Cisco Security Specialist’s Guide to PIX Firewall

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Cisco Security Specialist’s Guide to PIX Firewall immerses the reader in the highly complicated subject of firewall implementation, deployment, configuration, and administration. This guide will instruct the reader on the necessary information to pass the CSPFA exam including protocols, hardware, software, troubleshooting and more.

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Cisco Security Specialist’s Guide to PIX Firewall

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Over the years the PIX Firewall has come a long way. There is so much that it can do these days, from standard firewall filtering, to IDS, PDM, IPSEC, encryption, and various other VPN technologies, among others. Having such an extended feature set makes understanding it all a difficult proposition. That is where this book succeeds. First of all, the book is up to date on the latest version and feature set. There are few, if any books that are as recent. Furthermore, the book covers, in detail, all PIX features and gives clear examples. Even better, there is a definite undertone of real-world PIX experience built into the writing. I learned so many things from reading this book that I could not find on Cisco’s website. I thoroughly enjoyed the side bars on “Configuring & Implementing” and “Designing & Planning”. Overall I highly recommend reading this book. I find myself going back on a regular basis to consult a certain chapter to help me with my daily duties, which include managing various PIX firewalls. Good Stuff!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Anonymous says:

    Finally someone has written a decent book on the PIX Firewall! The authors bypass all of the typical fluff (i.e. Intro to TCP/IP) that usual networking and security books begin with. The text is straight to the point. Well worth the time, effort, and money. The ONLY reason I didn’t give this text 5 stars is that not enough attention is paid to configuring without the use of NAT – not all companies use NAT on the PIX. But again, this is better than the rest!!! It’ll keep you from having to write your own PIX book. This book is not “…For Dummies.”
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Scott says:

    This is the most complete and up-to-date book on PIX firewalls I have read. I looked at the Cisco Press book, but it was way out of date. The Richard Deal book is missing some topics, and isn’t enough to pass the exam. This one covers it all, and each topic is covered in detail. I passed 9E0-111 today. Two more exams to go to get my CCSP!!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Stuart says:

    Our company uses all of the PIX models from the 501 to the 535s. We are also now using 6.2 I was looking for a book that had coverage on all the models and also was written to v6.2. I got this book, becuase it looked like it would cover all of this, and I just finished reading it last night. The stuff I learned in the book combined with my on the job experience, I now feel like I know just about verything there is. The book was well written with a good level of detail, and it also has lots of output and some pretty good diagrams that help to get the point across.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Will says:

    I read this book cover to cover and I learned a lot more than I thought I would. I have a fair amount of experience with PIX firewalls, and I just wanted something to review before taking the exam (I passed). I found there was a lot I didn’t know, and all the configs reall helped. I’m not quite sure why the other reviewer would take the time to write a bad review if he hasn’t even read the book yet.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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