Top 5 Network Security Certification for Network Engineers in 2019

by | Feb 7, 2019 | Awareness, CCIE, CCNP | 0 comments

For 2019 and the upcoming years Network Security is one of the most demanding and challenging industry as new threats, risks and vulnerabilities are getting increased with time to shield and maintain the same network security engineers are required.

Companies like Cisco, Checkpoint, Palo Alto and other vendors are expanding and updating to new version of technologies rapidly which demands enhanced knowledge and skills in the network security domain. To maintain the same different vendors comes with various certifications in Security domain.

All these certifications have a different level and reputation in the industry which comes with a validity before the certification expire candidates need to upgrade or retake the exam to maintain his or her certification in the respective domain.

Here are the Top 5 Network Security Certification for 2019:

  1. Cisco CCNP Security Certification
  2. Cisco CCIE Security Certification
  3. Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE)
  4. Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE)
  5. CompTIA Security+


CCNP Security:

Cisco CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional Security) is professional level certification after CCNA Security. CCNP Security certification validates candidates’ skills and knowledge to implement, support, and troubleshoot network security threats related to firewalls, VPN, ISE, WSA, ES and other network security related issues. Candidates are also required to maintain security protocols for keeping their network safe from security threats and vulnerabilities.

Cisco CCNP Security Certification consists of four certifications:

  • CCNP Security 300-206 SENSS
  • CCNP Security 300-207 SITCS
  • CCNP Security 300-208 SISAS
  • CCNP Security 300-209 SIMOS


Prerequisites: For CCNP Security Certification valid CCNA Security certification or any CCIE certification works as a prerequisite.

Exam Details:

Exam Language: English and Japanese

Validity: Expires in 3 Years

Testing Centers: Person VUE

CCNP Security Exam Details
Exam Code Exam Name Number of Questions Duration Exam Cost in USD
300-206 SENSS Implementing Cisco Edge Network Security Solutions (SENSS) 65-75 questions 90 minutes 300
300-208 SISAS Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS) 65-75 questions 90 minutes 300
300-209 SIMOS Implementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS) 65-75 questions 90 minutes 300
300-207 SITCS Implementing Cisco Threat Control Solutions (SITCS) 65-75 questions 90 minutes 300

CCIE Security:

CCIE Security (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security) leads you towards your dream to get highest salary packages in the security domain. CCIE Security is a highest-level certification and highly demanding certification in Network Security Domain. CCIE Security certification is one of the prestegious IT Network Security Certifications.

CCIE Security certification demands expertise on Cisco security devices to execute, maintain and troubleshoot the security networks. Plus, need the best abilities and experience to maintain the latest security risks, warnings and development in Cisco Security environments.

Prerequisites: For CCIE Security there are no official prerequisites but before CCIE Security one should have indepth knowledge of CCNA Security and CCNP Security.

Exam Details:

There are two steps for passing CCIE Security Certification exam:

Step 1: CCIE Security written Exam

Step 2: CCIE Security Lab Exam

CCIE Security Exam Details
Exam Number Exam Name Duration Exam Cost in USD
400-251 400-251 Written Exam 120 minutes (90-110 questions) 450
Lab Exam v5.0 8 Hours 1600

Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE):

Palo Alto Networks is a multinational cybersecurity company founded in 2005 which provide services and products in the security domain.

Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) validates candidates knowledge and skills for designing, deploying, configuring, securing and troubleshooting of the Palo Alto Networks.

Prerequisites: No Prerequisites.

Exam Details:

  • Exam Codes‎: PCNSE
  • Exam Cost‎: 160 USD
  • Number of Questions: 75 Questions
  • Duration: 80 Minutes
  • Languages: English and Japanese

Validity: Expires in 2 Years
Testing Centers: Person VUE

Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE):

Checkpoint Technologies is a multinational company which provides software and hardware for network security, endpoint security, mobile security, data security and security management.

Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) Certification validates candidate’s knowledge to build, test and troubleshoot Checkpoint devices and also upgrade the candidate’s expertise to new trends and technologies in the security domain.

Exam Details: There are two versions in Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) that is R77 and R80:

Exam Name Exam Code Prerequisites
Check Point Certified Security Expert R77 (CCSE) 156-315.77 CCSA R77 (not CCSA R80)
Check Point Certified Security Expert R80 (CCSE) 156-315.80 CCSA R80 (not CCSA R77)
  • Exam Cost‎: ‎150 USD
  • Number of Questions: 100 Questions
  • Duration: 90 Minutes

Validity: Expires in 2 years.
Testing Centers: Person VUE

CompTIA Security+:

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a company which provides professional certifications in information technology (IT) industry which is recognized globally.

CompTIA Security+ certification is an entry-level and global certification which ensures candidates network security knowledge covered by Network+ Certification. This certification validates candidate’s hands-on practical and technical skills on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.

Exam Details:

  • Exam Codes‎: ‎SY0-501
  • Exam Cost‎: ‎339 USD
  • Number of Questions: 90 Questions
  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Passing Score:  750 out of 900
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese

Validity: Expires in 3 Years (Certifications which are before January 1, 2011, does not expire and these certifications are considered as GFL (Good for Life).

Testing Centers: Person VUE

Popular Network Security Job Profiles:

Here is the list of the top job profiles which you can expect after achieving any of the above 5 Network Security Certifications:

  • Sr Network Security Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Technology (IT) Manager
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Security Administrator
  • Network Security Consultant
  • Firewall Expert

So, here are the best 5 network security certification which you can go for in 2019. These certifications will not only help you with your learning growth and advancement in your knowledge but will also give you a better hike in salary packages.
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