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Checkpoint R80.x Exam News

The CCSE exam is now available for R80. This exam is based on the R80.10 CCSE certification training course.

The CCSE Update exam will be released in Q3 2017. This is the fast path for certified professionals that are CCSE certified on previous software versions.

R80 CCSA exam is available at Pearson VUE. Please note the CCSA certification is a prerequisite for the CCSE exam and certification.

Quick reference for these new version exam numbers:

  • 156-215.80 – CCSA
  • 156-315.80 – CCSE
  • 156-915.80 – CCSE Update (Not released yet)

CCSA and CCSE (proctored exams) will be priced $250 USD and CCSM $350

Bad time for renewing CCSE

I got an email from Checkpoint about my cert expiration,  but what is the challenge here? I can’t  take the same exam as per check Point FAQ, in this case CCSE but i gave a try and bang!,

After contact Check point i got the following options:

  • Upgrade your certifications to CCSM (156-115.77)
  • Take two of the following certifications to extend your current CCSE for 1 year
    • Secure Web Gateway
    • ThP-Threat Prevention
    • GAIA Intro -Gaia Overview
    • Advanced IPS
    • CCSBA-Sandblast
    • MTPA-Mobile Threat Prevention Administrator
    • MTPE-Mobile Threat Prevention Engineering
    • Wait for CCSE R80 to be released

I do not see the point to do 2 of the certs to renew the CCSE just for 1 year. The CCSE R80 should be available on Q3 as per Checkpoint. But who knows……

You can read the Check Point Certification  FAQ here

Maybe wait is the best option!  And do the Update exam after.

Bring Check Point CCSE cert to my bag

Since i achieved my Check Point CCSA i´ve decided to go to next level which means CCSE. I used old CBT Nuggets for R65/R70 , Student/Lab guide for R77, and also the Study guide provided by Check Point. I also read a few SKs to help to understand concepts and Blades which i’ve never touched before.

You can find the study guide here.



Videos Overview

1. CCSE Welcome
2. Mgmt High Availability
This will present the student with the concept of deploying a backup Smart Center (Mgmt Server)
3. HA Cluster
This will give the student the first must have skill set and that is clustering Check Point firewalls using an New mode HA multicast configuration.
4. Load Sharing Clusters
This nugget will give the student the skills required to deploy load sharing clusters with unicast and multicast protocols.
5. Smart Update & Local upgrades
This nugget will give the student the skills to upgrade local and remote Check Point firewall deployments.
6. Cluster Trouble Shooting
This nugget will cover the process needed to perform health checks & ensure proper configuration of Check Point Firewalls.
7. Encryption
This nugget will cover the process of what encryption protocols are needed to maintain confidentiality, Integrity and availability of data over VPN’s
8. Domain Based VPN
This nugget will cover the first and most common Check Point VPN using encryption domains.
This nugget will cover the deployment of an SSL remote access VPN using Check Point SSL Network Extender.
10. Remote Access VPN (IKE)
This nugget will cover the deployment of a remote access VPN using Check Point secure client on Windows pc
11. Route Based VPN (VTI)
This nugget will cover configuring point-to-point vpn using VTI. A VTI is an operating system level virtual interface that can be used as a gateway
12. Peer VPN’s
This nugget will cover the options need to setup a VPN with a peer company.
13. SCP on Splat
This nugget will cover the most secure way of transferring files to and from your Check Point Secure Platform devices.
14. Smart Center Recovery
This nugget will cover how to recover a Smart Center Mgmt server from a cpinfo or cpbackup file.
15. Disaster Recovery of Cluster Member
This nugget will cover how to recover a cluster member that has suffered a failure while keeping the organization online.
16. Final Note
In this final nugget we cover some study skills for CCSE prep and some housekeeping tips to maintain your Smart Center mgmt server.
17. CCSE Welcome
What’s new in R70. About this updated series.
18. Mgmt Portal
Virtual machine configuration. Software installation steps. Smart dashboard configuration. Navigation of portal settings.
19. R70 Cluster
SPLAT FW installation. Sysconfig of FW. Cluster object configuration. Policy configuration. Policy installation and verification.
20. Command Line World Part 1
Review of core XL. FW monitor troubleshooting.
21. Command Line World Part 2
Troubleshooting with TCP dump. FW troubleshooting and verification commands.
22. Smart Provisioning
FW object settings. Provisioning profiles. Review of SP gui settings. Deploying FW settings.
23. Smart Analyzer
Software installation. Dashboard object configuration. Server components configuration.
24. Smart Reporter
Gui reporter configuration. Review of report settings


Exam: 156-315.77
: 100 +30 extension
Questions: 70 to 100
Minimum to Pass:70%
Valid for: 2 Years

This time i got 89 questions, and i was scared because i mixed concepts of SmartEvent and i forgot about a few daemons/processes.

I leave here my notes guys to help you out.

And yes, i PASSED! So now i need to wait for my certificate and kit, Check Point needs 6 to 8 weeks to issue that. Shall i go to CCMSE? Maybe later, now it´s time to jump to VMware stuff, because any conversation which has cloud keyword becomes an Hot Topic!




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