Configuring Zone Based Firewalls via SDM

Last month I talked about the fundamentals for understanding zone based firewalls (See the post Understanding Zone Based Firewalls). So for today’s post I want to go ahead and talk about configuring the zone based firewalls but with the Cisco SDM (Security Device Manger). The Cisco SDM is a Web-based device management tool a GUI for Cisco routers this can simplify router deployments and reduce ownership costs. (See the post Configure Cisco SDM) Instead of talking about what is zone based firewalls lets jump into the configuration of them. Continue reading “Configuring Zone Based Firewalls via SDM”

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Understanding Zone Based Firewalls

Earlier we talked about using CBAC (See the post Understanding CBAC) the “classic firewall” and we mention some information about zone based firewalls but not nearly enough. So today we will be talking about zone based firewalls. Why are they different? We also will learn the basics about what is zone based and what are the advantages compared to CBAC. Continue reading “Understanding Zone Based Firewalls”

Cisco IDS vs. IPS

There are tons of network attacks out there. Using a firewall helps but does look for signature based attacks. Access Control Lists are like firewalls and only look at the protocols like HTTP, FTP POP, etc. Cisco has developed some tools that will help network administrators combat the issue; IDS, (Intrusion Detection System) and IPS. (Intrusion Prevention System) Continue reading “Cisco IDS vs. IPS”

Understanding CBAC

Although using hardware firewalls are an excellent step forward when securing your network. They can cost money and are not cheap to set up and configure. Using CBAC is built-into the Cisco IOS router and helps filter those unwanted protocols that are in your network. When setting up routers as firewalls you have some choices like using CBAC the “Classic” firewall, or zone based policy (ZBF). Today we will talk about CBAC and how to understand the core components of what make CBAC possible. Continue reading “Understanding CBAC”