Before we learn about booking the CCIE Security Lab Exam, let’s have a brief overview of the CCIE Security Exam. The Cisco CCIE Security Lab Exam version 5.0 is considered to be an eight-hour, the hands-on exam that would be required a candidate so as to plan, design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot various complex security scenarios for a given specification. Knowledge of troubleshooting would be considered to be an important skill and candidates are expected to be able to diagnose and solve issues as part of their CCIE lab exam.
The eight-hour lab format of CCIE Security consists of three modules and need to be taken in the below-mentioned sequence during the day of the exam: Clearing this gruesome exam would need the candidate to go through intense hands-on practice. If you are looking for such platforms, the SPOTO would be the best one for it.
Module 1: Troubleshooting
This module delivers incidents that are independent of each other, which means that the resolution of one incident wouldn’t be dependent on the resolution of another. The topology that would be used in the Troubleshooting module is different than the topologies which were used in the Configuration module.
Module 2: Diagnostic
The new Diagnostic module focuses on the skills which are required to properly diagnose the network issues, without having access to the device. Candidates will be provided with a set of documentation that would be representing a snapshot of a realistic situation: at a point in time in an investigation process that a network engineer might have to face. The main objective of the Diagnostic module is to assess the skills which are required to properly diagnose network issues.
Module 3: Configuration
The Configuration module would provide a setup which would be very close to an actual production network which would have various security components providing various layers of security at particular points in the network. Though the major part of the module would be based on virtual instances of the Cisco security appliances, the candidate might also be asked to work with physical devices as well. At the beginning of the module, the candidate would have full visibility of the entire module. A candidate could choose to work in the sequence in which the items are presented or he or she could resolve items in whatever order it seems preferable and logical to them.
Lab and Practical Exam Booking
Once the candidate would have passed the CCIE written exam, they would be eligible to schedule their CCIE lab and practical exam. Passing scores on written exams would be automatically downloaded from testing vendors, but they might not be able to appear immediately. It is advised to wait for at least ten days after you have completed your written exam before attempting to schedule the lab.
For the booking purpose, the candidates will need the following things:
- A Valid Cisco user account
- An identification number that was used by them to register for their written exam. In case you are giving exam in the U.S. and Canada, the ID number is basically your Social Security or Social Insurance number. In other regions, the testing vendor personally assigns the number.
- Date on which they have passed the written exam
- Achieving Passing score on the written exam
Once you have grabbed all the kinds of stuff and gone through proper recommended training, i.e. Training with SPOTO, you would be able to give the lab examination and later would be able to gain the CCIE Security Credentials. But remember it is not that easy, so pay attention properly while attending the courses offered by the SPOTO.