Cisco ASA 5500 series adaptive security appliances deliver a robust suite of highly integrated, market-leading security services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprises, service providers, and mission-critical data centers - in addition to providing unprecedented services flexibility, modular scalability, feature extensibility, and lower deployment and operations costs.
A key component of the Cisco secure borderless network, the Cisco ASA 5500 series adaptive security appliances deliver superior scalability, a broad span of technology and solutions, and effective, always-on security designed to meet the needs of a wide array of deployments. By integrating the world's most proven firewall; a comprehensive, highly effective intrusion prevention system (IPS) with Cisco global correlation and guaranteed coverage; high-performance VPN and always-on remote access, the Cisco ASA 5500 series helps organizations provide secure, high performance connectivity and protects critical assets for maximum productivity.
Market-proven security capabilities
The Cisco ASA 5500 series integrates multiple full-featured, high-performance security services, including application-aware firewall, SSL and IPsec VPN, IPS with Global Correlation and guaranteed coverage, antivirus, antispam, antiphishing, and web filtering services. Combined with real-time reputation technology, these technologies deliver highly effective network- and application-layer security, user-based access control, worm mitigation, malware protection, improved employee productivity, instant messaging and peer-to-peer control, and secure remote user and site connectivity. The only IPS with market leading reputation technology, Cisco IPS with global correlation provides twice the efficacy of legacy IPS and includes guaranteed coverage for enhanced peace of mind.
Extensible integrated services architecture
The Cisco ASA 5500 series offers businesses strong, adaptive protection from the fast-evolving threat environment through its unique combination of hardware and software extensibility and its powerful Modular Policy Framework (MPF). The innovative extensible multiprocessor design and software architecture of the Cisco ASA 5500 series enables businesses to easily install additional high-performance security services through security services processors (SSPs), security services modules (SSMs) and security services cards (SSCs). This provides businesses with outstanding investment protection, while enabling them to expand the security services profile of their Cisco ASA 5500 series as their security and performance needs grow.
Reduced deployment and operations costs
The Cisco ASA 5500 series enables standardization on a single platform to reduce the overall operational cost of security. A common environment for configuration simplifies management and reduces training costs for staff, while the common hardware platform of the series reduces sparing costs. Additional efficiencies are realized by deploying integrated capabilities, obviating the need for the complex designs required to connect standalone solutions.
Comprehensive management interfaces
The graphical Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), a comprehensive command line interface (CLI), verbose syslog, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support round out a rich complement of management options. Multi-unit deployments benefit greatly from Cisco security manager, a platform capable of managing distributed deployments of hundreds of devices.