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Hey all, have a few quick questions regarding Cisco certifications.

Basically I'm studying for just the CCNA cert right now. But I was wondering if I should continue and progress with the higher level certifications(CCNP, CCIE?)

Is this something to consider? I am graduating school in a few months, Should I consider learning and taking the Cisco Certifications? Is it worthwhile?

Also, if I am to continue with Cisco, was thinking the Security "stream", is this a solid choice compared to the other strands, or is that part mostly preference?

Any help or insight would be awesome, or if there are maybe other certifications to consider that aren't Cisco.
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I've heard the two tests are a little less cumbersome than the single CCNA test.

It's really up to you and if you want to advance your knowledge to that level. CCNP level knowledge bleeds into other certifications such as Juniper's JNCIS/JNCIP offerings. The Security track is a good bet if you enjoy making firewall policies and working with VPN and IPS.

The CCNA Security is a fairly basic introduction that spans a lot of the knowledge from Security+.
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adding to what beers said, i would look at doing CISSP which i have started with the IEEE computer society training as well as self training.. for futher info
https://www.isc2.org/cissp/Default.aspx
http://www.cissp.com/
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I have taken CCNA in the past and am currently taking it again as I never got the cert, CCNA takes a lot longer to learn then Security + imo. I got my Sec+ after a one week course so if your a good studying and pick stuff up fast try and find a boot camp. If you have devoted all this time to CCNA I would take the test and get the cert then get Sec + after. They are both respected. And as a plus side if you recert CCNA it will also be able to be applied to recerting your Sec+. CompTIA is good that way.
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