- Paperback: 840 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (June 7, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587051583
- ISBN-13: 978-1587051586
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,051,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cisco ASA and PIX Firewall Handbook 1st Edition
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About the Author
David Hucaby, CCIE® No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with healthcare networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, IP Telephony, PIX, and VPN product lines. David was one of the beta reviewers of the PIX version 7 Firewall operating system software.
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I have been administering Cisco PIXs since around 2001 and have plenty of experience with configuring and administering Cisco's earlier PIX OSs (5.x & 6.x). This book does a superb job at bringing me up to speed on the latest commands for the 7.x while still providing the full body of commands for earlier OSs. When in the field and administering a PIX and, probably in a situation where the Internet is not up to check Cisco's website, this is the only book I need to bring along.
* Chapter 6 provides the most up-to-date description of the different types of NAT employed (Static, Policy, Identity, Exception, & PAT) and configuration examples of each.
* Chapter 7 - Failover - this chapter was really the first chapter I referenced on a regular basis. When Cisco updated the OS to 7.0, the functionality of failover was greatly improved. This chapter does a great job at documenting the new options as well as including material on the older failover options. Couple with Chapter 8 on load balancing.
* Chapter 10 - Monitoring the Firewall - the book demonstrates the power and flexibility of the updated packet capture features.
I did find some minor typos/editorial mistakes but nothing too grave. One topic this book is sorely lacking is VPN coverage (the author readily acknowledges this). Overall, I believe this book is a superb resource for a firewall admin or a candidate for the CCSP or CCIE Security. I'm usually not too fond of CiscoPress's Firewall books, but this book is definitely a welcome addition.
I give this book 5 pings out of 5:
Not only is David's book designed to be more than a reference guide. By going through the step by step process and understanding, but it details numerous features, commands and methods to help individuals understand what they are seeing or expecting. While exploring the book I found several nice facts including a quick bit in chapter 3 "Configuring Interfaces" where David talks about Priority Queue and the differences between current 6.x and new 7.x code. As we have learned with PIX code up to version 7.x it was all best-effort, but then has begun to change for the future. Thus this section while small is an excellent section to show the detail packed and excellent example of why this book needs to be on every security engineers and administrators desk or bookshelf. Other features in this book is provide us the reader with excellent examples of the evolution of Cisco's firewall operating code as it moves from version 6.x to 7.x platform.
Cisco has begun to introduction new features and support new platforms like the Firewall Service Module (FWSM) and the new Cisco ASA into an already growing product line in high demand. With the book David spends time showing how the same configuration items behave with each different code level or hardware platform that Cisco has introduced and currently supports. This alone can clearly help any individual attempting to understand and compare Cisco Firewalls product lines. Yet while this is another excellent example of why the book is a must have, the final that comes to mind is the detailed Appendix's that David has included from a complete list of error codes for all PIX syslog errors or messages to A "Well-Known Protocol and Port Numbers" section.
At one point I found myself looking from chapter to chapter and spot to spot without realizing I was jumping around. Cause regardless of where you are in the book you too will find yourself jumping around to either review something or cross-reference an item. If I was to change anything in the book, it would be the cover cause the material is as perfect as possible considering the length and time clearly spent learning and comparing the differences that the book contains. Why do I say the cover needs to be changed you ask? Well I think that as a security engineer or administrator you will be referencing this material so much that the soft cover will become damaged and show the wear and tear that comes with true usage and appreciation of a book of this caliber.
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