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Assessment, review, and practice for CCSP SNPA exam 642-522

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the SNPA exam, including:

  • Firewall technologies
  • Cisco Security Appliance translation and connection
  • Access control configuration
  • Modular policy framework
  • Security contexts
  • Syslog
  • Routing protocol support
  • Failover
  • Virtual private networks (VPN)
  • Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM)
  • Content filtering
  • Authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) configuration
  • Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and advanced protocol handling

CCSP SNPA Official Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is a best-of-breed Cisco® exam study guide that focuses specifically on the objectives for the Securing Networks with PIX and ASA (SNPA) exam. Network security consultant, Michael Gibbs, shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve your knowledge of firewall and Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) security. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

This guide presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists and Foundation Summary tables make referencing easy and give you a quick refresher whenever you need it. Challenging chapter-ending review questions help you assess your knowledge and reinforce key concepts.

The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful testingengine that allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, presenting question-by-question remediation to the text.

Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this book helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

CCSP SNPA Official Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems® that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press.

Companion CD-ROM

The CD-ROM contains an electronic copy of the book and more than 200 practice questions for the SNPA exam, all available in study mode, test mode, and flash card format.

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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587201523
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2006
  • Series: Exam Certification Guide Ser.
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 723
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Gibbs is the CTO for Security Evolutions, Inc., (SEI) where he is responsible for the overall technical management of SEI’s Cisco IT security consulting services.

Greg Bastien, CCNP®, CCSP™, CISSP®, is the chief technical officer of Virtue Technologies, Inc., and directs the actions of the engineering staff that supports several federal agencies.

Earl Carter is a member of the Security Technologies Assessment Team (STAT) at Cisco Systems where he performs security evaluations on numerous Cisco products.

Christian Abera Degu, CCNP, CCDP®, CCSP, currently works for Veridian Networks/General Dynamics as a consulting engineer to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Network security 3
Ch. 2 Firewall technologies and the Cisco security appliance 23
Ch. 3 Cisco security appliance 37
Ch. 4 System management/maintenance 75
Ch. 5 Understanding Cisco security appliance translation and connection 109
Ch. 6 Getting started with the Cisco security appliance family of firewalls 137
Ch. 7 Configuring access 177
Ch. 8 Modular policy framework 199
Ch. 9 Security contexts 223
Ch. 10 Syslog and the Cisco security appliance 247
Ch. 11 Routing and the Cisco security appliance 269
Ch. 12 Cisco security appliance failover 303
Ch. 13 Virtual private networks 327
Ch. 14 Configuring access VPNs 395
Ch. 15 Adaptive security device manager 453
Ch. 16 Content filtering on the Cisco security appliance 497
Ch. 17 Overview of AAA and the Cisco security appliance 513
Ch. 18 Configuration of AAA on the Cisco security appliance 537
Ch. 19 IPS and advanced protocol handling 587
Ch. 20 Case study and sample configuration 623
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    A worthwhile study guide

    People studying for Cisco certification exams have always been able to get solid study guides directly from Cisco Press. Like its brethren, the third edition of the CCSP SNPA will give the student a well-mapped path for preparing for the certification exam. The book, like the exam, covers the configuration and functionality of PIX 500 series firewalls and the ASA 5500 series Adaptive Security Appliances. It begins with chapters in network security and firewall technologies in general, then describes Cisco's technologies in particular. Subsequent chapters deal with controlling access failover VPNs authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) and intrusion protection functions together with rarer protocols. The book teaches concepts and CLI commands first and only gets to the use of the GUI, the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ADSM), later. It ends with a case study that brings everything together. Each chapter begins with a set of multiple choice questions to enable readers to determine whether they know the material well enough to skip the chapter. Each chapter ends end with a summary section and another set of questions to reinforce what the student has just learned. These require short answers rather than simply choosing or guessing the right one. Students who can provide the answer to these without looking them up can be confident that they have mastered the material. The book is not perfect. The vocabulary used for the overview of network security will be strange to many: how many people refer to vertical and horizontal scans, for instance? That may be less a problem with this book than with Cisco, but the difficulty created is needless. One chapter, on VPNs, has a scenario, complete with fill-in-the-blank configurations, that may be as close to hands-on as a reader can get without opening a command prompt. Similar exercises to accompany other chapters would have been useful. Some concepts could use fuller explanations. RIP and OSPF and the differences between link status and distance vector routing protocols in an early chapter, and then voice over IP protocols later are only touched on. As this is not a book on routing or VOIP, the editors may have considered it wasteful to spend more ink on these topics, but at least a reference or two to go to for fuller explanations would be welcome to many readers. As with most Cisco books, the prose style is serviceable and generally clear. It gets the job done. Unfortunately, the text is marred by sporadic explosions of typos, which occur just frequently enough to be slightly jarring. The CD-ROM contains an electronic copy of the book, copies of chapters of other Cisco Press books, a printable version of the appendix with the questions that appear in the text with their answers, and a test engine with 281 questions. The last is from BOSON, long the standard for CISCO practice tests. The questions include those from the text and 98 more. With the questions divided among 19 categories, this is a minimal amount that many will find inadequate, but more questions can be purchased through a link found on the CD. Full disclosure compels me to note that I received my copy of this book as part of the Cisco Press Reader Review Program.

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