Whether you’re going after a full-fledged Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) certification or the narrower Cisco VPN Specialist credential, here’s the study guide you’re looking for. It’s jam-packed with real-world scenarios, questions and exercises, diagrams and charts. It’ll get you comfortable with every exam objective on the current 9E0-121 CSPVN exam and the new 642-511 version. And once you’ve passed, keep it around: It’ll help with the vast majority of Cisco VPN configuration challenges you might come up against.
John Roland and Mark Newcomb cover everything from fundamental IPSec protocols and concepts to sophisticated LAN-to-LAN connections. You’ll walk through basic Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator capabilities and configuration, with two full chapters on remote access -- first with preshared keys and then with digital certificates. The authors cover VPN client installation and configuration; authentication using Simple Certificate Enrollment Process (SCEP); certificate management; and more.
In a concise chapter on the Cisco VPN Client Firewall, the authors cover both the “always on” stateful firewall and the “Are You There” option, which tests for the presence of a software firewall such as BlackIce or Zone Alarm. There’s also practical coverage of configuring the new VPN 3002’s hardware client for maximum scalability -- including load balancing, backup servers, and PAT.
Every chapter starts with a challenging “Do I Know This Already” quiz to see how much work you really need to do -- and ends with still more Q&As. You’ll find 200 more questions on CD-ROM. Nail these, and you’re ready for sure. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.