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CCNA course covers the skills and knowledge required to recognize threats and vulnerabilities, develop and maintain a security infrastructure, and mitigate security threats. This includes installing, monitoring and troubleshooting of network devices to maintain the security of data and devices, and competency in its security structure.

CCNA Security Curriculum

CCNA Security Syllabus

1Session 1: Networking Security Concepts and Common Security Threats
  • Understanding Network and Information Security Basics
  • Recognizing Current Network Threats
  • Applying Fundamental Security Principles to Network Design
  • Network Security Threat Landscape
  • Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks
  • Social Engineering Methods
  • Malware Identification Tools
  • Data Loss and Exfiltration Methods
2Session 2: Implementing AAA in Cisco IOS
  • Cisco Secure ACS, RADIUS, and TACACS
  • Configuring Routers to Interoperate with an ACS Server
  • Configuring the ACS Server to Interoperate with a Router
  • Verifying and Troubleshooting Router-to-ACS Server Interactions
3Session 3: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and VPN Technology and Cryptography
  • Bring Your Own Device Fundamentals
  • BYOD Architecture Framework
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Understanding VPNs and Why We Use Them
  • Cryptography Basic Components
  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • Putting the Pieces of PKI to Work
4Session 4 Fundamentals of IP Security and IPsec Site-to-Site VPN
  • IPsec Concepts, Components, and Operations
  • Configuring and Verifying IPsec
  • Planning and Preparing an IPsec Site-to-Site VPN
  • Implementing and Verifying an IPsec Site-to-Site VPN in Cisco IOS
  • Implementing and Verifying an IPsec Site-to-Site VPN in Cisco ASA
5Session 5: Implementing SSL VPNs Using Cisco ASA and Securing Layer 2 Technologies
  • Functions and Use of SSL for VPNs
  • Configuring Clientless SSL VPNs on ASA
  • Using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
  • Troubleshooting SSL VPN
  • VLAN and Trunking Fundamentals
  • Spanning-Tree Fundamentals
  • Common Layer 2 Threats and How to Mitigate Them
  • CDP and LLDP
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection
6Session 6: Network Foundation Protection and Securing the Management Plane
  • Using Network Foundation Protection to Secure Networks
  • Understanding the Management Plane
  • Understanding the Control Plane
  • Understanding the Data Plane
  • Securing Management Traffic
  • Implementing Security Measures to Protect the Management Plane
7Session 7: Securing the Data Plane and Control Plane
  • Understanding and Configuring IPv6
  • Configuring IPv6 Routing
  • Developing a Security Plan for IPv6
  • Securing the Control Plane
  • Control Plane Policing
  • Securing Routing Protocols
8Session 8: Firewall Fundamentals and Cisco IOS Zone-Based Firewalls
  • Firewall Concepts and Technologies
  • Using Network Address Translation
  • Creating and Deploying Firewalls
9Session 9: Firewall Policies on Cisco ASA, Cisco IDS/IPS Fundamentals
  • The ASA Appliance Family and Features
  • ASA Firewall Fundamentals
  • Configuring the ASA
  • IPS Versus IDS
  • Identifying Malicious Traffic on the Network
  • Managing Signatures
  • Monitoring and Managing Alarms and Alerts
  • Cisco Next-Generation IPS Solutions
10Session 10: Mitigation Technologies for E-mail-Based, Web-Based and Endpoint Threats
  • Mitigation Technology for E-mail-Based Threats
  • Mitigation Technology for Web-Based Threats
  • Cisco Content Security Management Appliance
  • Antivirus and Antimalware Solutions
  • Personal Firewalls and Host Intrusion Prevention Systems
  • Advanced Malware Protection for Endpoints
  • Hardware and Software Encryption of Endpoint Data

Certification Exam

This course prepares students for the following exam:

  • 210-260 IINS: Implementing Cisco Network Security


  • High School Diploma/ GED, and Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Certification, prior completion of the CCNA course or equivalent level of knowledge.

Occupational Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be qualified to be a Jr. network security engineer as a CCNA Security. .