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Meet the industry’s first adaptive, threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW) designed for a new era of threat and advanced malware protection. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services delivers integrated threat defense for the entire attack continuum – before, during, and after an attack. How? By combining the proven security capabilities of the Cisco ASA firewall with the industry-leading Sourcefire threat and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) features together in a single device. The solution uniquely extends the capabilities of the Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls beyond what today’s NGFW solutions are capable of. Whether you need protection for a small or midsized business, a distributed enterprise, or a single data center, Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides the needed scale and context in a NGFW solution.
Superior Multilayered Protection
Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services brings distinctive threat-focused next-generation security services to the Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls. It provides comprehensive protection from known and advanced threats, including protection against targeted and persistent malware attacks (Figure 1). Cisco ASA is the world’s most widely deployed, enterprise-class stateful firewall. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services features these comprehensive capabilities:
- Site-to-site and remote access VPN and advanced clustering provide highly secure, high-performance access and high availability to help ensure business continuity.
- Granular Application Visibility and Control (AVC) supports more than 4,000 application-layer and risk-based controls that can launch tailored intrusion prevention system (IPS) threat detection policies to optimize security effectiveness.
- The industry-leading Cisco ASA with FirePOWER next-generation IPS (NGIPS) provides highly effective threat prevention and full contextual awareness of users, infrastructure, applications, and content to detect multivector threats and automate defense response.
- Reputation- and category-based URL filtering offer comprehensive alerting and control over suspicious web traffic and enforce policies on hundreds of millions of URLs in more than 80 categories.
- AMP provides industry-leading breach detection effectiveness, sandboxing, a low total cost of ownership, and superior protection value that helps you discover, understand, and stop malware and emerging threats missed by other security layers.
Unprecedented Network Visibility
Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is centrally managed by the Cisco Firepower Management Center (formerly known as Cisco FireSIGHT Management Center), which provides security teams with comprehensive visibility into and control over activity within the network. Such visibility includes users, devices, communication between virtual machines, vulnerabilities, threats, client-side applications, files, and web sites. Holistic, actionable indications of compromise (IoCs) correlate detailed network and endpoint event information and provide further visibility into malware infections. Cisco’s enterprise-class management tools help administrators reduce complexity with unmatched visibility and control across NGFW deployments. Cisco Firepower Management Center also provides content awareness with malware file trajectory that aids infection scoping and root cause determination to speed time to remediation.
Cisco Security Manager provides scalable and centralized network operations workflow management. It integrates a powerful suite of capabilities; including policy and object management, event management, reporting, and troubleshooting for Cisco ASA firewall functions when utilizing Cisco Firepower Management Center.
For local, on-device management including deployments for small and midsized businesses, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) 7.3.x provides, access control and advanced threat defense management. ASDM V 7.3.x provides an enhanced user interface that provides quick views on trends and the ability to drill down for further analysis.
Reduced Costs and Complexity
Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services incorporates an integrated approach to threat defense, reducing capital and operating costs and administrative complexity. It smoothly integrates with the existing IT environment, work stream, and network fabric. The appliance family is highly scalable, performs at up to multigigabit speeds, and provides consistent and robust security across branch, Internet edge, and data centers in both physical and virtual environments.
With Cisco Firepower Management Center, administrators can streamline operations to correlate threats, assess their impact, automatically tune security policy, and easily attribute user identities to security events. Cisco Firepower Management Center continually monitors how the network is changing over time. New threats are automatically assessed to determine which ones can affect your business. Responses are then focused on remediation and network defenses are adapted to changing threat conditions. Critical security activities such as policy tuning are automated, saving time and effort, while protections and countermeasures are maintained in an optimal state.
Cisco Firepower Management Center integrates easily with third-party security solutions through the eStreamer API to streamline operation workflows and fit existing network fabrics.
Table 1. Features and Benefits of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services
Features and Benefits of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services
|Next-generation firewall||Industry’s first threat-focused NGFW; provides ASA firewall functionality, advanced threat protection, and advanced breach detection and remediation combined in a single device|
|Proven ASA firewall||Rich routing, stateful firewall, Network Address Translation, and dynamic clustering for high-performance, highly secure, and reliable access with Cisco AnyConnect® VPN|
|Market-leading NGIPS||Superior threat prevention and mitigation for both known and unknown threats|
|Advanced malware protection||Detection, blocking, tracking, analysis, and remediation to protect the enterprise against targeted and persistent malware attacks|
|Full contextual awareness||Policy enforcement based on complete visibility of users, mobile devices, client-side applications, communication between virtual machines, vulnerabilities, threats, and URLs|
|Application control and URL filtering||Application-layer control (over applications, geolocations, users, websites) and ability to enforce usage and tailor detection policies based on custom applications and URLs|
|Enterprise-class management||Dashboards and drill-down reports of discovered hosts, applications, threats, and indications of compromise for comprehensive visibility|
|Streamlined operations automation||Lower operating cost and administrative complexity with threat correlation, impact assessment, automated security policy tuning, and user identification|
|Purpose-built, scalable||Highly scalable security appliance architecture that performs at up to multigigabit speeds; consistent and robust security across small office, branch offices, Internet edge, and data centers in either physical and virtual environments|
|On-device management||Simplifies advanced threat defense management for small and medium sized business with small scale deployments|
|Remote Access VPN||Extends secure corporate network access beyond corporate laptops to personal mobile devices, regardless of physical location; support for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution, with granular, application-level VPN capability, as well as native Apple iOS and Android VPN clients|
|Site-to-site VPN||Protect traffic, including VoIP and client-server application data, across the distributed enterprise and branch offices|
|Integrated wireless access||Integrated Wi-Fi is available in the desktop form factor (ASA 5506W-X) for compact and simplified small office deployments|
|Ruggedized form factor||A ruggedized model (ASA 5506H-X), designed specifically for extreme environmental conditions, is available for critical infrastructure and control network applications|
|Third-party technology ecosystem||Open API that enables the third-party technology ecosystem to integrate with existing customer work streams|
|Integration with Snort and OpenAppID||Open source security integration with Snort and OpenAppID for access to community resources and ability to easily customize security to address new and specific threats and applications quickly|
|Collective Security intelligence (CSI)||Unmatched security and web reputation intelligence provides real-time threat intelligence and security protection|
Hardware Product Performance and Specifications
Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services include Cisco ASA firewalling, AVC, URL filtering, NGIPS, and AMP. This unique set of capabilities is available on the Cisco ASA 5500-X Series NGFW platforms: Cisco ASA 5506-X, 5506W-X, 5506H-X, 5508-X, 5516-X, 5512-X, 5515-X, 5525-X, 5545-X, 5555-X.
Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services software is supported on the Cisco ASA 5500-X Series of next-generation midrange security appliances running Cisco ASA Software Release 9.2.2 and later. Cisco Firepower Management Center and Cisco Security Manager are required to manage Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services ASA 5512-X, 5515-X, 5525-X, 5545-X, 5555-X. ASDM V 7.3.x is available on-device to manage single instance deployments of Cisco ASA 5506-X, 5506W-X, 5506H-X, 5508-X, and 5516-X with FirePOWER Services.
Cisco ASA 5500-X Series 6-Port GE Interface Cards
Cisco ASA 5500-X Series 6-port Gigabit Ethernet Interface Cards extend the I/O profile of the Cisco ASA 5500-X Series appliances by providing additional GE ports. The cards provide the following benefits:
- Better segmentation of network traffic into separate security zones
- Fiber-optic cable connectivity for long-distance communication
- Load sharing of traffic as well as protection against link failure through the use of EtherChannel
- Support for jumbo Ethernet frames of up to 9000 bytes
- Protection against cable failure for the most demanding active/active failover and full-mesh firewall deployments