According to Cisco course documentation, as the CCSP candidate studies the SAFE documents and reviews materials from the other four exams in preparation for the SAFE Implementation Exam the following specific skills should be used as a readiness measure.
Describe the four types of security threats.
Describe common attack methods and techniques used by hackers.
List the general recommendations for mitigating common attack methods and techniques.
Identify the components of a complete security policy.
Identify the security issues implicit in common management protocols.
Discuss the SAFE design philosophy and how it impacts the decision making process.
List the devices that are part of the Cisco security portfolio.
Understand the basic guidelines to use for product selection.
Identify the functions of the key modules and key devices in a small network.
Identify the specific threats to a small network.
Describe the mitigation roles of Cisco devices in a small network.
Implement specific configurations to apply the mitigation roles in a small network.
Recommend alternative devices that can fulfill the same mitigation roles in a small network.
Recommend alternative devices that can fulfill the same mitigation roles in a medium network.
Early responses from those taking this exam emphasize the importance of knowing all of the technologies covered in the other four exams. Assume that anything covered in the other exams is fair game including simulations evaluating your ability to configure the device or VPN links between any covered technologies.