Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist

Designed for Channel Partners, the Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist certification designates the ability to assess customer needs, sell, and design Cisco Self-Defending Networks that protect vital assets, reduce costs, and improve productivity. Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialists understand the key components of the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy, including Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Network Admission Control (NAC), and Cisco Security Monitoring Analysis and Response System (CS MARS).

The following courses help you prepare for this certification:

SSSE - Security for System Engineers


Valid CCDA certification

Required Exams

642-566 SSSE


Cisco Specialist certifications are valid for two years. To recertify do one of the following:

  • Retake and pass all exams required for the certification
  • Pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam