The Cisco® Firewall Services Module (FWSM) for Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series switches and Cisco 7600 Series routers is a high-performance, integrated stateful inspection firewall with application and protocol inspection engines. It provides upto 5.5 Gbps of throughput, 100,000 new connections per second, one million concurrent connections or 256,000 NAT translations and upto 80,000 Access Control Lists. Up to four FWSMs can be installed in a single chassis, providing scalability up to 20 Gbps per chassis. As an extension to the Cisco PIX®/ASA family of security appliances, the FWSM provides large enterprises and service providers with superior security, performance, and reliability.
Based on Cisco PIX/ASA firewall technology, the FWSM is a hardened, embedded system that eliminates security holes and performance-degrading overhead. The Cisco FWSM tracks the state of all network communications and prevents unauthorized network access. It delivers strong application-layer security through intelligent, application-aware inspection engines that examine network flows at Layers 4-7, including market-leading protection for voice over IP (VoIP), multimedia, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer applications.
Flexible Management Options
The Cisco FWSM is managed by the integrated Cisco PIX Device Manager (PDM) for the Cisco FWSM Software v2.3 or earlier, or by the Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) for Cisco FWSM Software v3.1 or later for device and policy configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of a single FWSM. Cisco PDM can be launched from the CiscoWorks CiscoView Device Manager (CVDM) for device provisioning of Cisco Catalyst switches and other services modules. The Cisco FWSM can also be managed from centralized, scalable, multidevice policy-based management tools, including CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS); the Cisco Security Manager; and the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (MARS). Together with other security devices, these central management tools manage the FWSM throughout the network in a consistent manner to best expedite large security deployments.
Security Services Integration