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Getting Started with Cisco Firepower – Initial Configuration

by Katherine McNamara

As threats become more and more complicated, it's important to understand how to protect your network. Understanding how to deploy Cisco Firepower Threat Defense is critical to set up that first line of defense.

What you'll learn

Imagine that you've been given a new site to deploy and tasked with setting up the edge Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) firewall. In this course, Getting Started with Cisco Firepower - Initial Configuration, you will learn foundational knowledge on how to deploy Firepower Threat Defense firewall. First, you will learn how to bootstrap both the Firepower firewall and Firepower Management Center. Next, you will discover how to configure interfaces, how objects work in the FTD system, and routing. Finally, you will explore how to configure NAT on FTD. When you're finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Cisco Firepower needed to initially configure it and have it forward packets.

About the author

Katherine McNamara is a Cybersecurity Systems Engineer and works with large enterprise customers in California. She has worked in IT for over 10 years, holds a Bachelors and Masters in IT Security, has 2 CCIEs (Data Center and Security), and dozen other industry certifications. Outside of her day job, she runs a blog called which provides training articles and videos about ISE and others Cisco security products and helping co-organize the largest Cisco study Meetup group in the... more

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