Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, 2nd Edition
Product Author Bios
David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with health-care networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA, FWSM, and VPN product lines. He was one of the beta reviewers of the ASA 8.0 operating system software. He has a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of three other books from Cisco Press: CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide, Cisco Field Manual: Router Configuration, and Cisco Field Manual: Catalyst Switch Configuration.
He lives in Kentucky with his wife, Marci, and two daughters.
Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition, is a guide for the most commonly implemented features of the popular Cisco® firewall security solutions. Fully updated to cover the latest firewall releases, this book helps you to quickly and easily configure, integrate, and manage the entire suite of Cisco firewall products, including ASA, PIX®, and the Catalyst® Firewall Services Module (FWSM).
Organized by families of features, this book helps you get up to speed quickly and efficiently on topics such as file management, building connectivity, controlling access, firewall management, increasing availability with failover, load balancing, logging, and verifying operation.
Sections are marked by shaded tabs for quick reference, and information on each feature is presented in a concise format, with background, configuration, and example components.
Whether you are looking for an introduction to the latest ASA, PIX, and FWSM devices or a complete reference for making the most out of your Cisco firewall deployments, Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition, helps you achieve maximum protection of your network resources.
“Many books on network security and firewalls settle for a discussion focused primarily on concepts and theory. This book, however, goes well beyond these topics. It covers in tremendous detail the information every network and security administrator needs to know when configuring and managing market-leading firewall products from Cisco.”
—Jason Nolet, Vice President of Engineering, Security Technology Group, Cisco
David Hucaby, CCIE® No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with health-care networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA, FWSM, and VPN product lines. He was one of the beta reviewers of the ASA 8.0 operating system software.
- Learn about the various firewall models, user interfaces, feature sets, and configuration methods
- Understand how a Cisco firewall inspects traffic
- Configure firewall interfaces, routing, IP addressing services, and IP multicast support
- Maintain security contexts and flash and configuration files, manage users, and monitor firewalls with SNMP
- Authenticate, authorize, and maintain accounting records for firewall users
- Control access through the firewall by implementing transparent and routed firewall modes, address translation, and traffic shunning
- Define security policies that identify and act on various types of traffic with the Modular Policy Framework
- Increase firewall availability with firewall failover operation
- Understand how firewall load balancing works
- Generate firewall activity logs and learn how to analyze the contents of the log
- Verify firewall operation and connectivity and observe data passing through a firewall
- Configure Security Services Modules, such as the Content Security Control (CSC) module and the Advanced Inspection Processor (AIP) module
This security book is part of the Cisco Press® Networking Technology Series. Security titles from Cisco Press help networking professionals secure critical data and resources, prevent and mitigate network attacks, and build end-to-end self-defending networks.
Category: Networking: Security
Covers: Cisco ASA 8.0, PIX 6.3, and FWSM 3.2 version firewalls
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
surveys Cisco's offerings,
This review is from: Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook (2nd Edition) (Paperback)For the sysadmin of a Cisco firewall product, this book is an up to date survey of what Cisco offers in this arena. The book has a quick going over of the theory behind most firewalls. But the bulk of the text looks at the various product lines and how you can install and, more importantly, easily manage them on an ongoing basis.
The screen captures are helpful. Showing that Cisco has put some thought into the usability of their boxes.
I won't say the book makes for enthralling reading. It is perhaps best suited as a reference manual. Where the only sections you need are for your firewall model.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference manual covering most day to day admin tasks for the PIX and ASA,
This review is from: Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook (2nd Edition) (Paperback)Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook
Author : David Hucaby
Publisher: Cisco Press
Reviewed by: Michael Cooter
Pros: Thorough, comprehensive, and in-depth
Cons: Not for ASA/PIX Novices, more suited for Firewall admins with solid experience. More of a reference than a book you would read cover to cover.
Chapter List: Chapter 1, "Firewall Overview", Chapter 2 "Configuration Fundamentals" Chapter 3 "Building Connectivity", Chapter 4 "Firewall Management", Chapter 5 "Managing Firewall Users", Chapter 6 "Controlling Access Through the Firewall", Chapter 7 "Inspecting Traffic", Chapter 8 "Increasing Firewall Availability with Failover, Chapter 9 "Firewall Load Balancing", Chapter 10 "Firewall Logging", Chapter 11 "Verifying Firewall Operation", Chapter 12 "ASA Modules", Appendix A, "Well-Known Protocol and Port Numbers, Appendix B "Security Applicance Logging Messages"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book but doesn't cover VPN,
This review is from: Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook (2nd Edition) (Paperback)Great ASA book, updated for version 8, covers PIX too and helped for exam study. Does not cover anything on VPN! (IPsec or Web) which is one of the major purposes for the ASA - users travelling, work at home, vendor access. Omar Santos' book covers VPN although it is for older version 7. Would have given 5 stars if not for the VPN omission. Edward Huang CCSP/CCDA
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Firewall
Chapter 2 Configuration Fundamentals
Chapter 3 Building Connectivity
Chapter 4 Firewall Management
Chapter 5 Managing Firewall Users
Chapter 6 Controlling Access Through the Firewall
Chapter 7 Inspecting Traffic
Chapter 8 Increasing Firewall Availability with Failover
Chapter 9 Firewall Load Balancing
Chapter 10 Firewall
Chapter 11 Verifying Firewall Operation
Chapter 12 ASA Modules
Appendix A Well-Known Protocol and Port Numbers
Appendix B Security Appliance Logging Messages
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