Recently I decided doing the checkpoint certification CCSA-NG but I heard that Cisco is also offering various certifications for Cisco Pix firewalls, to name a few there is 642-521 CSPFA, 642-501 SECUR which together certifiy to a "Cisco Firewall Specialist" adding 643-531 CSIDS Beta, 642-511 CSVPN, 642-541 CSI exams certify to CCSP "Cisco Certified Security Professional". Now I'm unable to decide which one I should go far, my interest is in enterprise secuirty and for which supposedly Cisco is the favorite one. The information above is collected from these URLs:
I agree Cisco is more popular than Checkpoint ... they must be like Microsoft and Apple for firewalls ... I have finished my 640-607 and can continue to firewalls now ... but I guess i'm going to wait for some more time and study and practice some security first before going in for the vendor's certification ... in due course I might learn enough about both of them to make my decision more concrete ... maybe we can start a poll to understand the difference in people's opinion ... what say ?