Checkpoint is considered as forerunner in system administrative analysis and security management. And to make it confirm, the Check Point offers security certifications, those are geared towards network and system administrators, analysts, engineers and security managers working with the company's security products. The Checkpoint software technologies makes the product related to security for enterprises, including all kind of small and medium business firms, service providers and consumers. The most operational products are as followed; firewalls, VPN security gateways, endpoint security software and hardware/software solutions. The Personal firewall, ZoneAlarm, is one of Check Point's best-known products at the consumer level.
The Check Point software program comprises 4 professional certifications, such as;
- CCSA: Check Point Certified Security Administrator
- CCSE: Check Point Certified Security Expert
- CCMSE: Check Point Managed Security Expert
- CCSM: Check Point Certified Security Master
Another signification, that Check Point offers at entry-level, called the Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate (CCSPA)
for IT professionals just beginning their security careers. All the Check Point Certification exams are of 90 minutes in length and it costs you between $150 and $350, depending on the exam. Mostly, the Check Point exams are at offered on R77.30, although R80 has already been introduced with the CCSA certification. All the Check Point certifications remain valid for two years. And to maintain a Check Point certification, you need to acquire annual continuing education (CE) credits by completing Low Stakes exams.
Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA)
The Check Point Certified Security Administrator
(CCSA) is basically a Check Point's foundation-level certification. It recognizes individuals who deploy, configure and try to manage the Check Point Security solutions to shield networks from intrusions and minimize liabilities. A CCSA is knowledgeable in the day-to-day tasks of Check Point Security; such as Gateway, Firewall, SmartConsole, SmartDashboard, Security Management Server and Remote Access VPN products. The Candidates are also supposed to be able to troubleshoot and resolve administrative issues. There are no prerequisites for the CCSA certification. As, the Check Point recommends that candidates must have six months to one year of product experience before attempting the exam.
CCSE: Check Point Certified Security Expert
Another level of Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) is Check Point's intermediate-level credential. The CCSE implements Check Point's Security Gateway, Management Server, SmartReporter, SmartProvisioning, SmartWorkflow, High Availability, SSL VPN and SmartEvent products. The Candidates are supposed to know how to perform advanced user management across a VPN, and optimizing VPN performance, firewalls and servers. To hold the CCSE certification, the candidates must pass the exam 156-315.75 (R77). Check Point also needs candidates to have whichever the CCSA certification (R70, R71 or R75) or the Security Administration course. The applicant needs to have one year of experience with Check Point products is recommended. The Candidates also need to possess experience working with certificate management, system administration, TCP/IP, networking, Windows Server and UNIX.
The advanced level credentials of Check Point Managed Security Expert (CCMSE) is the Check Point certification program, which intended to validate a candidate's skills with Multi-Domain Security Management with Virtual System Extension. IT professionals seeking the CCMSE credential should be able to configure and implement a global policy, consolidate firewalls and transition to virtual environments, and troubleshoot, configure and install the MDSM environment. And in order to earn the CCMSE Certification, the candidates needs to pass exam 156.820.77. Also the Candidates also need to possess the CCSE (R75 or later, or equivalent experience) credential. Moreover, minimum of six months to one year of experience is recommended.
CCSM: Check Point Certified Security Master
Last but not the least, the Check Point Certified Security Master (CCSM) is Check Point's most advanced technical credential, which validates the aptitude of candidates to use progressive commands to troubleshoot, construct and enhance Check Point Security based Systems. The IT professionals seeking this credential should be able to troubleshoot ClusterXL and SecureXL, classify encryption fiasco sources with intrusion prevention system false positives. In order to earn the CCSM the candidates are supposed to possess the CCSE (R70 or higher, or equivalent knowledge). Check Point recommends that candidates have knowledge of UNIX and have experience with networking.