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Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall Primary Use Case

Engineering Services Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It's deployed in multiple ways, depending on the use case. Generally speaking, we have them as edge firewalls, but I have some customers who use them as data center firewalls, and some customers who use them as VPN firewalls. And in some places, they're the east-west firewalls, as they would be called in a core network. We do have some that are for cloud firewalling, that we're using in Azure and AWS. But generally speaking, they're deployed as edge firewalls and on-prem.

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Cyber Security Practice Lead at Eazi Security

The primary use case is mainly around perimeter security at the HQ and the branch. This will include using the Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS), using advanced malware protection for networks on the firewall, and remote access VPN as well as site-to-site VPN.

I work for a Cisco partner and managed service provider. We have a number of customers. Typically, the standard setup that we have is a Firepower Management Center Virtual, running in VMware, with physical FTD appliances (as the firewalls) on-premises.

We work with more mid-size organizations who typically have email security, web security, endpoint security, and perimeter security. In terms of products, that would be:

  • Cisco Umbrella
  • Cisco Cloud Email Security
  • Cisco Secure Endpoint
  • Firepower, for the perimeter. 

That would be a typical technology mix. Sometimes, some customers will consume something like Duo Security for multi-factor authentication.

We are primarily running ASA Firewalls with the FTD image. We are also running some Firepower 1000 Series. 

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MK
IT Administrator / Security Analyst at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees

I am an IT administrator and my job is probably 80% security analyst. We are a HIPAA environment, so we're a regulated industry and my job is to keep us from being breached. It's extremely difficult and an ever-changing, evolving problem. As such, I spend a couple of hours a day just reading everything threat report from every source I can get. 

We have a pair of 2110 models, with high availability set up.

There are multiple licenses that you can get with this firewall, and we subscribe to all three. A few months ago, we made the decision to do an enterprise agreement just because of the amount of security software we have. We subscribe to the threat, the URL, and the malware licensing. We use it for IPS, URL blocking, IP blocking, and domain blocking.

We've embraced the Cisco ecosystem primarily because I think they made some very intelligent acquisitions. We talk about security and depth and they've really done a good job of targeting their acquisition of OpenDNS Umbrella. It's all part of our ecosystem.

I take the firewall information and using SecureX, Cisco Threat Response, AMP for Endpoints, and Umbrella, I'm able to aggregate all that data with what I'm getting from the firewalls and from our email security, all into one location. From my perspective, being a medium-sized organization, threat hunting can be extremely difficult.

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JV
Project Engineer at Telindus B.V.

Telindus, our company, is an integrator. We sell Firepower and we do use it ourselves. I use all the different versions of the product. 

We either replace our customers' other brands of firewalls with Firepower, or we upgrade their old Cisco ASA Firewalls to the new Firepower firewalls. The type of device we advise them to install depends on the customer's requirements and the throughputs needed.

Our primary use case for Firepower is for big networks.

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Director IT Security at a wellness & fitness company with 5,001-10,000 employees

It is for defense, protecting workloads from a distributed type of an environment. On-premises, we are hosting several different distributed user session type environments. In our case, it is remote desktop services, which enable users to go out and browse the Internet, in some cases to do legitimate services, and in other cases, it is more of a personal browsing session. In this case, the primary purpose is to protect those user sessions when they are accessing the Internet. The secondary use case is to protect these services and applications from inbound threats, e.g., Internet scanning, Internet exploit attempts, any sort of attack, reconnaissance, or anything of that nature coming from the public Internet.

Firepower is an add-on to Cisco ASAs that enables intrusion prevention detection and some additional advanced functionalities. We have both.

We have two on-premise data centers where Firepower is deployed.

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IT Technical Manager at Adventist Health

We are specifically using 7.0 Firepower in several different areas. We have them as an IPS within the core, IPS on the edge, and we're also using the AnyConnect Client as our basis for VPN connection into corporate and other applications.

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AF
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We helped a customer to configure a new data center network. We provided the core firewalling. Between virtual routing instances, or virtual networks, we had two Firepower 2130s in HA. We did the routing and firewalling between the VRS and, in the same data center, we have an internet edge firewall also set in HA that provided the routing and firewalling to the internet and to Azure. In the same data center we had two ASAs for out-of-band management. If an error occurred in the data center, we could VPN into the ASA and troubleshoot the routing issues in the data center.

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Network & Security Engineer at Oman LNG L.L.C.

We are using Firepower for outbound/inbound traffic control and management as well as for our internal security. We are using it for LAN security and VMware network security. It is a hardware device, and it is deployed on-prem.

Our target is to make our network 100% secure from the outside and inside traffic. For that, we are using the latest versions, updates, patches, and licenses. We have security policies to enable ports only based on the requirements. Any unnecessary ports are disabled, which is as per the recommendation from Cisco. For day-to-day activity monitoring and day-to-day traffic vulnerabilities, we have monitoring tools and devices. If there is any vulnerability, we can catch it. We are constantly monitoring and checking our outside and inside traffic. These are the things that we are doing to meet our target of 100% security.

We have a number of security tools. We have the perimeter firewalls and core firewalls. For monitoring, we have many tools such as Tenable, Splunk, etc. We have Cisco Prime for monitoring internal traffic. For malware protection and IPS, we have endpoint security and firewalls. The outside to inside traffic is filtered by the perimeter firewall. After that, it goes to the core firewall, where it gets filtered. It is checked at port-level, website-level, and host-level security.

We have the endpoint security updated on all devices, and this security is managed by our antivirus server. For vulnerabilities, we have a Tenable server that is monitoring all devices. In case of any vulnerability or attacks, we get updated. We are also using Splunk as SIEM. From there, we can check the logs. If any device is attacked, we get to know the hostname or IP address. We can then check our monitoring tool and our database list. We can see how this attack happened. We have configured our network into security zones. We have zone-based security.

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Practice Lead at IPConsul

We have multiple use cases for Cisco Firepower. We have two types of use cases:

  • Protect the perimeter of the enterprise.
  • Inter-VRF zoning and routing. 

The goal is to have some Firewall protection with a Layer 7 features, like URL filtering, IPS, malware at the perimeter level as well as inspecting the traffic going through that firewall, because all traffic is encrypted. We want visibility, ensuring that we can protect ourselves as much as we can.

In production, I am currently using Cisco Firepower version 6.7 with the latest patch, and we are starting to roll out version 7.0.

I have multiple customers who are running Cisco Firepower on-prem. Increasingly, customers are going through the cloud, using Cisco Firepower on AWS and Azure.

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Architect - Cloud Serviced at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case is whatever is best for our customer. I'm the service provider. The customer's main purpose is to use the malware services protection and the firewall itself, as well as the application awareness feature.

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CISO / Associate Vice President - IT Infrastructure at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

We have an offshore development center with around 1,400 users (in one location) where we have deployed this firewall.

The maturity of our organization’s security implementation is a four out of five (with five being high). We do have NOC and SOC environments along with in-built access to our systems. 

We use Acunetix as one of our major tools. We do have some open source. There are a couple of networks where we are using the Tenable tool. We have implemented an SIEM along with a Kaspersky at the cloud level. In the Cisco firewall, we installed Kaspersky in the firewall logs which upload to Kaspersky for us to review back.

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Technical Consulting Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case for this solution is to improve network security. 

The maturity of our company's security implementation depends on our clients. Some of our clients really need a lot of work but some of them are advantaged. We are major implementors for Cisco. 

We implement it for our clients and we also use it internally. Our security maturity is advanced. We have been in IT business for over 75 years. We have major netowrk firewall experts in the company, so we know what to do. 

Our company uses more than thirty security tools. Ideally, we would use an end to end unified tool. But network security is far from that so we need to use multiple tools. 

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PM
Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees

We use it for the actual firewall and also site-to-site VPN.

Our company is always growing. Every day's a new day and there is always something new to learn. We are a mature organization, but we can never sit still. We have two company locations and we use Cisco Firepower as our main firewall at both locations.

Overall, for security, we use about seven tools.

Within our company, there are just two people that maintain this solution. Myself and the IT manager. I'm the network administrator.

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DC
Senior Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are using it for firewall and intrusion prevention.

I have deployed it into different environments: retail, commercial, law, real estate, and the public sector. Retail is the biggest environment that I have deployed this firewall into, with 43 different sensors and a range up to 10 GbE throughput.

I am using up to version 7.0 across the board as well as multiple models: 1000 Series or 2100 Series.

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Network Engineer at LEPL Smart Logic

They were placed in a company on the perimeter near the ISP. There were two clusters. One cluster was at the front, and one cluster was near the data center to filter the traffic from the users to the data center and from the data center to the users and outside.

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Lead Network Security Engineer at TechnoCore LTD

My primary use case with Cisco Firepower NGFW is implementing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting lab and customer devices in both lab and production environments.

Using best practices for configuration, as well as fine-tuning intrusion policies and utilizing as many of the features that the firewall has to offer, which are feasible in said environment.

Overall, I am confident to say that I have worked with every flavor of Cisco Firepower NGFW, be it their older IPS-only sensors, ASA with Firepower services, as well as the FTD sensor itself.

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GS
Information Security and Compliance Manager at RSwitch

We are a payment switch and we deal with cardholder data and information. Our primary goal is to ensure the security of customers' payment data, that they are protected.

Our security maturity is now at a good level compared to the past. To be accepted to drive Visa and Mastercard, you have to pass security assessment audits and we have managed to pass all of them now, for some years.

Apart from our firewall, we have three security tools. We have a NAC, we have a SIEM, and our syslogs.

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Director of Information Technology at a government with 501-1,000 employees

We are a large company in the country in which we operate. We are a government agency dealing with taxes and we provide services for all taxpayers within the country. We have services for internal users, as well as services for public users. The main reason we use these firewalls is to protect our environment and to provide our services efficiently so that we are up and running 24/7.

Our solution is deployed in a private cloud. Everything is hosted in our environment and provided as cloud services. We are in the process of moving our infrastructure from the previous environment to the new environment where Cisco firewalls are installed.

In terms of our security maturity as an organization, we are young. In fact, we are young as a country. We have been providing electronic services for more than 10 years for our clients. We have a huge number of clients, with over 120,000 users who subscribe to our system and who access our services on a daily basis or, at a minimum, three to four times per year.

We use a few tools for security in terms of management, both internal and external, but we are mainly relying on Cisco. Our network is based on Cisco, and we also protect our mail system with Cisco. Previously, and in parallel, we used Sophos next-generation firewalls.

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MS
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We use it to segment the east and the west traffic in our data center. We also use it on the internet edge and for VPN termination.

We use its multiple versions. We use the virtual and the physical ones. We have multiple Cisco Firepower 9300, and we also have a few Cisco Firepower 4100.

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Networking Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use it to configure the perimeter firewalls. In FireSIGHT, we have two firewalls in a cluster with high ability, then we have five firewalls in Offices. We use those firewalls as a perimeter for Offices.

We have all the devices in the Firepower Management Center system. We always work with Firepower devices in Firepower Management Center.

We have offices around the world. We are in Europe, the USA, and South America.

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Chief Technology Officer at Future Point Technologies

Our primary use case is as a data center firewall for internet firewalls and also as a VPN concentrator. I'm the chief technology officer and we are partners of Cisco. 

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AR
Lead Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The way we've installed Firepower was for the migration process. For example, there was a data center consolidation, and therefore we had to move everything. We offer data center products to our customers across VPN funnels. We had to move away from older ASAs, so it's a lift and shift. We move older ASAs, which were dispersed in many sites, and we consolidated a couple of services in a single site. Firepower was left there in place. I came in and I took over the administration duties, and now I'm trying to put everything together in a way that it makes sense.

With Firepower, they have better hardware. It's fitted for more throughput, more load. I'm trying to centralize service delivery on this high-availability pair and move all the remote access to Firepower. Then, it's all part of a transition process from a hybrid cloud to a full cloud deployment on a cloud provider. It's mostly just a necessary pain, until we move away from our on-prem deployments. Currently, I'm working with Azure, etc. and I try to look at the main design of the whole process, even though it's going to take two years. 

COVID has also made everything very, very slow for us as we try to move away from our initial plan.

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IT Infrastructure Engineer at Atlas Group

I protect my two servers with the help of Firepower. Both servers are connected to the Firepower and I monitor the traffic to both servers with it. I block traffic from all countries except the USA, for security purposes.

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Deputy Manager at Star Tech Engineering Ltd

We use it for malware and IPS.

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RP
System Administrator at a non-profit with 1-10 employees

We use the solution to monitor the connections as part of our parameter protection for our network. We restrict what kind of traffic comes in and out, we use it basically for traffic management.

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Senior Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I use Firepower for all kind of customers; healthcare, government, banks etc. All all of them have different use cases and requirements. In most cases, I would mostly end up with enterprises or government organizations. If you are already have all Cisco gears, I would suggest to consider it as it will allow you to have a more integrated approach toward other network components.                                                                                      

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Security Consultant at IKUSI

I often work with financial sector companies such as banks as well as retail organizations.

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HP
Senior Solutions Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The solution is primarily used for protecting the environment, or the cloud environments for our customers.

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Network Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

I use it to protect my DMZ from external attacks.

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Senior Network Engineer at BCD Travel

We are currently using this solution as a VPN and an internet firewall in some locations. In our data center, we are still using FortiGate as an internet firewall but we are evaluating other options.

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SG
Information Systems Coordinator at a insurance company with 51-200 employees

We use this solution for our firewall and intrusion prevention system.

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NJ
Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall has a lot of environment to use for your network to see what kind of critical threats are coming or going. I use it to find out what this threat is and then formulate a strategy for it. I use it a lot on my simple network to see how it works, inspect the network traffic, and so on. 

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Network security engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution for advanced IPS, IDS, advanced malware protection, and web filtering.

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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are a solution provider and Cisco NGFW is one of the products that we implement for our clients. My clients use it for internet access within the enterprise.

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SOC & SECURITY SERVICES DIRECTOR at BESTEL

We use the platform to provide secure perimeter internet access for customers and also to provide secure networks or secure SANs for customers. We have a global partnership with Cisco and I'm a re-sales and security manager of IT services.

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Network Security Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I am a pre-sales engineer, and I do comparisons based on my customer's requests.

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BB
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are a service provider and we work on a variety of different projects for many customers. We do not use this product ourselves. Rather, we deploy it for different customers.

The primary use case is to protect the organization from unauthorized use.

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System Engineer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

This is a product that is used at the infrastructure level to protect the network from outside traffic.

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ICT Department Manager at ACC

We are using the solution for airports.

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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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