Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP)

Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)


Credential: Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) is a professional level certification for a WLAN subject matter expert (SME). A CWSP assists in the creation and implementation of an organization’s enforceable security policy by following applicable regulations, standards, and accepted best practices. A CWSP effectively uses appropriate tools and procedures to ensure the ongoing security of the network. Candidates must have a current CWNA credential to take the CWSP exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: CWNA
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP)

2224 Sedwick Drive
Suite 102
Durham, NC  27713

Phone: (866) 438-2963

Fax: (919) 287-2952
Email: customercare@cwnp.com

Written Exam CWSP-206

  • Security Policy (10%)
    • 1.1 Define WLAN security Requirements
    • 1.2 Develop WLAN security policies
    • 1.3 Ensure proper training is administered for all stakeholders related to security policies and ongoing security awareness
  • Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Attacks (30%)
    • 2.1 Identify potential vulnerabilities and threats to determine the impact on the WLAN and supporting systems and verify, mitigate, and remediate them
    • 2.2 Describe and perform risk analysis and risk mitigation procedures
  • WLAN Security Design and Architecture (45%)
    • 3.1 Select the appropriate security solution for a given implementation and ensure it is installed and configured according to policy requirements
    • 3.2 Implement or recommend appropriate wired security configurations to support the WLAN
    • 3.3 Implement authentication and security services
    • 4.3 Use information from monitoring solutions for load observation and forecasting of future requirements to comply with security policy
    • 3.4 Implement secure transitioning (roaming) solutions
    • 4.4 Implement appropriate maintenance procedures including license management, sofware/code upgrades, and configuration management
    • 3.5 Secure public access and/or open networks
    • 3.6 Implement preventative measures required for common vulnerabilities associated with wireless infrastructure devices and avoid weak security solutions
  • Security Lifecycle Management (15%)
    • 4.1 Understand and implement management within the security lifecycle of identify, assess, protect, and monitor
    • 4.2 Use effective change management procedures including documentation, approval, and notifications
    • 4.5 Implement effective auditing procedures to perform audits, analyze results, and generate reports

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CWSP certification is valid for three years. To recertify, one must have a current CWNA credential and pass the current CWSP exam, or earn the CWNE certification. By passing the CWSP exam, the CWNA certification will be renewed for an another three years. 

    Additional information about recertification can be found on the CWNP website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

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6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

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12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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