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Securing Networks with PIX and ASA

Course Details:

  • Days: 5
  • Course Code: CISNPA
  • Booking: Please ring 08450 504 505


This course teaches the knowledge and skills needed to configure, maintain, and operate Cisco PIX 500 Series Security Appliances and Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances. SNPA is recommended training for the Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) certification.

We have enhanced our 5-day hands-on delivery of SNPA by adding extra depth to the existing Cisco-developed hands-on labs. Twenty-one advanced hands-on labs guide you through configuring the PIX security appliance and executing general maintenance commands, configuring ACLs on the Security Appliance, and configuring the ASA Security Appliance for WebVPN.

All labs are based on our enhanced topology, which simulates a typical production network instead of one designed only for a classroom environment.


CCNA Certification or the equivalent knowledge. The CCNA can be achieved by either attending the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (CI-ICND) and the Introduction to Cisco Networking Technologies (CI-INTRO) courses, or the CCNA Fast Track Programme (GK-CCNABC)

Basic knowledge of the Windows operating system

Familiarity with networking and security terms and concepts

Delegates will learn how to

  • Describe the Security Appliance features, models, components, and benefits
  • Discuss Adaptive Security Algorithm (ASA) and ASA security levels
  • Configure a Security Appliance for basic network connectivity
  • Configure the Security Appliance to send syslog messages to a syslog server
  • Describe how the TCP and UDP protocols function within the Security Appliance
  • Describe how static and dynamic translations function
  • Explain the Security Appliance PAT feature
  • Configure and explain the function of ACLs and NAT 0 ACLs
  • Configure active code filtering (ActiveX and Java applets)
  • Configure the Security Appliance for URL filtering
  • Describe the object grouping feature of the Security Appliance and its advantages
  • Name the AAA protocols supported by the Security Appliance
  • Define and configure cut-through proxy authentication and tunnel access authentication
  • Define and configure AAA accounting
  • Install and configure basic Cisco Secure ACS function
  • Describe how the Security Appliance implements FTP and HTTP protocol inspection
  • Describe how the Security Appliance implements remote shell (rsh), SQL, SMTP, ICMP, and SNMP protocol inspection
  • Identify the tasks and commands to configure Security Appliance IPSec support
  • Describe and configure the Easy VPN Server and Remote using the Cisco VPN Client
  • Configure WebVPN general parameters, servers, URLs, and port forwarding
  • Monitor and maintain transparent firewall mode
  • Configure and manager a security context
  • Define the Security Appliance hardware failover requirements
  • Install ASDM and use it to configure the Security Appliance
  • Configure the AIP-SSM setup parameters
  • Configure a security policy on an ASA Security Appliance using ASDM
  • Configure Telnet and SSH access to the Security Appliance console
  • Recover the Security Appliance passwords using general password recovery procedures
  • Use TFTP to install and upgrade the software image on the Security Appliance


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