The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) program recognizes individuals who have the knowledge and skills to implement, maintain and support extensive Cisco Network Security Solutions using the latest industry best practices and technologies.

New CCIE Security Certification program is launching on February 24, 2020

On February 24, 2020, the new CCIE Security certification v6.0 will replace the current CCIE Security v5.0.

If you have started working toward the current CCIE Security certification, keep going. In the new program, you’ll receive credit for work you’ve completed in the current certification.

  • If you pass the current CCIE Security v5.0 written exam before February 24, you will be eligible to take the new CCIE Security v6.0 lab exam after February 24.
  • After February 24, the CCIE Security v5.0 written exam, will be replaced with SCOR 300-701. After you pass SCOR 300-701, you will earn the Cisco Certified Specialist - Security Core certification.
  • If you complete the entire CCIE Security certification before February 24, then as of February 24, you’ll maintain your CCIE Security certification as per the new recertification guidelines, and you will also receive the Cisco Certified Specialist - Security core certification.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.

View certification details (on official Cisco site).