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Automating Cisco ASA and Firepower Policies Using APIs

by Nick Russo

Network security is more important today than ever before. This course will teach you how to automate common security operations on Cisco ASA, FTD, and FMC products in the context of enterprise Internet Edge security design.

What you'll learn

Conceptually, firewall security policies are straightforward, but managing them in production has historically been a challenge due to scale, efficacy, and business alignment. In this course, Automating Cisco ASA and Firepower Policies Using APIs, you'll leverage Ansible to configure Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) policies via infrastructure-as-code. Next, you'll discover how to interact with the Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) REST API to reconstruct classic ASA policies on the next-generation security platform, which integrates firewall and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) capabilities. Finally, you'll learn how to manage distributed FTD deployments using the Firepower Management Center (FMC) REST API, a centralized "single pane of glass" for the Firepower ecosystem of products. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of security programmability needed to confidently build, design, and operate professional-grade automation solutions.

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About the author

Nicholas (Nick) Russo, CCDE #20160041 and CCIE #42518, is an internationally recognized expert in IP/MPLS networking and design. To grow his skillset, Nick has been focused advancing Network DevOps via automation for his clients. Recently, Nick has been sharing his knowledge through online video training and speaking at industry conferences. Nick also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Nick lives in Maryland, USA with his wife, Car... more

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