I recently passed the SNPA test, both to re-certify my CCNA and to start me on the path to CCSP. The reason I took this test first was because I'm very familiar with the Pix/ASA product, having used them for about 3 years now.
I think many people feel that the SND/SNRS tests are good to start with as they are more general in nature, and the information in them leads to the more specific product related information for the other tests. I'm lucky enough to be attending the SND course at the end of October, and have already purchased a copy of the older SNRS (642-502) study guide to help me get through those two exams.
In November we will be upgrading our CSA installation from v4.5 to v5.2, which will help me to prepare for the HIPS test. For me the last exam will be IDS, as I am not yet familiar with that product, but my organization will probably be evaluating one of the devices as a test during early 2008.
So, that's MY plan for attacking the remaining 4 CCSP tests, though the order in which I've decided to do them is probably a little different than most. Again I think many people start with SND/SNRS, then move on to SNPA and IPS, then finish with their elective.
I can't find a Cisco Press book for the SND exam, which is why I decided to go ahead and go to the class this year. I find it odd that one of the 'core' exams for the CCSP doesn't have an exam prep or self-study guide. As for the SNRS exam, the only Cisco Press book I found is for the older version of the test (642-502) rather than the current version of 642-503.
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works.Background:ESP encrypts all critical information, encapsulating
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