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Aug 14 2016   7:48AM GMT

An Introduction Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan


As we all know Cisco jumped into Next Generation Firewall segment, though they are late yet they are trying sell their next-generation firewall services, including Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS), Application Visibility and Control (AVC), URL filtering, and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) in form of Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services.

Cisco offers FirePOWER services either in the form or hardware module or software based security module.

The Cisco ASA 5585-X runs on hardware-based security module (SSP) and Cisco ASA 5506-X to 5555-X runs on software-based security module on Solid State Drives (SSD)

ASA- Firepower

Some of the key FirePOWER Security Features are as follows

  • Application Control
  • Identity Control
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IPS)
  • Security Intelligence
  • URL Filtering
  • Advance Malware Protection (AMP)
  • File Blocking
  • SSL Decryption

The newly introduced features by Cisco provides a good control over the types of application one can allow based on the user identity. It’s interesting to see how decryption part going work, as it really needs good hardware to intercept the encrypted traffic and take an appropriate action.

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