Cisco is a perennial front-runner in delivering cutting-edge firewalls for the broadest possible variety of environments. Cisco's Firepower NGFWs Firewalls represent a modern cybersecurity platform that marshals dedicated hardware, cloud-based services, and machine learning to block, identify, and respond to cyber attacks automatically. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE-certified firewall experts can help you to design and carry out a smooth migration to Firepower firewalls from Cisco's from ASA 5500-X, ASA 5500, or PIX firewalls and help you enhance Firepower firewalls with Cisco's cloud-based services to create and centrally manage IT ecosystems that include local offices, data centers, private clouds and public clouds. Progent's firewall consultants can also assist you to maintain and debug legacy Cisco firewalls. Progent's certified cybersecurity experts can assist you with policy creation and tuning based on industry best practices so you can establish a consistent cybersecurity profile across all your networked devices anywhere.

Cisco's Firepower NGFW Firewalls
Cisco's Firepower Next Generation Firewalls deliver a significant performance boost compared to Cisco's previous-generation ASA 5500-X security appliances and include centralized management of advanced cybersecurity features like application visibility and control, next-generation intrusion protection with intelligent prioritization of risks, advanced malware protection (AMP), DDoS mitigation, and sandboxing. For details about Cisco's Firepower line of Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), refer to Firepower Series firewalls consulting experts.

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Cisco's ASA 5500-X and Legacy Firewalls
Cisco's ASA 5500-X, ASA 5500 Series, and PIX firewalls offer integrated firewall, VPN, and intrusion prevention system (IPS) services in single-box devices, delivering a broad range of features to meet the security requirements of organizations from small businesses to enterprises and ISPs. Cisco's ASA 5500-X Series, ASA 5500, and PIX 500 firewall appliances allow IT security teams to defend their network perimeter and provide secure remote access while using powerful management tools based on Cisco's world-class firewall technology.

Cisco's ASA 5500 Series and PIX firewall appliances have reached end-of-life status but remain commonly used in smaller businesses and in a few enterprise data centers. Cisco's ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls deliver significantly more value and have superseded Cisco's ASA 5500 and PIX 500 lines of firewalls for new deployments. Still, Cisco's legacy firewalls, if properly maintained, can offer a high level of security by providing a variety of security functions such as stateful firewall, Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections, and IPS.

After Cisco's acquisition of Sourcefire, the entire line of Cisco ASA 5500-X devices can be configured to enable Firepower Services, built on Sourcefire's Snort technology, which is the world's most deployed intrusion protection system. Firepower services provide powerful new features such as advanced malware protection (AMP), URL filtering, dynamic threat analytics, and automation.

Progent's Cisco-certified infrastructure consultants can assist you to support and troubleshoot older ASA 5500 and PIX 500 firewalls and can also assist you to plan and carry out a smooth migration to Cisco's ASA 5500-X Series firewalls with Firepower Services. Progent can also help you to plan, deploy, tune, administer and debug new firewall ecosystems built on Cisco's latest ASA 5500-X models with Firepower Services. Progent's firewall consultants can also help you to migrate from your Cisco ASA 5500-X Series deployment to Cisco's latest Firepower Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs).

Cisco's ASA 5500-X Firewall Product Family
Cisco's comprehensive family of ASA 5500-X firewalls features an enhanced substitute for each rack-mountable unit in the previous ASA 5500 series of devices. Each ASA 5500-X firewall targets the same market as the corresponding previous models, which offers most plenty of room for picking a solution that meets their security needs and IT budgets. All ASA 5500-X firewalls are based on Cisco's tested stateful-inspection firewall technology and all include 64-bit hardware with multicore CPUs and are capable of running Cisco's powerful protection services. All devices in Cisco's ASA 5500-X product line deliver consistent protection across any combination of physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Cisco ASA 5500-X Firepower Consultants

For additional information about ASA 5500-X firewalls, Cisco Firepower services, and Progent's support for ASA security appliances, go to Cisco Firepower configuration and troubleshooting expertise

Firepower Services for ASA 5500-X Firewalls
Cisco ASA 5500-X security appliances work with software or hardware modules that enable Cisco's Firepower Services, which offer layered defense against multi-vector threats. Firepower Services are based on technology acquired by Cisco from Sourcefire. Major capabilities of Firepower Services for ASA 5500-X security appliances include:

  • Multi-layer defense against both familiar and zero-day threats
  • Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) that uses big data techniques to discover and remediate intrusions
  • Cisco's Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) that provides contextual analysis that looks at clients, infrastructure, software applications, and content to discover threats that incorporate simultaneous approaches
  • High-resolution Application Visibility and Control (AVC that is aware of thousands of applications and can automatically launch standard and custom IPS policies based on the degree of risk
Cisco Firepower Configuration Expertise

Firepower Services for Cisco ASA firewalls offer advanced multi-layered security

Smaller deployments of Cisco ASA 5500-X firewalls can be effectively administered using Cisco's on-device Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) Adaptive Security Device Manager, a web-based utility provided with all ASA 5500-X versions. ASDM provides a convenient web console for configuring, managing, and debugging ASA 5500-X firewalls and service modules.

For multi-device and multi-site environments, ASA 5500-X appliances with Firepower Services can be administered using Cisco's Firepower Management Center, implemented as one or several physical units or virtual devices. Cisco's Firepower Management Center offers unified firewall management, Application Visibility and Control (AVC, enhanced IPS, URL filtering, and Advanced Malware Protection. Due to ongoing rebranding after Cisco's purchase of Sourcefire Defense Center, Cisco's Firepower Management Center has been delivered under various names that include Defense Center, FireSIGHT Defense Center, and FireSIGHT Management Center.

Cisco Firepower Management Center Consulting

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

Firepower Management Center provides features beyond those available with Cisco's on-box ASDM tool. Extra capabilities include expanded context awareness, Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with remediation for user devices, a dashboard that provides real-time infrastructure visualization, automated policy tuning based on impact assessment of threats, advanced IPS, custom app detectors for Application Visibility and Control (AVC), customized health alerts, improved reporting options, and APIs for host input and database access. Hardware-dependent capabilities such as clustering, stacking, switching, routing, VPN, and NAT must be managed using either Cisco's ASA 5500-X on-device ASDM or the ASA 5500-X CLI.

Cisco ASA 5500 Adaptive Security Appliances
Cisco ASA Firewalls leverage engineering developed for the Cisco PIX 500 Series firewall, the Cisco IPS 4200 Intrusion Prevention System, and the VPN 3000 model concentrator. These technologies enable the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances Firewall family to deliver a platform that stops the broadest range of threats. Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances 5500 Series Firewalls provide application protection, network containment, and clean Virtual Private Network connectivity across Cisco's product portfolio. This breadth of security enables defense of any network section, including the most common threat vectors such as remote sites, locally-connected internal users, and off-site access VPNs.

Cisco ASA 5500 Consulting and Troubleshooting
The scalable architecture of the ASA 5500 family allows you to add security services via security service modules and security service cards. These user-installable enhancements give you the ability to add IPS and content protection services such as blocking virus, spyware, and phishing assaults and performing data and URL filtering. Beside allowing your IT staff to respond quickly to the latest risk environments, the expandable architecture of the ASA 5500 Series also protects your capital investment by increasing the useful life of your firewalls. The ASA 5500 Series also protects your investment in administrative team education by supporting the familiar library of PIX 500 management tools and protocols such as the Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager platform, secure command-line interface access, verbose syslog, and Simple Network Management Protocol.

Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewalls provide a high-level of application protection via smart, application-sensitive inspection processes that examine network flows at Layers 4-7. This results in a safer network covering Web, voice, and mobile wireless services. To defend against application-layer assaults and to offer better policing of the programs and protocols utilized in their networks, Cisco's inspection engines integrate extensive application and protocol knowledge and rely on security enforcement technologies that include anomaly detection and state tracking. Also incorporated are attack sensing and remediation techniques such as application and protocol command filtering and URL deobfuscation. Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewall inspection engines also provide management of IM and tunneling applications, allowing organizations to enforce usage policies and conserve bandwidth for critical business processes.

For additional details about Progent's support services for Cisco's ASA 5500 firewalls, visit Cisco ASA 5500 firewalls integration and debugging services.

Cisco PIX Security Appliance Series
Based upon a tested, specialized software platform that offers rich protection services, Cisco PIX firewalls offer excellent protection and have been awarded Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4 status and ICSA Firewall and IP Security (IPsec) certification. PIX security appliances provide security for a broad array of Voice over IP and other mixed-media conventions including H.323 Version 4, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), SCCP, RTSP, and Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP), helping organizations to protect installations of a wide range of contemporary and upcoming IP voice and video applications.

PIX Firewalls Consulting
PIX security appliances feature a variety of setup, monitoring, and troubleshooting options, giving businesses the flexibility to use the methods that most closely match their needs. Management options include common, policy-based management tools, integrated web-accessible management, and compatibility with remote-tracking protocols such as SNMP and syslog. The integrated ASDM system offers a world-class Web-based control solution that significantly simplifies the installation, ongoing modification, and tracking of a specific Cisco PIX security appliance without requiring any additional utility beyond an ordinary Web browser and Java plug-in to be installed on an administrator's PC.

IT managers can also remotely set up, track, and analyze PIX firewalls via a command-line interface (CLI). Safe command-line interface communication is available using a number of methods such as Secure Shell (SSHv2) Protocol, Telnet over IPsec, and out-of-band via a console port. PIX firewalls also have dependable auto-update features, a set of revolutionary secure remote-management services that make sure that firewall configurations and software images are kept up to date.

For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco PIX security appliances, see Cisco PIX firewalls configuration and debugging consulting.

Progent's Migration Consulting for Cisco Firewalls
Since Cisco has discontinued offering the PIX 500 and ASA 5500 families of firewalls, many companies are uncomfortable with relying on a critical infrastructure component that may stop being supported by Cisco. ASA 5500-X and Firepower Series security appliances offer the advantage of being current devices and also offer several functions and budgetary benefits in comparison to PIX 500 devices. These benefits include substantially higher throughput, optional Secure Sockets Layer tunneling capability, and a modular design that protects your investment by enabling you to self-install new security services when and if you require them. Progent's CCIE-certified experts can assist your company to determine the business case for upgrading from PIX or Cisco ASA 5500 security appliances, design a migration process that allows for a fast and non-disruptive upgrade, help you to set up new ASA 5500-x or Firepower Series firewalls, and provide online, consulting, and troubleshooting services.

Additional Ways Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco ASA and PIX Security Appliances
Cisco Firepower Series, ASA Series, and PIX family security appliances incorporate an array of configuration, tracking, and analysis features which offer you the ability to configure these security appliances to match your company's needs. Progent's CCIE authorized network consultants can show you how to design a cost-effective network infrastructure that incorporates Cisco firewall technology and that provides world-class security, resilience, throughput, and manageability. Progent's CISA and CISM-premier IS security experts can help you to create a security strategy appropriate for your business and can set up your PIX or ASA firewall to support your security policies. Progent's risk assessment professionals can assess the strength of your existing firewall solution and validate the overall security of your entire IS environment. Progent's Help Desk support team can provide emergency remote technical support for Cisco technology and offer quick access to a Cisco CCIE network engineer.

To find out more details concerning Progent's engineering assistance for Cisco technology, select a topic:

Integration of Cisco and Third-party Firewall 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 ask Progent about engineering help for Cisco technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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