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SSFIPS - Securing Cisco Networks with Sourcefire FireSIGHT Intrusion Prevention System v3.0

  • Tuition USD $4,000 GSA  $3,425.69
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 2348 Ratings
  • Course Code 5593
  • Duration 4 days
  • Available Formats Classroom

In this course, you will learn about basic next-generation intrusion prevention system (NGIPS) and firewall security concepts. You will learn about the Cisco Firepower system, its powerful features: 

  • In-depth event analysis
  • NGIPS tuning and configuration
  • Snort rules language

Yoll also become familiar with the latest platform features: file and malware inspection, security intelligence, domain awareness, and more.

The course begins by introducing the system architecture, the latest major features, and the role of policies in implementing the solution. You learn how to manage deployed devices and perform basic Cisco Firepower discovery. Yoll be able to describe how to use and configure Cisco NGIPS technology, including application control, security intelligence, firewall, and network-based malware and file controls. Yoll learn how to take advantage of powerful tools so you can carry out more efficient event analysis, including the detection of file type and network-based malware. And yoll learn how to properly tune systems for better performance and greater network intelligence. The course finishes with system and user administration tasks. 

This course combines lecture materials and hands-on labs that will give you practice in deploying and managing the Cisco Firepower system.

Skills Gained

  • Key features and concepts of NGIPS and firewall security
  • Cisco Firepower system components, features, and high-level implementation steps
  • Cisco Firepower Management Center GUI and understand the role of policies when configuring the Cisco Firepower system
  • Deploy and manage Cisco Firepower managed devices
  • Perform an initial Cisco Firepower discovery and basic event analysis to identify hosts, applications, and services
  • Create the objects required as prerequisites to implementing access control policies
  • Features and functionality of access control policies and the implementation procedures
  • Concepts and implementation procedures of security intelligence
  • Concepts and implementation procedures of file control and advanced malware protection
  • Use Cisco Firepower recommendations to implement IPS policies
  • Use of network analysis policies and the role of preprocessor technology in processing network traffic for NGIPS inspection
  • Demonstrate the detailed analysis techniques and reporting features provided by the Cisco Firepower Management Center

Who Can Benefit

Technical professionals who need to know how to deploy and manage a Cisco Firepower NGIPS in their network environment, including:

  • Security administrators
  • Security consultants
  • Network administrators
  • System engineers
  • Technical support personnel
  • Channel partners and resellers


  • Technical understanding of TCP/IP networking and network architecture
  • Basic familiarity with the concepts of intrusion detection systems (IDS) and IPS

Course Details

1. Sourcefire System Overview and Classroom Setup

2. Device Management

3. Object Management

4. Access Control Policy

5. Network-based Malware Detection

6. FireSIGHT Technology

7. Correlation Policies

8. IPS Policy Basics

9. Advanced IPS Policy Configurations

10. User Account Management

11. Event Analysis

12. Reporting

13. Basic Rule Syntax and Usage

14. Case Studies in Rule Writing and Packet Analysis

Lab 1: Verifying the License

Lab 2: Testing the Environment by Running Attack PCAPs

Lab 3: Viewing Events

Lab 4: Layer 2 and 3 Simulation

Lab 5: Inline Interface Configuration

Lab 6: Creating Objects

Lab 7: Creating an Access Control Policy (Port Inspection)

Lab 8: Creating an Access Control Policy (Application Awareness)

Lab 9: URL Filtering

Lab 10: Including an IPS Policy in Access Control Rules

Lab 11: Creating a File Policy

Lab 12: Tuning the Network Discovery Policy

Lab 13: Viewing FireSIGHT Data

Lab 14: User Discovery

Lab 15: Creating a Correlation Policy Based on Connection Data

Lab 16: White Lists

Lab 17: Working with Connection Data and Traffic Profiles

Lab 18: Creating an Intrusion Policy

Lab 19: Including FireSIGHT Recommendations in an Intrusion Policy

Lab 20: Tuning Your HTTP_Inspect Preprocessor

Lab 21: Apply and Test Your Policy and Variable Set

Lab 22: Create User Accounts and Configure the UI Timeout Value

Lab 23: Testing Exempt and Non Exempt Users

Lab 24: Permission Escalation

Lab 25: Working with External Accounts

Lab 26: Analysis Lab

Lab 27: Tuning Events

Lab 28: Context Explorer

Lab 29: Comparing Trends with Reports

Lab 30: Writing Custom Rules

Lab 31: Research and Packet Analysis

Lab 32: Revisiting the Kaminsky Vulnerability

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

What does GTR stand for?

GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Course material and instructor was excellent, one of the labs didnt work very well.

Think this course can be longer, as there are so many details and services that need to be discussed.

The course had a balanced structure with labs that helped supplement the learning material and it was incredibly beginner friendly.

Great class, labs, and content. Very thorough and labs actually work with the lab guide. :)

Great course, with an amazing instructor Ruben Lopez. Would definitely recommend this course.

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