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Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (SSNGFW)

  • Length 5 days
  • Version 1.0
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Why study this course

The Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (SSNGFW) v1.0 course shows you how to deploy and use Cisco Firepower® Threat Defense system.

This hands-on course gives you knowledge and skills to use and configure Cisco® Firepower Threat Defense technology, beginning with initial device setup and configuration and including routing, high availability, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense migration, traffic control, and Network Address Translation (NAT). You will learn how to implement advanced Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) features, including network intelligence, file type detection, network-based malware detection, and deep packet inspection. You will also learn how to configure site-to-site VPN, remote-access VPN, and SSL decryption before moving on to detailed analysis, system administration, and troubleshooting.

This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower (300-710 SNCF), which leads to CCNP Security and Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security Firepower certifications. The 300-710 SNCF exam has a second preparation course as well, Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (SSFIPS). You can take these courses in any order.

Digital courseware: Cisco provides students with electronic courseware for this course. Students who have a confirmed booking will be sent an email prior to the course start date, with a link to create an account via before they attend their first day of class. Please note that any electronic courseware or labs will not be available (visible) until the first day of the class.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe key concepts of NGIPS and NGFW technology and the Cisco Firepower Threat Defense system, and identify deployment scenarios

  • Perform initial Cisco Firepower Threat Defense device configuration and setup tasks

  • Describe how to manage traffic and implement Quality of Service (QoS) using Cisco Firepower Threat Defense

  • Describe how to implement NAT by using Cisco Firepower Threat Defense

  • Perform an initial network discovery, using Cisco Firepower to identify hosts, applications, and services

  • Describe the behaviour, usage, and implementation procedure for access control policies

  • Describe the concepts and procedures for implementing security intelligence features

  • Describe Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Networks and the procedures for implementing file control and advanced malware protection

  • Implement and manage intrusion policies

  • Describe the components and configuration of site-to-site VPN

  • Describe and configure a remote-access SSL VPN that uses Cisco AnyConnect®

  • Describe SSL decryption capabilities and usage

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Who is the course for?

  • Security administrators

  • Security consultants

  • Network administrators

  • System engineers

  • Technical support personnel

  • Cisco integrators and partners

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us via email on


Course subjects

Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Overview

  • Examining Firewall and IPS Technology

  • Firepower Threat Defense Features and Components

  • Examining Firepower Platforms

  • Examining Firepower Threat Defense Licensing

  • Cisco Firepower Implementation Use Cases

Cisco Firepower NGFW Device Configuration

  • Firepower Threat Defense Device Registration

  • FXOS and Firepower Device Manager

  • Initial Device Setup

  • Managing NGFW Devices

  • Examining Firepower Management Center Policies

  • Examining Objects

  • Examining System Configuration and Health Monitoring

  • Device Management

  • Examining Firepower High Availability

  • Configuring High Availability

  • Cisco ASA to Firepower Migration

  • Migrating from Cisco ASA to Firepower Threat Defense

Cisco Firepower NGFW Traffic Control

  • Firepower Threat Defense Packet Processing

  • Implementing QoS

  • Bypassing Traffic

Cisco Firepower NGFW Address Translation

  • NAT Basics

  • Implementing NAT

  • NAT Rule Examples

  • Implementing NAT

Cisco Firepower Discovery

  • Examining Network Discovery

  • Configuring Network Discovery

Implementing Access Control Policies

  • Examining Access Control Policies

  • Examining Access Control Policy Rules and Default Action

  • Implementing Further Inspection

  • Examining Connection Events

  • Access Control Policy Advanced Settings

  • Access Control Policy Considerations

  • Implementing an Access Control Policy

Security Intelligence

  • Examining Security Intelligence

  • Examining Security Intelligence Objects

  • Security Intelligence Deployment and Logging

  • Implementing Security Intelligence

File Control and Advanced Malware Protection

  • Examining Malware and File Policy

  • Examining Advanced Malware Protection

Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems

  • Examining Intrusion Prevention and Snort Rules

  • Examining Variables and Variable Sets

  • Examining Intrusion Policies

Site-to-Site VPN

  • Examining IPsec

  • Site-to-Site VPN Configuration

  • Site-to-Site VPN Troubleshooting

  • Implementing Site-to-Site VPN

Remote-Access VPN

  • Examining Remote-Access VPN

  • Examining Public-Key Cryptography and Certificates

  • Examining Certificate Enrollment

  • Remote-Access VPN Configuration

  • Implementing Remote-Access VPN

SSL Decryption

  • Examining SSL Decryption

  • Configuring SSL Policies

  • SSL Decryption Best Practices and Monitoring

Detailed Analysis Techniques

  • Examining Event Analysis

  • Examining Event Types

  • Examining Contextual Data

  • Examining Analysis Tools

  • Threat Analysis

System Administration

  • Managing Updates

  • Examining User Account Management Features

  • Configuring User Accounts

  • System Administration

Cisco Firepower Troubleshooting

  • Examining Common Misconfigurations

  • Examining Troubleshooting Commands

  • Firepower Troubleshooting


  • Initial Device Setup

  • Device Management

  • Configuring High Availability

  • Migrating from Cisco ASA to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense

  • Implementing QoS

  • Implementing NAT

  • Configuring Network Discovery

  • Implementing an Access Control Policy

  • Implementing Security Intelligence

  • Implementing Site-to-Site VPN

  • Implementing Remote Access VPN

  • Threat Analysis

  • System Administration

  • Firepower Troubleshooting


To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of TCP/IP and basic routing protocols

  • Familiarity with firewall, VPN, and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) concepts

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The supply of this course by DDLS is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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