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Books Recommended For CCNA™ Security Certification


Title: CCNA Security 210-260 Official Cert Guide

Author : Omar Santos, John Stuppi

Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2015)

Hardcover: 608 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1587205661

CCNA Security 210-260 Official Cert Guide is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the CCNA Security Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS) 210-260 exam, including

  • Security concepts and threats
  • Implementing AAA using IOS and ISE
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • VPN technology and cryptography
  • IP security
  • Implementing IPsec site-to-site VPNs
  • Implementing SSL remote-access VPNs using Cisco ASA
  • Securing Layer 2 technologies
  • Network Foundation Protection (NFP)
  • Securing the management, data, and control planes
  • Understand, implement, and configure Cisco firewall technologies
  • Cisco IPS fundamentals
  • Mitigation technologies for e-mail, web-based, and endpoint threats


Title: CCNA Security (210-260) Portable Command Guide (2nd Edition)

Author: Bob Vachon

Publisher: Cisco Press; 2 edition (April 14, 2016)

Completely updated to reflect the new CCNA Security 210-260 exam, this quick reference summarizes relevant Cisco IOS® Software commands, keywords, command arguments, and associated prompts, and offers tips and examples for applying these commands to real-world security challenges. Configuration examples, throughout, provide an even deeper understanding of how to use IOS to protect networks.

Topics covered include

  • Networking security fundamentals: concepts, policies, strategy

  • Protecting network infrastructure: network foundations, security management planes/access; data planes (Catalyst switches and IPv6)

  • Threat control/containment: protecting endpoints and content; configuring ACLs, zone-based firewalls, and Cisco IOS IPS

  • Secure connectivity: VPNs, cryptology, asymmetric encryption, PKI, IPsec VPNs, and site-to-site VPN configuration

  • ASA network security: ASA/ASDM concepts; configuring ASA basic settings, advanced settings, and VPNs

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587205750

Title: 31 Days Before Your CCNA Security Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the IINS 210-260 Certification Exam

Author:  Patrick Gargano 

Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (July 3, 2016)

31 Days Before Your CCNA Security Exam offers you an engaging and practical way to understand the certification process, commit to taking the CCNA Security IINS 210-260 certification exam, and finish your preparation using a variety of Primary and Supplemental study resources.

The IINS 210-260 exam tests your knowledge of secure network infrastructure, core security concepts, secure access, VPN encryption, firewalls, intrusion prevention, web/email content security, and endpoint security. It also tests your skills for installing, troubleshooting, and monitoring secure networks to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices.

The features of the book empower you to fit exam preparation into a busy schedule:

  • A visual calendar summarizing each day’s study topic

  • A checklist providing advice for preparation activities leading up to the exam

  • A description of the CCNA Security IINS 210-260 exam organization and sign-up process

  • Strategies from the author to be mentally, organizationally, and physically prepared for exam day

  • A conversational tone, which makes your study time more enjoyable

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587205785

Title: CCNA Security Self-Practice Review Questions for the security track 2016/17 Edition: (with 110 questions covering the 210-260 IINS exam)

Author:  ExamREVIEW

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (April 22, 2016)

The new CCNA Security Exam 210-260 IINS is an associate level exam that can earn you the CCNA Security certification. The certification aims to allow one to demonstrate the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities, and mitigate these accordingly. 

We create these self-practice test questions referencing the concepts and principles currently valid in the exam. Each question comes with an answer and a short explanation which aids you in seeking further study information. For purpose of exam readiness drilling, this product includes questions that have varying numbers of choices. Some have 2 while some have 5 or 6. We want to make sure these questions are tough enough to really test your readiness and draw your focus to the weak areas. 

Think of these as challenges presented to you so to assess your comprehension of the subject matters. The goal is to reinforce learning, to validate successful transference of knowledge and to identify areas of weakness that require remediation. The questions are NOT designed to “simulate” actual exam questions. “realistic” or actual questions that are for cheating purpose are not available in any of our products.

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1532861516

Title: CCNA Security Lab Manual Version 2 (Lab Companion)

Author:  Cisco Networking Academy

Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2015)

The Cisco® Networking Academy® course on CCNA® Security is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help you develop specialized security skills to expand your CCENT-level skill set and advance your career. The curriculum helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the Implementing Cisco IOS® Network Security (IINS) certification exam (210-260) leading to the Cisco CCNA Security certification.

The CCNA Security Lab Manual provides you with all 15 labs from the course designed as hands-on practice to develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills needed to prepare for entry-level security specialist careers.

Through procedural, skills integration challenges, troubleshooting, and model building labs, this CCNA Security course aims to develop your in-depth understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and configurations used. 

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587133504

Title: CCNA Security ExamFOCUS Study Notes & Review Questions 2016/17 Edition: covering the 210-260 IINS exam

Author:  ExamREVIEW


The new CCNA Security Exam 210-260 IINS is an associate level exam that can earn you the CCNA Security certification. The certification aims to allow one to demonstrate the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities, and mitigate these accordingly. 

This new exam covers a range of new technology features while placing less focus on older and weaker security measures. To succeed in the Cisco entry level exams, you need to read as many reference books as possible. There is no single book that can cover everything! The book is NOT intended to guide you through every single official topic. You should therefore use this book together with other reference books for the best possible preparation outcome.

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (April 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1532861621

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