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Securing Cisco Networks with Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (SSFIPS)


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  • 4 Days Course
    Security (CLS)

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    Securing Cisco Networks with Cisco Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)1 is an instructor-led course offered by Cisco Learning Services High-Touch Delivery. It is a lab-intensive course that introduces students to the powerful features of the Cisco and Sourcefire systems, including Cisco FireSIGHT technology (formerly Sourcefire FireSIGHT technology), in-depth event analysis, IPS tuning and configuration, and the SNORT rules language.


    You will learn how to use and configure next-generation Cisco and Sourcefire technology, including application control, firewall, and routing and switching capabilities. You will also learn to properly tune systems for better performance and greater network intelligence while taking full advantage of powerful tools for more efficient event analysis, including file type and network-based malware detection.


    This course combines lecture materials and hands-on labs throughout to make sure that you are able to successfully deploy and manage the Cisco and Sourcefire system.


    Associated Exam:

    This course prepares you to take the Securing Cisco Networks with Sourcefire IPS exam



    Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

    •  Describe the Cisco and Sourcefire systems infrastructure
    • Navigate the user interface and administrative features of the Cisco and Sourcefire systems, including reporting functionality to properly assess threats
    • Describe how to deploy and manage Cisco and Sourcefire devices
    • Describe the role FireSIGHT technology plays in the Cisco and Sourcefire systems
    • Describe, create, and implement objects for use in Access Control policies
    • Describe advanced policy configuration and Sourcefire system configuration options
    • Analyze events
    • Write and configure several basic rules


    • Module 1: Cisco and Sourcefire Systems Overview and Classroom Setup
    • Module 2: Device Management
    • Module 3: Object Management
    • Module 4: Access Control Policy
    • Module 5: Network-based Malware Detection
    • Module 6: FireSIGHT Technology
    • Module 7: Correlation Policies
    • Module 8: IPS Policy Basics
    • Module 9: Advanced IPS Policy Configurations
    • Module 10: User Account Management
    • Module 11: Event Analysis
    • Module 12: Reporting
    • Module 13: Basic Rule Syntax and Usage
    • Module 14: Case Studies in Rule Writing and Packet Analysis

    Lab Outline

    • 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: Configuring the Inline Interface
    • 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: Tunning 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: Tunning Your HTTP_Inspect Preprocessor
    • Lab 21: Applying and Testing Your Policy and Variable Set
    • Lab 22: Creating User Accounts and Configuring the User Interface 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: Tunning 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 Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability

    Target Audience

    This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy and/or manage a Cisco and Sourcefire systems in a network environment. The primary audience for this course includes:

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


    The recommended knowledge and skills that a learner should have for the best learning outcome include:

    • Technical understanding of TCP/IP networking and network architecture
    • Basic familiarity with the concepts of Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and IPS