If you read the post here on the blog regarding a short history of Cisco Firepower, you recall that Cisco acquired a successful company named Sourcefire and this brought the Firepower technology into the company.
Let’s take a look at the progression of products that have resulted from this acquisition, and provide some more details on the latest technology (as of this writing) which is Firepower Threat Defense (FTD).
Classic FirePOWER 7000 Series Appliances
Classic FirePOWER 8000 Series Appliances
FirePOWER Services on ASA 5500-X
ASA5506-X, ASA5506H-X, ASA5506W-X
Firepower Threat Defense on ASA 5500-X
Firepower Threat Defense on Firepower 4100 Series
4110, 4120, 4140, 4150
Firepower Threat Defense on Firepower 2100 Series
2110, 2120, 2130, 2140
Remember, FTD is so exciting because it represents the convergence of code from the Sourcefire FirePOWER software and the Cisco ASA software as well as the code representing new features.
The Sourcefire code is actually implemented as multiple software components inside the system and includes:
Firepower core software – includes Snort, Web server, database, and firmware
Software patches and hotfixes
Vulnerability database (VDB)
Geolocation database (GDB)
URL filtering database
Security Intelligence Feed
Local malware detection
Integration components – might include ISE integration, AD integration, etc.