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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 2 edition (9 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587054574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587054570
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition, is a guide for the most commonly implemented features of the popular Cisco® firewall security solutions. Fully updated to cover the latest firewall releases, this book helps you to quickly and easily configure, integrate, and manage the entire suite of Cisco firewall products, including ASA, PIX®, and the Catalyst® Firewall Services Module (FWSM).


Organized by families of features, this book helps you get up to speed quickly and efficiently on topics such as file management, building connectivity, controlling access, firewall management, increasing availability with failover, load balancing, logging, and verifying operation.


Sections are marked by shaded tabs for quick reference, and information on each feature is presented in a concise format, with background, configuration, and example components.


Whether you are looking for an introduction to the latest ASA, PIX, and FWSM devices or a complete reference for making the most out of your Cisco firewall deployments, Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition, helps you achieve maximum protection of your network resources.


“Many books on network security and firewalls settle for a discussion focused primarily on concepts and theory. This book, however, goes well beyond these topics. It covers in tremendous detail the information every network and security administrator needs to know when configuring and managing market-leading firewall products from Cisco.”

–Jason Nolet, Vice President of Engineering, Security Technology Group, Cisco


David Hucaby, CCIE® No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with health-care networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA, FWSM, and VPN product lines. He was one of the beta reviewers of the ASA 8.0 operating system software.


  • Learn about the various firewall models, user interfaces, feature sets, and configuration methods
  • Understand how a Cisco firewall inspects traffic
  • Configure firewall interfaces, routing, IP addressing services, and IP multicast support
  • Maintain security contexts and flash and configuration files, manage users, and monitor firewalls with SNMP
  • Authenticate, authorize, and maintain accounting records for firewall users
  • Control access through the firewall by implementing transparent and routed firewall modes, address translation, and traffic shunning
  • Define security policies that identify and act on various types of traffic with the Modular Policy Framework
  • Increase firewall availability with firewall failover operation
  • Understand how firewall load balancing works
  • Generate firewall activity logs and learn how to analyze the contents of the log
  • Verify firewall operation and connectivity and observe data passing through a firewall
  • Configure Security Services Modules, such as the Content Security Control (CSC) module and the Advanced Inspection Processor (AIP) module


This security book is part of the Cisco Press® Networking Technology Series. Security titles from Cisco Press help networking professionals secure critical data and resources, prevent and mitigate network attacks, and build end-to-end self-defending networks.


Category: Networking: Security

Covers: Cisco ASA 8.0, PIX 6.3, and FWSM 3.2 version firewalls


$60.00 USA / $69.00 CAN

About the Author

David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with health-care networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA, FWSM, and VPN product lines. He was one of the beta reviewers of the ASA 8.0 operating system software. He has a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of three other books from Cisco Press: CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide, Cisco Field Manual: Router Configuration, and Cisco Field Manual: Catalyst Switch Configuration.


He lives in Kentucky with his wife, Marci, and two daughters.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Al on 7 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought Cisco ASA 5505 lately and didn't know how to configure the thing so I picked up this book hoping it would guide me through complete configuration of the device. Well, I ended up with buying another book on Cisco technologies (Cisco: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition) which is absolute must if you have never dealt with Cisco before. I used to own Cisco 871 router and it was a charm to run and configure: easy wizards to run out of the box. Not the ASA and as a result not this book. You've really got to have some time spent with Cisco IOS prior to configuring something more sophisticated than 800 series. I gave this book 5 stars rating as I believe it contains extensive material on the subject especially firewall and security, but it won't guide you through ASA's setup initial wizards and configs as you might expect. I wish the author(s) included that part too since I was not really into buying and reading another 900 pages of how IOS started as I simply wanted to get things configured and running as with 800 series router and move on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
surveys Cisco's offerings 11 Feb. 2008
By W Boudville - Published on
Format: Paperback
For the sysadmin of a Cisco firewall product, this book is an up to date survey of what Cisco offers in this arena. The book has a quick going over of the theory behind most firewalls. But the bulk of the text looks at the various product lines and how you can install and, more importantly, easily manage them on an ongoing basis.

The screen captures are helpful. Showing that Cisco has put some thought into the usability of their boxes.

I won't say the book makes for enthralling reading. It is perhaps best suited as a reference manual. Where the only sections you need are for your firewall model.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference manual covering most day to day admin tasks for the PIX and ASA 25 April 2008
By Michael L. Cooter - Published on
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Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook
Second Edition
Author : David Hucaby
Publisher: Cisco Press
Reviewed by: Michael Cooter

Pros: Thorough, comprehensive, and in-depth
Cons: Not for ASA/PIX Novices, more suited for Firewall admins with solid experience. More of a reference than a book you would read cover to cover.

Chapter List: Chapter 1, "Firewall Overview", Chapter 2 "Configuration Fundamentals" Chapter 3 "Building Connectivity", Chapter 4 "Firewall Management", Chapter 5 "Managing Firewall Users", Chapter 6 "Controlling Access Through the Firewall", Chapter 7 "Inspecting Traffic", Chapter 8 "Increasing Firewall Availability with Failover, Chapter 9 "Firewall Load Balancing", Chapter 10 "Firewall Logging", Chapter 11 "Verifying Firewall Operation", Chapter 12 "ASA Modules", Appendix A, "Well-Known Protocol and Port Numbers, Appendix B "Security Applicance Logging Messages"

Book Review:

Cisco ASA, PIX and FWSM Firewall Handbook is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference manual that belongs on the shelf of anybody who manages a Cisco Firewall device. At nearly 870 pages, this is not a small book that you would want read cover to cover, but instead an excellent reference that you would use to learn more about a specific topic of ASA and PIX administration.

I am familiar with the author, David Hucaby from reading his CCNP Switching book, written in 2000. Hucaby has a very clear and insightful writing style and has the ability to take complex topics and break them down to a more understandable level for novices.

Chapters of interest to me were on Firewall Load Balancing , Traffic Inspection, also the on Failover.


I highly recommend this book for any administrator who is responsible for an ASA or PIX. This book is not an great introduction to the topic, but would be better suited as a companion to "Securing Your Business with Cisco ASA and PIX Firewalls" by Greg Alebar.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book but doesn't cover VPN 9 April 2009
By Edward Huang - Published on
Format: Paperback
Great ASA book, updated for version 8, covers PIX too and helped for exam study. Does not cover anything on VPN! (IPsec or Web) which is one of the major purposes for the ASA - users travelling, work at home, vendor access. Omar Santos' book covers VPN although it is for older version 7. Would have given 5 stars if not for the VPN omission. Edward Huang CCSP/CCDA
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ASA is mentioned on the cover and thats about the extent of it. 30 Dec. 2009
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I'm unhappy with this book. it says ASA on the cover but this book is clearly written for PIX firewalls. They don't even mention VPN in the book.
Firewall Bible 6 Sept. 2012
By Rohit Gupta - Published on
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This book has been my companion since I first laid my hands on firewall. I bought this book from Amazon just to be able to read it anywhere on Cloud Reader, my phone or my tablet. This book has never failed to answer any question I had thrown at it. Its goes right up there as a gem in my bookshelf.

The book is well written, easy to understand and with enough examples to cement the concept in your mind.
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