Cisco Security Applications

This chapter reviews a number of Cisco-defined CCIE Security written exam blueprint objectives covering security applications and the Cisco Secure product suites.

This chapter covers the following topics:

■ Cisco Secure for Windows (NT) and Cisco Secure ACS—Introduces Cisco Secure, the Cisco security application that is available on Windows platforms, and Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS), which provides additional network security when managing IP networks designed with Cisco devices.

■ IDS Fundamentals—Covers intrusion detection systems (IDSs), which allow administrators to monitor their networks for protocol anomalies and much more. A solid understanding of IDS fundamentals and different IDS technologies is required before analysis and deployment discussions can be covered.

■ Cisco Secure Intrusion Detection System and Catalyst Services Modules—Describes Cisco Secure IDS, which ensures that networks are secured. Coverage also includes inline IDS and the Catalyst Services Module.

■ CiscoWorks VMS—Describes how CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS), an integral element of the SAFE Blueprint for enterprise network security from Cisco, can be used to help secure networks.

■ Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator and Cisco Secure VPN Client—Includes information on the VPN Concentrator and the Cisco Secure VPN Client required to ensure that connections over public networks are secured.

■ Cisco Router and Security Device Manager (SDM)—Details SDM, a web-based embedded device manager of Cisco IOS-enabled devices.

■ Security Information Monitoring System—Explains how Cisco IDS can monitor and identify intruder-based attacks and enable security information to be monitored and acted upon.

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