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Security Management

Cisco network management systems help automate, simplify, and integrate a network to reduce operational costs; improve productivity; and achieve critical functions such as availability, responsiveness, resilience, and security.

The hierarchy of tools available for security management is as follows:

Device managers

Web interface tool that simplifies the configuration and monitoring of a single device.

Cisco ASA Security Device Manager (ASDM)

A GUI-based device management tool for ASAs.

Cisco Security Manager

An enterprise-level application solution to configure and manage thousands of firewalls, routers, switches, IPS sensors, and other security solutions. Scalability is provided using intelligent policy-based management techniques that simplify administration.

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