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    How to prepare the CCSP Certification

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

    The CCSP certification has CCNA Security as a prerequisite, so you can’t start without that one. Then you need to take 4 more exams, 3 of them are fixed and the last one you can choose out of a list of elective exams. 1. CCNA Security – pre-requisite; Exam 642-553. This one is the entry-level […]

    How to configure IOS Zone-Based Firewall

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    Cisco introduced IOS Zone-Based Firewalling (ZFW) in Cisco IOS 12.4(6)T. Cisco announced that their strategic direction for IOS firewalling is going to be with Zone-Based Firewalling. They will continue to support Classic IOS Firewall, but all the new developments will be through Zone-Based Firewalling. Zone-Based Firewall changes the IOS stateful inspection model from Classic Firewall’s […]

    How to Configure the IOS HTTP Application Firewall

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

    Configuring a new feature, the IOS HTTP Application Firewall, can further enhance the Cisco IOS Classic Firewall. HTTP uses TCP port 80 to transport Internet web services, which are commonly used on the network and rarely challenged with regard to their legitimacy and conformance to standards. Because traffic on TCP port 80 is typically allowed […]

    How to Configure the IOS Classic Firewall

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    The Cisco IOS Classic Firewall implements stateful inspection of traffic flow through the router. The router intercepts packets that it has been configured to intercept, and tracks the state of the packets and compares them against patterns of normal behavior. The IOS code understands the way that specific protocols operate, and IOS provides support for […]

    Summary of Cisco IOS Firewall

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    IOS Firewall is firewall functionality that is included within specific feature licenses of the Cisco IOS. Cisco IOS is the operating system that most Cisco devices operate. All routers, including the new Integrated Services Routers (ISR) run Cisco IOS. Cisco IOS has had a form of firewalling included since the very early releases. This was […]

    Simple configuration of Context-Based Access Control

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    Technical characteristics: 1. Traffic filtering CBAC checks not only the information of the network layer and the transport layer but also the information of the application layer. It can also filter the http traffic and block java plug-in 2. Traffic monitoring CBAC monitors the traffic passing through the router and handles the TCP and UDP […]

    Few Words – IP Prefix Lists

    Saturday, June 6th, 2009

    Ip prefix-list provides the most powerful prefix based filtering mechanism Here is a quick little tutorial on Prefix-lists for you. A normal access-list CANNOT check the subnet mask of a network. It can only check bits to make sure they match, nothing more. A prefix-list has an advantage over an access-list in that it CAN […]

    How to configure reflexive access lists

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    This post describes how to configure reflexive access lists on your router. Reflexive access lists provide the ability to filter network traffic at a router, based on IP upper-layer protocol "session" information. 【Lab Topology】

    VPN Virtual Tunnel Interfaces

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    While doing a recent deployment, I ran across this concept. It’s a slightly different way to configure VPNs on a Cisco router that (for me) is far less confusing and finicky. If you’ve ever configured VPNs using a PIX firewall or IOS router, you probably know of the pain associated with making sure your crypto […]