CCIE Security Challenge – Two Months Out

By Anthony Sequeira on September 2nd, 2012

One of the things that students remark upon when studying for their lab is how fast the time goes. I am now at the halfway point in my quest for CCIE Security. As you might recall – my exam is October 26, 2012 in RTP, NC, USA. My how time flies.

Just wanted to update those that are following the quest and thank everyone for their well wishes via email and Skype.

The studies are going simply great. I knew I loved this subject area, and as I dig in to the Expert levels of prep, I love it even more.

Many people have commented to me (my training peers and even my proctor in RTP) that I made a big mistake in not giving myself two attempts at the version 3.0 exam. I just wanted to share my thinking about that here and give a quick study and preparation tip that might help others.

I see a clear picture of myself as a dual CCIE. I know it will happen, and it will only begin to tap my potential as a Cisco instructor. If it just so happens that this vision completes itself in October, 2012 with version 3, or if it is December 2012 with version 4, it really just doesn’t matter.

“But what about all that new stuff you would have to learn???? What about the expense of the new devices???? What about all that study that you did already that might not apply to the new exam????”

I am not FOCUSING on that stuff! Who cares! I will not let thoughts like this stall me in my journey. I hope these insights on the subject might help others in their own quest to complete that vision of themselves.

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    4 Responses to “CCIE Security Challenge – Two Months Out”

    1. Srikant Ganesh says:

      Anthony,
      I am in the same position. Taking my first CCIE and first attempt on Nov 8.

      I had an option to do 2 attempts but without knowing exam date availability, etc, especially since we have to wait 30 days between attempts I did not want to risk it.

      I wanted to do all I can for one attempt and then it does not work out I can live with that and start preparing for v4 if needed.

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    2. Brian Clarke says:

      I know I’m going to be with Anthony out in San Jose in October for V3, but my confidence going into September is not what I’d like it to be. Interestingly enough I already know ISE and Wireless and have done a lot of 802.1x work. I’d rather take the V4 but my employer/contract needs a CCIE Security like yesterday. IPExpert won’t have a V4 class until March of 2013.

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    3. Brain says:

      I wish you good luck with that. Do you know how to get an secure vpn? I saw this company http://www.ect-virtualpbx.com/ they offer it. I can’t build it on my own.

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