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Official self-study test preparation guide for the CCIE Security written exam 350-018


Updated content covers all the latest CCIE Security written exam 2.0 objectives, including:

  • AES, EAP, IOS SSH, RDEP, and intrusion prevention
  • DNS, TFTP, Secure Shell, Secure Socket Layer Protocol, NTP, and SNMP
  • Password security, password recovery, and standard and extended access lists
  • Encryption technologies and security protocols, including IPSec, AES, 3DES, TACACS+, and RADIUS
  • Cisco security applications, including Cisco Secure PIX® Firewall, VPN, IDS, IPS, and Cisco Policy Manager
  • Basic security methods and the evolution of new secure networks including packet filtering, proxies, and NAT/PAT
  • Cisco security applications such as the VPN 3000, client-side VPNs, and service modules 

With increased reliance on networking resources to provide productivity gains and corporate revenue contributions, the need for network security has never been higher. Rising concerns over corporate espionage, cyber-terrorism, financial fraud, and theft of proprietary information have radically increased the demand for highly skilled networking security professionals. As one of the most sought-after and highly valued networking certifications, the Cisco Systems® CCIE Security certification is answering the need for technical expertise in this critical market by distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts.


CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, is a comprehensive study tool for the CCIE Security written exam version 2.0. Fully updated and reviewed by present and former members of the CCIE Security team at Cisco®, this book helps you understand and master the material you need to know to pass the written exam. Covering all the topics in this challenging exam, this book is your ultimate exam preparation resource. Designed to optimize your study time, CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide helps you assess your knowledge of the material at the start of each chapter with customized quizzes for each topic. Increase retention of key concepts by reviewing succinct summaries of crucial concepts. Test your comprehension with chapter-ending review questions. Determine your assimilation of knowledge and get a taste of the CCIE Security lab exam with sample lab scenarios in the last chapter. Take timed practice exams that mimic the real testing environment with the CD-ROM test engine or customize the test bank to focus on the topics for which you need the most help.


CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, is part of a recommended study program from Cisco Systems that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit


“This book will be a valuable asset for potential CCIE Security candidates. I am positive individuals will inevitably gain extensive security network knowledge during their preparation for the CCIE Security written exam using this book.”

-Yusuf Hussain Bhaiji, CCIE Security Program Manager, Cisco Systems


Henry Benjamin, CCIE No. 4695, is a triple CCIE. He has more than 15 years experience in Cisco networks including planning, designing, and implementing large IP networks running IGRP, EIGRP, BGP, OSPF, and voice over IP. Henry has been a key member of the CCIE global team and internal Cisco IT team based in Sydney, Australia, where his tasks included writing and proctoring new laboratory examinations and questions for the coveted CCIE R/S, CCIE Security, and CCIE Service Provider tracks.


Companion CD-ROM

CD-ROM contains a test engine with over 500 questions covering the full range of CCIE Security written exam topics, flash card format practice questions, and an electronic version of the text.

CD-ROM test engine powered by Boson Software is a Cisco Learning Partner.


Supporting Website

Up-to-date study materials for this book may be found at


This volume is part of the Exam Certification Guide Series from Cisco Press®. Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.


About the Author

Henry Benjamin, CCIE No. 4695, is a triple CCIE. He has more than 15 years experience in Cisco networks including planning, designing, and implementing large IP networks running IGRP, EIGRP, BGP, OSPF, and voice over IP. Henry has been a key member of the CCIE global team and internal Cisco IT team based in Sydney, Australia, where his tasks included writing and proctoring new laboratory examinations and questions for the coveted CCIE R/S, CCIE Security, and CCIE Service Provider tracks.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Henry, please return your CCIE plaque(s) 5 Jun. 2005
By caskote - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm a R&S CCIE, but have been working on security for the last 6 years. As I have to go thru my recert, decided to go with the security written exam.

I had read the reviews for this book before buying it - including the one from bam - but decided to give it a try - heck, is from CiscoPress, who gave us the Routing TCP/IP vol I and II - how bad can this one be?

Easy: it isn't bad. It is WORSE. Period. No excuses. I read the book in about 8 hours, and I have to admit that after reading 1/2 of it, I felt sorry for whoever is preparing the written CCIE exam and actually uses this books. There's hardly one page (no kidding) without an error. Not talking about syntax errors - talking about conceptual errors, half digested ideas.

I want my money back - this books actually deserves -1 stars. I had to skip thru the whole IPSec section - I was afraid I was actually going to remember any of it, and totally wreck what I knew.

Stay away from this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Don't Bother 8 July 2003
By Richard J Botham - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this sometime ago and found it strange that this was targetting someone attempting CCIE certification as I do not beleive that it is in depth enough.
The more important aspects of CCIE security would surely be IPSec [24 pages only ] and the 2 pages on VPDN was very disappointing.
The whole book I found rather bland and contains quite a few errors [considering they had 5 CCIES involved,one is proctor and another is a triple CCIE ...]
The explanation of the ISAKMP interaction with things like Hashing, DH, Keys etc was rather unclear and perhaps confusing at times.
It's that not dreadful but I personally wouldn't waste the best part of £50 on it.
Read the RFC's and the Cisco CD - you'll get on just fine
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Must Buy For The CCIE Security Written Exam 10 July 2005
By Niloufer Tamboly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide (CCIE Self-Study) (2nd Edition) (Ccie Self-Study)

by Henry Benjamin ISBN 1587201356

This book is mapped to the New CCIE Security Written Exam 350-018. I'll answer the question most frequently asked "Can this book be the only book for passing the CCIE Security Written Exam" NO this is the short answer the long answer follows...

The book contains a 'Do I know this Already' Quiz before every chapter begins and this helps a lot in gauging the amount of work need for that chapter. The questions and Labs following the chapter have a humbling effect just in case we feel we know a lot. The links provide a great place for further studies in the weaker areas and help in conserving time while studying as otherwise navigating through the Cisco website quickly and not straying off the subject is not an art which I have mastered so far. I saved myself a lot of time reading from this book and from the links (some of them have been moved).

The NOTE boxes provide a great deal of information very quickly and are very helpful for revision.

The e-book helps me always have the book on my laptop as some times I don't feel like carrying the bulky book with me and continue my preparation whenever I have extra time.

Even though no single book can claim to cover everything which can and will be asked on the CCIE Security Written Exam Henry Benjamin makes a sincere effort and I congratulate him on this.

I found a number of typos and errors but none of which affect the content. I assume that a CCIE Security candidate would have enough knowledge to discern a few obvious mistakes in the text. But then one does not accept such mistakes form a Cisco Press Book.

This book is meant for the CCIE Security Written Exam but contains a lengthy LAB which according to me robs me of the precious pages (112 to be precise) which could have included more information about the Security Written Exam.

I find the coverage of Telephony Best Practices and Wireless Best Practices inadequate, six pages in all. But the link provided in the Note to Wireless Best Practices is awesome.

The 500 questions provided on the CD helps in identifying the weak areas and improving confidence towards the end.

The author is a triple CCIE and a key member of the CCIE global team and has written questions for the written exam. I feel buying this book is a good investment towards our quest for the coveted CCIE Security Certification. When you plan on pursuing this certification I would suggest that one should start with this book and then fill up the gaps with other books and the CISCO website.

I give this book 4 stars on a scale of 5, 5 being the highest. I strongly recommend this book.

Niloufer Tamboly, CISSP
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a quailty book 18 Aug. 2005
By USAccie guru - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is aimed at the right cccie candidte and even has sample labs written by exisiting and ex-proctors, those that believe there is a better guide are kidding themselves, it was reviewed internally by the ccie security program amanger as written in the preface and helped me pass the exam with one read, there are many other reviews that highlight the great qualities of this book, do not be confused, this is what you need to take the written and guides you with the lab which as far as I can see is more difficult than the real lab, MUST HAVE book,
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Riddled with severe errors. Avoid that book. 16 Aug. 2005
By JF - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First some background: I recently recerted my CCIE R&S by passing the security written exam. I used this book, Maalik's, and the Cisco website. I own and like a wallfull of other Cisco books. I work daily with the security technologies making up the subject matter.

This book was unfortunately not very useful. I must say I passed _in spite_ of it. The numerous severe errors make it impossible to really rely on.

I started with pretty high hopes, given it was a fresh 2nd edition, naively thinking the bugs would be worked out... Not so. It's full of really bad factual errors, generally unclear and muddled. Lots of fluff, maybe trying to mask the fact this book was seemingly rushed into print, and the tech editing rather useless.

The questions on the CD are contradictory, the answers not matching (i.e. extra choices appearing or not available in the " correct" answers), and verified right answers scored as wrong. I was actually pretty upset at Cisco Press for having let this one slip into the stores.

Save your money... Get Saadat Malik's instead, and possibly also Convery's books. If you want a decent quiz, get Boson's full exam. It's accurate, a bit harder than the real thing, and the answers are very thorough.
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