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CCSP Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced Exam Certification Guide (CCSP Self-Study)


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  • Modular Chapter Organization.
    • Breaks topics down into smaller, easy to understand and absorb blocks of information.

  • Simulation Based Questions.
    • Emulates new testing environment and test hands-on networking skills.

  • CD-ROM Testing Engine and Chapter-ending quizzes.
    • Provides students with feedback on areas requiring further study.

  • Hands-on Lab Exercises.
    • Develops student's ability to apply concepts in real-worl setting, improving concept comprehension.

  • Aligned to Cisco Certification exam objectives.
    • Prepares students for exam.

  • Only Cisco Systems authorized materials of its kind.
    • Students gain knowledge from the source of the exams, courses and technology of the CCNA exam.

  • Copyright 2003
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-067-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-067-0

Official self-study test preparation guide for the Cisco 9E0-111 and 642-521 CSPFA exams

Coverage of the CSPFA topics enables you to identify and fill your knowledge gaps before the exam date. You'll learn about:

  • The comprehensive line of Cisco PIX Firewall products and the technology and features central to each one
  • Transport protocols, Network Address Translation (NAT), and Port Address Translation (PAT)
  • Using access control lists and URL filtering
  • Use and configuration of group objects
  • Attack guards and intrusion detection
  • Concepts that support failover as well as configuration information
  • Enabling a secure virtual private network (VPN)
  • Using Cisco PIX Device Manager to configure a firewall and to create VPNs

Becoming a CCSP distinguishes you as part of an exclusive group of experts, ready to take on today's most challenging security tasks. Administration of the Cisco PIX Firewall is a difficult and complex task, critical for protecting a network. Whether you are seeking a PIX Focused Certification or the full-fledged CCSP Certification, learning what you need to know to pass the CSPFA (Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced) exam will qualify you to keep your company's network safe while meeting business needs.

Each chapter of the CCSP Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced Exam Certification Guide tests your knowledge of the exam subjects through features such as quizzes that assess your knowledge, sections that detail exam topics to master, and areas that highlight essential subjects for quick reference and review. Because experienced IT professionals will agree that the most demanding portion of their jobs is troubleshooting, the final section of this book includes scenarios dedicated to troubleshooting Cisco PIX Firewall configuration. This includes a description of the problem, a portion of the system configuration, debug output, and suggestions to help you resolve the issue. The companion CD-ROM's customizable testing engine enables you to take practice exams that mimic the real testing environment, focus on particular topic areas, randomize answers for reusability, track your progress, and refer to the electronic text for review.

CCSP Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced Exam Certification Guide is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit

Companion CD-ROM
This companion CD-ROM contains a test bank with more than 200 practice exam questions.


Since the publication of this book, new objectives were added to the CCSP PIX exam #642-521. To access preparation material for the updated exam, download the Word documents below, provided by Cisco Press for readers of the first edition.

The Firewall Services Module
Firewall MC

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Getting Started with the Cisco PIX Firewall

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Download - 294 KB -- Chapter 6: Getting Started with the Cisco PIX Firewall

Table of Contents


1. Network Security.

Vulnerabilities. Threats. Types of Attacks. Network Security Policy. AVVID and SAFE. Q&A.

2. Firewall Technologies and the Cisco PIX Firewall.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Firewall Technologies. Cisco PIX Firewall. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

3. The Cisco Secure PIX Firewall.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Overview of the Cisco PIX Firewall. Cisco PIX Firewall Models and Features. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

4. System Maintenance.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Accessing the Cisco PIX Firewall. Installing a New Operating System. Upgrading the Cisco PIX OS. Upgrading the OS Using the copy tftp flash Command. Creating a Boothelper Diskette Using a Windows PC. Auto Update Support. Password Recovery. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

5. Understanding Cisco PIX Firewall Translation and Connections.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. How the PIX Firewall Handles Traffic. Address Translation. Translation Versus Connection. Configuring DNS Support. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

6. Getting Started with the Cisco PIX Firewall.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Access Modes. Configuring the PIX Firewall. Configuring DHCP on the Cisco PIX Firewall. Configuring Time Settings on the Cisco PIX Firewall. Sample PIX Configuration. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

7. Configuring Access.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Configuring Inbound Access Through the PIX Firewall. TurboACL. Object Grouping. Using the fixup Command. Advanced Protocol Handling. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

8. Syslog.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. How Syslog Works. Configuring Syslog on the Cisco PIX Firewall. Configuring a Syslogd Server. Configuring SNMP Traps and SNMP Requests. How Log Messages Are Organized. How to Read System Log Messages. Disabling Syslog Messages. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

9. Cisco PIX Firewall Failover.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. What Causes a Failover Event. What Is Required for a Failover Configuration. Failover Monitoring. Configuration Replication. Stateful Failover. LAN-Based Failover. Configuring Failover. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

10. Virtual Private Networks.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Overview of VPN Technologies. Configuring the PIX Firewall as a VPN Gateway. Cisco VPN Client. Configuring PIX Firewalls for Scalable VPNs. PPPoE Support. Foundation Summary. Q&A. Scenario. VPN Configurations. Completed PIX Configurations. How the Configuration Lines Interact.

11. PIX Device Manager.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. PDM Overview. PIX Firewall Requirements to Run PDM. PDM Installation and Configuration. Using PDM for VPN Configuration. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

12. Content Filtering with the Cisco PIX Firewall.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Filtering Java Applets. Filtering ActiveX Objects. Filtering URLs. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

13. Overview of AAA and the Cisco PIX Firewall.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Overview of AAA and the Cisco PIX Firewall. Cisco Secure Access Control Server (CSACS). Foundation Summary. Q&A.

14. Configuration of AAA on the Cisco PIX Firewall.

How to Best Use This Chapter. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Specifying Your AAA Servers. Configuring AAA on the Cisco PIX Firewall. Cisco Secure and Cut-Through Configuration. Configuring Downloadable PIX ACLs. Troubleshooting Your AAA Setup. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

15. Attack Guards and Multimedia Support.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz. Foundation Topics. Multimedia Support on the Cisco PIX Firewall. Attack Guards. PIX Firewalls Intrusion Detection Feature. ip verify reverse-path Command. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

Appendix A: Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Q&A Questions.

Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Chapter 8. Chapter 9. Chapter 10. Chapter 11. Chapter 12. Chapter 13. Chapter 14. Chapter 15.

Appendix B: Case Study and Sample Configuration.

Task 1: Basic Configuration for the Cisco PIX Firewall. Task 2: Configuring Access Rules on HQ. Task 3: Configuring Authentication. Task 4: Configuring Logging. Task 5: Configuring VPN. Task 6: Configuring Failover. Whats Wrong with This Picture?


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