CCIE Security Written: Passed. Labbing begins again!

Just come out of the CCIE Security Written exam. I passed it after a couple of weeks study. I am not going to break any NDAs here, so it’ll be a brief post. Certainly working in a PCI/HIPAA/SOX environment does help, I spend a lot of time discussing and implementing security, so I started with a good foundation.

Most of the stuff was pretty well covered in the posts I have done over the last couple of weeks. There were a couple of curve balls, but not enough to put a dampener on it.

This gets the CCIE Security written exam out of the way before Christmas. I can now afford to have a little bit of a break now before the new year.
CCIE Security Written passed in time for Christmas
I have a couple of things to do. Finish the UNetLab topologies for the books, lots of people have been asking for them and have been very patient, which was appreciated. I plan to finish them this week.

The proof of the next book (CCNA and Beyond) should arrive soon, so I should be able to finish it off over the Christmas period.

Then I have 18 months to prepare for and take (and hopefully pass) the lab.

I’d like to get this down to a year, which leaves 6 months for one or more attempts at the lab.

I will carry on with my own CCIE Security lab, since starting it there has been a new ASA image released which has less of a memory footprint, so that will definitely help with resources.

Still need to work out some WSA stuff – the VM doesn’t want to play nicely, and then there is the whole licensing thing.

So, lots of challenges, but I now have (a maximum of) 18 months to do it. Merry Xmas everyone!


  1. Bernd December 8, 2015
  2. Stuart Fordham December 8, 2015
  3. Peter Sithole December 9, 2015
  4. Terry Law December 29, 2015