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A Devops, API Driven Approach to NGFW

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So, I have been kicking the tires on the FTD-API on the Cisco NGFW Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) 6.3 software. The FTD-APIs allow one to completely control the platform without the use of SSH or a GUI. Read more

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Firepower FlexConfig – A Practical Example

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Managing Your Firepower Appliance

If you are running a Firepower NGFW appliance from Cisco, you have two options to manage the device:

  • Firepower Device Manager (FDM) – An on-box GUI and set of APIs to directly control a Firepower appliance.
  • Firepower Management Center (FMC) – A management station used to control a collection of Firepower appliances and collect, correlate, and report on events generated by the Firepower appliance.

(At least today) These two options to manage your Firepower appliance are mutually exclusive; you can use one or the other. This article is focused on using the FlexConfig feature in FDM. Read more