t producing enough sci-fi films? Why not fund one yourself? Perhaps you can find one that’s been mired in the pre-production purgatory known as fund sourcing and chances are good that crowdfunding isn’t off the table. In a way, crowdfunding puts more power back into the hands of the consumer – the more people want to see a particular finished project, the greater likelihood that it will be funded.

And it’s not just those who are down on their luck or suffering their craft in anonymity that are turning to crowdfunding. In 2015, Oscar Award winning make-up effects artist Barney Burman took his latest project – which happened to be his directorial debut – to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise the necessary capital for his passion project.

So what’s the catch? Is there a cautionary tale all potential backers should hear?

The answer, to put it simply, is that crowdfunding a project comes with no guarantees. Speak to anyone that has rolled the dice and they’ll likely tell you that they’ve had a great experience, but they are also just as likely to tell you the opposite. If you’re interested in backing a project, do so knowing that the project may never come to fruition.

In one extreme case, a team of fund seekers offering backers a 3D printer for a $300 pledge ended up taking legal actions against some of their backers for defamation. Without knowing the exact details of the case it’s difficult to say who is right and who is wrong, but what is known is that the company refused to deliver their product even once the promised date had long since passed.

Is crowdfunding a boon or a bust for the movie industry? To the perpetual optimist it absolutely is. One needs only look at Zach Braff’s Wish I was here (raised $3.1 million) to see the potential; the project went on to gross $5.4 million.