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Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Is the Cisco CCST Cybersecurity worth it?

Yes, for IT professionals at the very beginning of their careers, the CCST Cybersecurity cert from Cisco is definitely worth it. The CCST Cybersecurity tests someone's baseline familiarity with the absolute essentials of cybersecurity administration. Since there are almost no certifications that stand for fundamental skills in threat hunting, risk management and network firewalls, having this entry-level cert could easily be the deciding factor in your first job race.

What is the Cisco CCST certification?

CCST stands for Cisco Certified Support Technician, it's very early-career IT credential from Cisco.There are two CCSTs, one in networking and one in cybersecurity. The CCST demonstrates a familiarity with the most fundamental concepts and terminology of the career field. The CCST Cybersecurity shows employers that while you might not be ready to do advanced security management, you can be productive and useful on your very first day on the job.

Is Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity required for CCNP Security?

No, the CCST Cybersecurity isn't a prerequisite for any of Cisco's other certifications, but it's a valuable career credential, plus it will familiarize you with what to expect from Cisco's later, more challenging certification exams. Preparing for the CCST is an accessible and low-stakes way to learn what it's like to learn new IT technologies and cybersecurity concepts and then prove your familiarity in a test that is a mix of practical skills and technical knowledge.

How much does Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity cost?

The Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity certification costs $125 to attempt. There's only one exam associated with the CCST Cybersecurity, and you'll be awarded the credential after successfully passing it. If you're already working in cybersecurity, the content of the CCST is probably easier than you need, but on the other hand, $125 isn't a lot for a great credential to have on your resume before applying for your first industry job.

What will you learn on this CCST Cybersecurity course?

In addition to the basics of security principles and network security concepts, the CCST Cybersecurity tests your familiarity with vulnerability assessments, risk management and incident handling – all that is on this course. But the most valuable thing you'll learn from this course is whether or not the cybersecurity career field is actually something you want to commit yourself to.
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