Cisco is a long-time front-runner in delivering cutting-edge firewall appliances for the broadest possible range of environments. Cisco's Firepower NGFWs Firewalls provide a modern cybersecurity solution that marshals sophisticated hardware, cloud-based services, and machine learning to anticipate, identify, and respond to cyber attacks without manual intervention. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE-certified firewall experts can assist you to design and execute a smooth migration to Firepower Series firewalls from Cisco's legacy ASA 5500-X, ASA 5500, or PIX appliances and show you how to enhance Firepower appliances with Cisco's cloud-based services to build and centrally control IT ecosystems that span branch offices, data centers, private clouds and public clouds. Progent can also help you to maintain and debug older-generation Cisco firewalls. Progent's certified cybersecurity experts can assist you with policy creation driven by leading best practices so you can establish a consistent security posture across all your networked devices anywhere.

Cisco's Firepower NGFW Firewalls
Cisco's Firepower Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) provide a significant performance improvement over Cisco's previous-generation ASA 5500-X firewalls and include centralized management and automation of advanced cybersecurity capabilities like application visibility and control (AVC), next-generation intrusion protection (NGIPS) with intelligent prioritization of risks, advanced malware protection, DDoS mitigation, and sandboxing. For details about Cisco's Firepower family of NGFWs Firewalls, refer to Cisco Firepower firewalls integration services.

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Cisco's ASA 5500-X and Legacy Firewalls
Ciscoís ASA 5500-X Series, ASA 5500 Series, and PIX 500 firewall appliances offer combined firewall, IPsec VPN, and intrusion prevention system (IPS) services in compact single-box packages, delivering a broad range of features to match the security and compliance requirements of companies ranging from small businesses to enterprises and Internet service providers. Ciscoís ASA 5500-X Series, ASA 5500, and PIX firewalls enable network security teams to defend their network perimeter and offer secure offsite and mobile access while using powerful administration tools built on Cisco's industry-leading firewall products.

Ciscoís ASA 5500 Series and PIX firewall appliances have reached end-of-life but remain widely deployed in smaller organizations as well as in a few enterprise networks. The ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls represent substantially more value and have superseded the ASA 5500 and PIX lines of firewalls for new installations. Still, Cisco's legacy firewall appliances, if carefully managed, can offer a high level of protection by providing multiple security functions including firewall, IPsec VPN, and IPS.

Following Cisco's acquisition of Sourcefire, the whole family of ASA 5500-X devices can be provisioned to support Firepower Services, built on Sourcefire's Snort product, which is the market's most popular intrusion protection system. Firepower services provide powerful new features such as advanced malware protection (AMP), URL filtering, real-time threat analytics, and security automation.

Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network engineers can help your organization to maintain and troubleshoot older ASA 5500 and PIX firewalls and can also assist you to plan and implement an efficient migration to Ciscoís ASA 5500-X Series firewalls with Firepower Services. Progent can also help you to plan, deploy, optimize, administer and debug new firewall ecosystems built on Cisco's current ASA 5500-X firewalls with Firepower. Progent's firewall consultants can also assist your organization to migrate from your Cisco ASA 5500-X deployment to Cisco's latest Firepower Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs).

Cisco's ASA 5500-X Firewall Product Family
Cisco's extensive line of ASA 5500-X firewalls includes an improved replacement for each rack-mountable unit in the previous ASA 5500 line of firewalls. Each ASA 5500-X model is suited for the same market as the associated previous models, which offers small and midsize businesses ample room for picking a firewall that aligns with their security requirements and IT budgets. All ASA 5500-X products build on Cisco's proven stateful-inspection firewall technology and all incorporate purpose-built 64-bit hardware with multicore processors and are capable of running Cisco's advanced security services. All devices in Cisco's ASA 5500-X product line provide consistent security across any combination of physical, virtual, and cloud deployments.

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Cisco's Firepower Services for ASA 5500-X Security Appliances
Cisco ASA 5500-X security appliances work with software or physical modules that support Firepower Services, which offer layered defense against multi-vector attacks. Firepower Services are based on technology adopted by Cisco from Sourcefire. Major features of Firepower Services for ASA firewalls include:

  • Layered protection against both familiar and zero-day threats
  • Advanced Malware Protection that utilizes big data to discover and remediate security breaches
  • A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System that provides contextual analysis that covers users, network infrastructure, apps, and content to detect threats that incorporate simultaneous approaches
  • High-resolution Application Visibility and Control (AVC that is familiar with thousands of applications and can automatically launch standard and custom IPS policies based on the degree of risk
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Firepower Services for ASA 5500-X firewalls provide advanced multi-layered protection

Simpler implementations of Cisco ASA firewalls can be efficiently managed via Cisco's on-device Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) Adaptive Security Device Manager, a web tool provided with all ASA 5500-X versions. ASDM provides an easy-to-use web console for deploying, administering, and debugging ASA 5500-X firewalls and service modules.

For multi-device and multi-site deployments, ASA 5500-X appliances with Firepower can be administered using Firepower Management Center, available as one or several physical units or virtual devices. Firepower Management Center provides centralized firewall management, Application Visibility and Control (AVC, enhanced IPS, URL filtering, and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP). Due to frequent rebranding since Cisco's acquisition of Sourcefire Defense Center, Firepower Management Center has been offered under several names that include Cisco Defense Center, Cisco Firesight Defense Center, and FireSIGHT Management Center.

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Firepower Management Center centralizes event and policy management for Firepower firewall appliances

Cisco's Firepower Management Center offers capabilities beyond those available with Cisco's on-box ASDM utility. Additional capabilities include greater context awareness, Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with remediation for user devices, a console that offers dynamic network infrastructure visualization, automated policy optimization based on risk assessment of threats, advanced IPS, custom application discovery for Application Visibility and Control (AVC), customized health notifications, enhanced reporting options, and APIs for host input and databases. Hardware-dependent options like clustering, stacking, switching, routing, VPN, and NAT must be handled using either Cisco's ASA 5500-X on-box ASDM or the ASA command line interface.

Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances 5500 Series Firewalls leverage engineering developed for the PIX 500 Series Security Appliance, Cisco's IPS 4200 family sensor, and the Cisco VPN 3000 Series concentrator. These solutions enable the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances 5500 Series Firewall family to offer a platform that stops the widest variety of attacks. Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) 5500 Series Firewalls deliver application security, local containment, and safe VPN connectivity across the entire product portfolio. This breadth of security allows the guarding of any network segment, which includes the most common attack vectors like remote locations, LAN-attached internal users, and remote access VPNs.

ASA 5500 Series Consulting and Technical Support
The scalable architecture of the ASA 5500 family enables you to add more features by installing security service modules (SSMs) and cards. These user-installable options give you the option of adding Intrusion Protection and content protection services like filtering virus, worms, and phishing assaults and performing file and web filtering. In addition to allowing you to react quickly to the latest threat vectors, the expandable architecture of the ASA 5500 Series also leverages your capital investment by prolonging the life of your security appliances. The ASA 5500 Series also protects your investment in IT staff training by supporting the familiar library of PIX 500 management tools and protocols including the Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) platform, protected command-line interface access, verbose syslog, and Simple Network Management Protocol.

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances firewalls deliver robust application security through smart, application-sensitive inspection processes that examine network flows at Layers 4-7. The result is a more secure environment covering Web, voice, and mobile wireless access. To protect against application-layer assaults and to offer better control over the programs and protocols used in their environments, these inspection engines integrate extensive application and protocol knowledge and rely on protection enforcement technologies such as protocol anomaly detection and state monitoring. Also incorporated are attack detection and remediation techniques including application and protocol command filtering and content verification. Cisco ASA firewall inspection engines also provide control over IM and tunneling applications, enabling organizations to police usage policies and free up bandwidth for critical business applications.

For additional information about Progent's support services for ASA 5500 security appliances, go to Cisco ASA 5500 series firewalls configuration and troubleshooting services.

PIX Firewalls
Based around a hardened, specialized operating system that offers rich security services, PIX firewall appliances offer a high level of security and have earned Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4 status and ICSA Firewall and IP Security qualification. Cisco PIX firewall appliances provide security for a broad range of Voice over IP and other mixed-media conventions including H.323 Version 4, SIP, Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP), Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), and Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP), enabling organizations to safeguard installations of a broad array of current and next-generation Voice over IP and mixed-media applications.

Cisco PIX Firewalls Experts
Cisco PIX security appliances feature a wealth of configuration, tracking, and troubleshooting features, providing IT managers the flexibility to utilize the techniques that most closely match their needs. Administrative solutions include common, policy-based administration tools, integrated web-based management, and support for remote-monitoring standards such as SNMP and syslog. The integrated ASDM system offers a powerful Web-based control platform that significantly simplifies the deployment, ongoing configuration, and monitoring of a specific PIX firewall appliance without requiring any additional utility other than a standard Web browser and Java plug-in to be running on an administrator's PC.

Administrators can also remotely set up, track, and analyze Cisco PIX firewalls via a CLI interface. Safe CLI interface access is available using several methods such as SSHv2 Protocol, Telnet over IPsec, and out-of-band via a console port. PIX firewalls also have robust automatic-update capabilities, a collection of revolutionary secure remote-administration services that make sure that firewall configurations and software images are always current.

For additional information about Progent's consulting services for PIX security appliances, go to PIX 500 firewalls configuration and debugging consulting.

Progent's Migration Support Services for Cisco Firewalls
Since Cisco has stopped offering the PIX and ASA 5500 product lines, many companies are concerned about depending on a key infrastructure mechanism that might no longer be supported. Cisco ASA 5500-X and Firepower Series firewalls have the benefit of being new products and also bring several technical and budgetary advantages in comparison to PIX firewalls. These advantages include significantly higher performance, optional SSL tunneling support, and a modular architecture that guards your investment by allowing you to self-install new security services whenever you need them. Progent's CCIE-certified experts can help you to assess the strategic case for upgrading from PIX or ASA 5500 security appliances, create a migration plan that permits a quick and seamless changeover, help you to install new ASA 5500-x Series or Firepower NGFW Series firewalls, and provide remote training, consulting, and troubleshooting services.

Other Ways Progent Can Assist You with Cisco ASA and PIX Security Appliances
Cisco Firepower Series, ASA Series, and PIX security appliances provide an array of setup, monitoring, and troubleshooting features that give you the ability to configure these security appliances to align optimally with your company's needs. Progent's CCIE authorized network professionals can assist you to build an efficient network infrastructure that includes Cisco firewalls and that offers advanced security, resilience, throughput, and manageability. Progent's CISA and CISSP-ISSP-certified information security experts can help you to develop a security strategy appropriate for your situation and can set up your PIX or ASA firewall to support your security strategy. Progent's security evaluation consultants can assess the strength of your current firewall deployment and help determine the overall security of your entire information system environment. Progentís Technical Response Center can deliver urgent remote troubleshooting for Cisco technology and can give you quick access to a Cisco expert.

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Integration of Cisco and Third-party Security Technology
Progent offers expertise in firewall and VPN products from all major vendors and can help you integrate Cisco technology with additional security solutions to help you build a cost-effective network infrastructure that provides a level of security and flexibility appropriate for your business. Third-party firewall and VPN support services available from Progent include:

In order to get in touch with Progent about technical assistance for Cisco technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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