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What is Cisco ASA series?

What is Cisco ASA series?

In computer networking, Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances, or simply Cisco ASA, is Cisco’s line of network security devices introduced in May 2005, that succeeded three existing lines of popular Cisco products: Cisco IPS 4200 Series, which worked as intrusion prevention systems (IPS).

Is Cisco ASA going away?

Cisco is going to replace all ASA with the new appliances capable of running a united operating system – the Firepower Threat Defense. The switch to this is inevitable, so there are no benefits whatsoever for waiting.

How much does Cisco ASA cost?


Part Number Description List Price
ASA5505-BUN-K9 Cisco ASA 5505 10-User Bundle $595.00
ASA5512-K9 Cisco ASA 5512-X Security Plus Firewall $3,995.00
ASA5512-IPS-K9 Cisco ASA 5512-X Security Plus Firewall with IPS $6,495.00
ASA5515-K9 Cisco ASA 5515-X Security Plus Firewall $4,995.00

What replaced Cisco ASA?

Cisco’s ASA 5500-X Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Series is designed to replace Cisco’s older ASA 5500 family of firewalls, which in turn supplanted Cisco’s PIX firewalls. All these products combine Cisco’s proven firewall technology with increasingly sophisticated intrusion prevention system (IPS) capabilities.

Is a Cisco ASA a router?

The ASA is NOT a router, though and while you can do things on the ASA that can make it act something like a router it is important to understand the differences between true routing and what the ASA actually does.

Is Cisco ASA a stateful firewall?

The ASA uses a stateful approach to security. Every inbound packet is checked exhaustively against the ASA and against connection state information in memory. Drop and log source routed IP packets.

How much is a firewall cost?

Generally, the hardware for a firewall will start somewhere in the $700 range for a very small business and can easily get into the $10,000 range. However, most business sized 15 to 100 users can expect the hardware of the firewall to cost between $1500 and $4000.

Is a firewall?

A firewall is a network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and decides whether to allow or block specific traffic based on a defined set of security rules. Firewalls have been a first line of defense in network security for over 25 years. A firewall can be hardware, software, or both.

What is ASA in networking?

The ASA is a unified threat management device, combining several network security functions in one box.

What is adaptive security appliance?

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is a versatile device from Cisco that is used to secure a network.

What is an ASA router?

The ASA is a purpose built security device while the ISR is a router. The primary focus of the ASA is security implementation including stateful inspection of traffic and very sophisticated inspection of traffic passing through the ASA. It has some (limited) ability to do layer 3 routing of packets.

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