How I  Passed the 300-710 Exam  

Last week I passed my Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower(300-710 SNCF) exam. I needed this exam to complete my Cisco Certified Network Professional – CCNP Security certification. It is the second and final exam of my track, the first exam I took in this track was the core exam: 350-701 SCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR). With this exam, I have earned the CCNP Security certification. I found it a tough exam but I was able to pass it on the first attempt. In the following paragraphs, I will share my experience with the exam: Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower (300-710 SNCF).

Let me begin with my introduction. I am a Network Security Engineer in a Broadband Internet Service Provider. I am having around 5 years of experience in the field of network security. I joined the job as an Associate Security Engineer after graduation. I did the Cisco Certified Network Associate – CCNA during my last year in college and it helped me a lot in getting my first job right after the completion of my degree. After three years of service, I was promoted to the post of Network Security Engineer (My Current Position) It’s been two years since I am working in this position. Now I want to move further in my career as some more senior positions in our department are being introduced. For the post of Senior Network Security Engineer, I need to have the Cisco Certified Network Professional or CCNP in the security domain. I took the chance and opted for the same. First, I passed the mandatory core exam: 350-701 SCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR) one and a half months ago, then last week I passed the optional concentration exam to complete my certification requirement. From concentration exams, I chose Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower (300-710 SNCF). For both of the exams, I got the training material from I chose the PDF + Testing Engine package from DumpsLeader as it is a comprehensive training package for the preparation of the exam.  DumpsLeader offers a money-back guarantee on all the training material they provide. I found the practice tests from DumpsLeader to be very precise as they are prepared by the professional. Practice tests provided me a real-time evaluation of your preparation. Braindumps from the DumpsLeader were also very helpful in the preparation for the exam: 300-710 SNCF. The testing engine is a great tool to evaluate your preparation level. With the help of innovative training material, I was fully prepared to go for the Cisco 300-710 SNCF exam dumps after 4 weeks. After a week of revision, I took the exam. I was able to pass the (300-710 SNCF) exam in my first attempt while securing 91% marks. With this exam, I earned the CCNP Security certification. One more thing which I must tell you that I have been selected for the post of Senior Network Security Engineer and will be taking charge of the same next week.

Following is a brief introduction to the 300-710 certification exam.

Exam overview

This exam tests your knowledge of Cisco Firepower® Threat Defense and Firepower® 7000 and 8000 Series virtual appliances, including:

  • Policy configurations
  • Integrations
  • Deployments
  • Management and troubleshooting


Certification: CCNP Security, CCIE Security, Cisco Certified Specialist – Security Core

Duration: 90 minutes

Exam Description

Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower v1.0 (SNCF 300-710) is a 90-minute exam associated with the CCNP Security Certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of Cisco Firepower® Threat Defense and Firepower®, including policy configurations, integrations, deployments, management, and troubleshooting. These courses, Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower, and Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System help candidates prepare for this exam.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. To better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

30% 1.0 Deployment

1.1 Implement NGFW modes

1.1.a Routed mode

1.1.b Transparent mode

1.2 Implement NGIPS modes

1.2.a Passive

1.2.b Inline

1.3 Implement high availability options

1.3.a Link redundancy

1.3.b Active/standby failover

1.3.c Multi-instance

1.4 Describe IRB configurations

30% 2.0 Configuration

2.1 Configure system settings in Cisco Firepower Management Center

2.2 Configure these policies in Cisco Firepower Management Center

2.2.a Access control

2.2.b Intrusion

2.2.c Malware and file

2.2.d DNS

2.2.e Identity

2.2.f SSL

2.2.g Prefilter

2.3 Configure these features using Cisco Firepower Management Center

2.3.a Network discovery

2.3.b Application detectors (Open AppID)

2.3.c Correlation

2.3.d Actions

2.4 Configure objects using Firepower Management Center

2.4.a Object Management

2.4.b Intrusion Rules

2.5 Configure devices using Firepower Management Center

2.5.a Device Management

2.5.b NAT

2.5.c VPN

2.5.d QoS

2.5.e Platform Settings

2.5.f Certificates

25% 3.0 Management and Troubleshooting

3.1 Troubleshoot with FMC CLI and GUI

3.2 Configure dashboards and reporting in FMC

3.3 Troubleshoot using packet capture procedures

3.4 Analyze risk and standard reports

15% 4.0 Integration

4.1 Configure Cisco AMP for Networks in Firepower Management Center

4.2 Configure Cisco AMP for Endpoints in Firepower Management Center

4.3 Implement Threat Intelligence Director for third-party security intelligence feeds

4.4 Describe using Cisco Threat Response for security investigations

4.5 Describe Cisco FMC PxGrid Integration with Cisco Identify Services Engine (ISE)

4.6 Describe Rapid Threat Containment (RTC) functionality within Firepower Management Center


With the unprecedented growth of the internet, the cloud, and IoT in the last two decades, cyber threats have also increased in the same proportion. With the growing dependency on the internet, cybersecurity has become a primary concern of almost every business.  Cisco is the backbone of WAN infrastructures worldwide. This makes Cisco platform professionals among the most in-demand people in the job market. CCNP Security and Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security Firepower are among the most rewarding certifications for a Network Security Engineer. The exam: Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower(300-710 SNCF) is part of both CCNP Security and Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security Firepower which makes it an important exam.


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