Certified Wireless Security Professional

The CWSP certification is a professional level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program. The CWSP certification will advance your career by ensuring you have the skills to successfully secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks from hackers, no matter which brand of Wi-Fi gear your organization deploys.

The Certification Magazine annual salary survey results for CWSP show a consistent annual increase in the average salary for CWSPs since 2005.

Average Salary for CWSP (US):

2005 – $83,000
2006 – $88,000
2007 – $87,000
2008 – $95,120

About the CWSP Certification

CWSP (PW0-204) Exam Summary

  • Exam Number: PW0-204
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Questions: 60
  • Question Types: Multiple choice / multiple answer
  • Passing Score: 70% (80% for Instructors)
  • Available Languages: English

The main subject areas covered by CWSP

  • WLAN Discovery Techniques
  • Intrusion and Attack Techniques
  • 802.11 Protocol Analysis
  • Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS) Implementation
  • Layer 2 and 3 VPNs used over 802.11 networks
  • Enterprise/SMB/SOHO/Public-Network Security design models
  • Managed Endpoint Security Systems802.11 Authentication and Key Management Protocols
  • Enterprise/SMB/SOHO/Public-Network Security Solution Implmentation
  • Building Robust Security Networks from the ground up
  • Fast BSS Transition (aka. Fast/Secure Roaming) Techniques
  • Thorough coverage of all 802.1X/EAP types used in WLANs
  • Wireless LAN Management Systems (WNMS)
  • Authentication Infrastructure Design Models
  • Using Secure Applications
  • 802.11 Design Architectures
  • Implementing a Thorough Wireless Security Policy

However you choose to prepare for the CWSP exam, you should start with the exam objectives (PDF), which cover the full list of skills tested on the exam.

NOTE:  During the exam, you are not allowed to mark a question to return to that question, nor are you allowed to go back to any question on the exam once you have answered that question.

Before you take any CWNP certification exam, you need to be familiar with the CWNP exam terminology (PDF) used in the CWTS, CWNA, CWSP, and CWNE exams.