I am about to undergo training for CCIE - Security. I understand that we have R&S as well in the course structure.
Will this be as intensive as the R&S course.. or just the basic knowledge enough
Here is my opinion on this:
1) yes, after jan 1st, 2007, routing protocols
will be pre-configured but you still have to
know how it works. One thing you have to keep
in mind is that when you apply security on top
of R&S, things tend to break so you really
have to understand how routing protocols work.
2) even though routing protocols are pre-configured, the lab tends to leave the
hardest thing in the R&S+Security for the
candidate(s) to figure out. This separates
the good engineer(s) who really understand
how things work and the pretenders.
3) Think of it this way, Security lab, IMHO,
is much harder than the R&S (I have never been
to R&S lab) for a simple fact that the
candidate has to deal with more equipments,
ACS, Pix/ASA, VPNc, IDS/IPS, routers, switches
than R&S folks. On top of that, they have to
be aware about the R&S part as well. As I've
said before, just because routing protocols
are pre-configured does not make it any easier.
In summary, the new lab may be more security
concentrated but if you do not have solid
R&S, IMHO, you will be wasting $1250.