Cisco is a long-time front-runner in developing state-of-the-art firewall appliances for the widest possible variety of deployments. Cisco's Firepower NGFWs Firewalls represent an advanced cybersecurity solution that marshals sophisticated hardware, cloud services, and machine learning to anticipate, identify, and respond to threats without manual intervention. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE firewall consultants can assist your organization to plan and carry out an efficient migration to Cisco Firepower Series firewalls from Cisco's legacy ASA 5500-X, ASA 5500, or PIX firewalls and help you integrate Firepower firewalls with Cisco's security services to create and centrally manage IT ecosystems that span local offices, data centers, private clouds and public clouds. Progent can also help you to maintain and troubleshoot legacy Cisco security appliances. Progent's certified cybersecurity experts can assist you with policy creation driven by leading best practices in order to build a consistent and effective security posture across all your endpoints anywhere.

Cisco's Firepower NGFW Firewall Appliances
Cisco's Firepower NGFWs Firewalls deliver a significant performance boost over Cisco's popular ASA 5500-X firewalls and include unified control of advanced security features such as application visibility and control, next-generation intrusion protection with intelligent prioritization of risks, advanced malware protection, distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, and sandboxing. For details about Cisco's Firepower family of Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), refer to Firepower firewalls integration experts.

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Cisco's ASA 5500-X and Legacy Firewalls
Cisco's ASA 5500-X, ASA 5500 Series, and PIX firewalls provide integrated firewall, IPsec VPN, and IPS capabilities in single-box devices, delivering a broad array of features to meet the security and compliance needs of companies ranging from small and mid-size businesses to enterprises and ISPs. Cisco's ASA 5500-X Series, ASA 5500, and PIX 500 firewalls allow network security teams to protect their network perimeter and provide safe remote connectivity while utilizing powerful management tools based on Cisco's world-class firewall products.

Cisco's ASA 5500 and PIX firewalls have reached end-of-life (EOL) but remain widely used in small and mid-size businesses and in a few larger networks. Cisco's ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls represent significantly more value and have superseded the ASA 5500 and PIX 500 families of firewalls for new deployments. However, Cisco's older model firewalls, if carefully maintained, continue to offer a high level of protection by supplying multiple security functions including stateful firewall, VPN tunneling, and IPS.

After Cisco's acquisition of Sourcefire, the whole line of Cisco ASA 5500-X devices can be configured to enable Firepower Services, built on Sourcefire's Snort product, which is the world's most popular intrusion protection system (IPS). Firepower services provide enhanced capabilities including advanced malware protection (AMP), URL filtering, dynamic threat analytics, and security automation.

Progent's Cisco CCIE-premier network consultants can assist your organization to support and troubleshoot legacy ASA 5500 Series and PIX firewall appliances and can also help you to plan and carry out an efficient upgrade to Cisco's ASA 5500-X Series firewalls with Firepower Services. Progent can also help you to plan, deploy, tune, administer and troubleshoot new firewall ecosystems built on Cisco's latest ASA 5500-X firewalls with Firepower. Progent can also assist your organization to migrate from your Cisco ASA 5500-X deployment to Cisco's Firepower Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs).

Cisco's ASA 5500-X Firewall Product Family
Cisco's comprehensive family of ASA 5500-X firewalls includes an enhanced substitute for each rack-mountable model in the older ASA 5500 series of firewalls. Each ASA 5500-X model targets the same environment as the corresponding previous models, which offers small and midsize businesses plenty of room for picking a solution that aligns with their security needs and budgets. All ASA 5500-X firewalls build on Cisco's tested stateful-inspection firewall technology and all incorporate 64-bit hardware with multicore CPUs and are capable of running Cisco's powerful protection services. All models in Cisco's ASA 5500-X product line provide consistent security across any mix of physical, virtual, and cloud deployments.

Cisco ASA 5500-X Firepower Consultants

For more details about ASA 5500-X firewalls, Firepower services, and Progent's support for Cisco ASA 5500-X security appliances, go to Cisco Firepower integration and troubleshooting expertise

Firepower Services for ASA 5500-X Security Appliances
Cisco ASA 5500-X security appliances accept software or hardware modules that enable Firepower Services, which provide layered protection against multi-vector attacks. Cisco's Firepower Services are powered by technology acquired by Cisco from Sourcefire. Key features of Firepower Services for ASA firewalls include:

  • Multi-layer defense against both familiar and new attacks
  • Advanced Malware Protection that utilizes big data techniques to find and remediate intrusions
  • A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) that provides contextual analysis that covers clients, infrastructure, software applications, and content to discover attacks that use multiple vectors
  • High-resolution Application Visibility and Control (AVC that is familiar with thousands of apps and can automatically activate both standard and custom IPS policies depending on the degree of risk
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Firepower Services for Cisco ASA 5500-X firewalls provide advanced multi-layered protection

Simpler deployments of ASA 5500-X firewalls can be efficiently managed using Cisco's on-device Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) Adaptive Security Device Manager, a web utility provided with all ASA 5500-X versions. ASDM includes an easy-to-use web console for deploying, administering, and troubleshooting ASA 5500-X appliances and modules.

For more complex environments, ASA 5500-X firewalls with Firepower Services can be administered using Cisco's Firepower Management Center, available as one or several physical or virtual appliances. Firepower Management Center provides centralized firewall management, Application Visibility and Control, enhanced IPS, URL filtering, and Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP). Because of ongoing rebranding since Cisco's purchase of Sourcefire Defense Center, Firepower Management Center has been offered under various names including Cisco Defense Center, FireSIGHT Defense Center, and Cisco Firesight Management Center.

Cisco Firepower Management Center Consulting

Cisco Firepower Management Center unifies event and policy management for Firepower firewalls

Cisco's Firepower Management Center offers capabilities beyond those available with Cisco's on-box Adaptive Security Device Manager utility. Extra features include expanded context awareness, Advanced Malware Protection with remediation for client devices, a console that provides dynamic infrastructure visualization, automated policy tuning driven by impact assessment of attacks, comprehensive IPS, custom app detectors for Application Visibility and Control, customized health alerts, enhanced reporting features, and application interfaces for host input and databases. Hardware-dependent options such as clustering, stacking, switching, routing, VPN, and NAT must be handled via Cisco's ASA 5500-X on-box ASDM or the ASA command line interface.

Cisco ASA 5500 Firewalls
Cisco ASA Firewalls build on technology developed for the PIX 500 Security Appliance, the IPS 4200 family Intrusion Prevention System, and Cisco's VPN 3000 family concentrator. These solutions enable the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances 5500 Series Firewall product line to deliver a platform that defends against the widest variety of attacks. Cisco ASA 5500 Series Firewalls provide program security, network containment, and clean VPN connectivity throughout the entire product portfolio. This broad scope of protection allows defense of any network segment, which includes the most common threat vectors like remote sites, locally-attached internal users, and remote connected Virtual Private Networks.

ASA 5500 Consulting Services and Troubleshooting
The scalable architecture of the ASA 5500 family allows you to add more security services by installing service modules and security service cards. These easy-to-install options provide the ability to add IPS and content protection functions like blocking virus, spyware, and phishing attacks and performing data and URL screening. Beside enabling your IT staff to react quickly to new threat environments, the expandable architecture of the Cisco ASA 5500 Series also protects your capital investment by increasing the useful life of your security appliances. The ASA 5500 family also protects your investment in administrative team education by supporting the rich library of PIX security management utilities and protocols including the Cisco ASDM platform, protected command-line interface access, verbose syslog, and Simple Network Management Protocol.

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances 5500 Series firewalls deliver robust application protection via intelligent, application-aware inspection engines that analyze network flows at Layers 4-7. This produces a safer environment covering Web, voice, and mobile wireless access. To defend networks against application-layer attacks and to provide better policing of the programs and protocols utilized in their networks, these inspection engines incorporate extensive application and protocol knowledgebases and employ protection enforcement solutions such as protocol anomaly sensing and application and protocol state monitoring. Also incorporated are assault detection and mitigation technology such as application and protocol command filters and URL deobfuscation. Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) firewall inspection engines also deliver management of instant messaging and tunneling applications, allowing organizations to enforce usage policies and recover bandwidth for important business processes.

For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's ASA 5500 security appliances, see Cisco ASA 5500 series firewalls integration and troubleshooting services.

PIX Security Appliance Series
Based around a tested, purpose-built software platform that delivers rich security features, PIX firewalls provide excellent protection and have received EAL 4 status and ICSA Labs Firewall and IPsec certification. PIX firewall appliances offer protection for a wide range of VoIP and other mixed-media conventions including H.323 v. 4, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol, RTSP, and MGCP, enabling businesses to protect installations of a broad array of current and upcoming IP voice and video applications.

PIX Firewalls Consulting
PIX firewalls feature a variety of configuration, tracking, and troubleshooting options, giving IT managers the versatility to use the techniques that best match their requirements. Administrative solutions include centralized, policy-based management utilities, integrated web-accessible management, and compatibility with remote-tracking standards such as Simple Network Management Protocol and syslog. The integrated Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) interface provides a powerful Web-based management platform that greatly simplifies the installation, ongoing configuration, and tracking of a specific PIX firewall appliance without requiring any extra utility other than an ordinary browser and Java plug-in to be running on an administrator's PC.

IT managers can furthermore remotely configure, track, and troubleshoot PIX firewall appliances using a command-line interface. Safe command-line interface communication is available through a number of techniques including Secure Shell (SSHv2) Protocol, Telnet through IP Security, and out-of-band via a console port. PIX firewalls also have dependable auto-update features, a set of revolutionary secure remote-administration options that ensure firewall settings and software images are always up to date.

For additional details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco PIX firewalls, visit Cisco PIX 500 firewalls integration and debugging support.

Progent's Migration Consulting Support for Cisco Firewalls
Because Cisco has stopped selling the PIX and ASA 5500 product lines, many companies are uncomfortable with relying on a key infrastructure component that might no longer be supported by Cisco. Cisco ASA 5500-X and Firepower Series firewalls offer the advantage of being new devices and also bring several technical and financial benefits in comparison to PIX devices. These advantages include substantially better performance, optional Secure Sockets Layer VPN capability, and a modular design that guards your investment by enabling you to add new security services when and if you need them. Progent's Cisco network engineers can assist you to assess the strategic value of for migrating from PIX 500 or Cisco ASA 5500 firewalls, create a migration plan that allows for a fast and non-disruptive upgrade, assist your IT staff to install new ASA 5500-x Series or Firepower NGFW Series firewalls, and offer online, consulting, and technical support services.

Additional Ways Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco ASA and PIX Firewalls
Cisco's Firepower NGFW Series, ASA 5500 Series, and PIX firewalls provide an array of setup, tracking, and troubleshooting options which offer you the ability to deploy these firewalls to align optimally with your company's requirements. Progent's CCIE certified network consultants can assist you to build a cost-effective network infrastructure that includes Cisco security appliances and that offers world-class protection, fault tolerance, throughput, and recoverability. Progent's CISA and CISSP-ISSP-premier IS security consultants can assist your business to develop a security policy that makes sense for your environment and can configure your security appliance to enforce your security policies. Progent's security assessment engineers can evaluate the effectiveness of your existing firewall deployment and help determine the overall security of your whole IS network. Progent's Help Desk support team can deliver urgent online troubleshooting for Cisco technology and can give you quick access to a Cisco expert.

To find out additional details about Progent's consulting support for Cisco networking products, select a subject:

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:

To ask Progent about professional expertise for Cisco technology, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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