Cisco PIX 500 Series Security Appliance

 Cisco PIX 501 Security Appliance (Unlimited User License)













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The Cisco PIX 501 unlimited-user license supports an unlimited number of devices from your internal network to traverse through the Cisco PIX 501. The integrated DHCP server supports up to 256 DHCP leases.


Cleartext throughput: Up to 60 Mbps

56-bit DES IPsec VPN throughput: Up to 6Mbps

168-bit 3DES IPsec VPN throughput: 3Mbps max

128-bit AES IPsec VPN throughput: 4.5Mbps max

Great for Securing home or small office network



Technical Specs.




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The Cisco PIX 501 Security Appliance delivers a multi layered defense for small office network environments through rich, integrated security services, including stateful inspection firewall services, advanced application and protocol inspection, site-to-site and remote access VPN, in-line intrusion prevention, and robust multimedia and voice security-all in a single, integrated solution.
Cisco PIX Security Appliances incorporate the state-of-the-art Cisco Adaptive Security Algorithm, which provides stateful inspection firewall services by tracking the state of all authorized network communications and by preventing unauthorized network access. As an additional layer of security, Cisco PIX Security Appliances integrate over two dozen purpose-built inspection engines that perform in-depth Layers 4-7 inspection of network traffic flows for many of today's popular applications and protocols. To defend networks from application layer attacks and to give businesses more control over applications and protocols in their environment, these inspection engines incorporate extensive application and protocol knowledge and employ security enforcement technologies that range from protocol conformance checking, application and protocol state tracking, Network Address Translation (NAT) services, and attack detection and mitigation techniques such as protocol field length checking and URL length checking.
Administrators can easily create custom security policies using the many flexible access control technologies provided by Cisco PIX Security Appliances including network and service object groups, turbo access control lists (ACLs), user- and group-based policies, and more than 100 predefined applications and protocols. By combining these flexible access control technologies with the powerful stateful inspection firewall services and advanced application and protocol inspection services that Cisco PIX Security Appliances provide, businesses can easily enforce their network security policies and protect their networks from attack.


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Enterprise-Class Security

Reliable, purpose-built security appliance

Uses a proprietary, hardened operating system that eliminates security risks associated with general purpose operating systems
Combines Cisco product quality with no moving parts to provide a highly reliable security platform

Stateful inspection firewall

Provides perimeter network security to prevent unauthorized network access
Uses state-of-the-art Cisco Adaptive Security Algorithm for robust stateful inspection firewall services
Provides flexible access-control capabilities for over 100 predefined applications, services and protocols, with the ability to define custom applications and services
Simplifies management of security policies by giving administrators the ability to create re-usable network and service object groups which can be referenced by multiple security policies, thus simplifying initial policy definition and on-going policy maintenance

Advanced application and protocol inspection

Integrates over two dozen specialized inspection engines for protocols such as Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), Domain Name System (DNS), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), SQL*Net, Network File System (NFS), H.323 Versions 1-4, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP), Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Internet Locator Service (ILS), and many more

Cisco Easy VPN Remote (hardware VPN client)

Enables dramatically simplified VPN rollouts to small office/teleworker environments by eliminating the provisioning complexities of traditional site-to-site VPN deployments
Downloads VPN policy dynamically from a Cisco Easy VPN Server upon connection, ensuring the latest corporate security policies are enforced
Provides robust client-side VPN resiliency with support for up to 10 Cisco Easy VPN Servers with automatic failover, in addition to Dead Peer Detection (DPD) support
Supports optional authentication of individual users behind a Cisco PIX Security Appliance through an easy-to-use, Web-based interface with support for standard and one-time passwords (including authentication tokens)
Extends VPN reach into environments using NAT or PAT, via support of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) UDP-based draft standard for NAT traversal
Supports both split and non-split tunneling environments
Provides intelligent, transparent DNS proxy capabilities for access to both corporate and public DNS servers

Cisco Easy VPN Server

Provides remote access VPN concentrator services for up to 10 remote software or hardware-based VPN clients
Pushes VPN policy dynamically to Cisco Easy VPN Remote-enabled solutions (such as the Cisco VPN Client) upon connection, ensuring the latest corporate security policies are enforced
Supports award-winning Cisco VPN Client on multiple platforms including Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000XP, Sun Solaris, Intel-based Linux distributions, and Apple Macintosh OS X (available separately)

Site-to-site VPN

Supports IKE and IPSec VPN industry standards
Extends networks securely over the Internet by ensuring data privacy/integrity and strong authentication with remote networks
Supports 56-bit DES, 168-bit 3DES, and up to 256-bit AES data encryption to ensure data privacy

Intrusion prevention

Provides protection from over 55 different types of popular network-based attacks ranging from malformed packet attacks to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks
Integrates with Cisco Network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) sensors to identify and dynamically block/shun hostile network nodes

Authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) support

Integrates with popular AAA services via TACACS+ and RADIUS
Provides tight integration with Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) for user/administrator authentication, dynamic per-user/group policies, and administrator access privileges

X.509 certificate and CRL support

Supports SCEP-based enrollment with leading X.509 solutions from Baltimore, Entrust, Microsoft, and VeriSign

Integration with leading third-party solutions

Supports the broad range of Cisco AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) partner solutions that provide URL filtering, content filtering, virus protection, scalable remote management, and more

Integrated security lock slot

Provides ability to physically secure the Cisco PIX 501 Security Appliance using a standard notebook security cable lock (lock not included)

Industry certifications and evaluations

Earned numerous leading industry certifications and evaluations, including:
Common Criteria Evaluated Assurance Level 4 (EAL4)
ICSA Labs Firewall 4.0 Certification, Corporate RSSP Category
Robust Small Office Networking

Integrated 4-port 10/100 switch

Provides convenient, high-speed networking environment for small office environments in a single compact platform
Auto-MDIX support eliminates the need to use crossover cables with devices connected to the switch

DHCP client/server

Obtains IP address for outside interface of appliance automatically from service provider
Provides IP addresses to devices on inside network of the appliance
Delivers "zero touch provisioning" of Cisco IP Phones via automated bootstrapping of CallManager contact information through DHCP server extensions

DHCP relay

Forwards DHCP requests from internal devices to an administrator-specified DHCP server, enabling centralized distribution, tracking and maintenance of IP addresses

NAT/PAT support

Provides dynamic, static, and policy-based NAT, as well as PAT services
Allows multiple users to share a single broadband connection using a single public IP address

PAT for IPSec

Supports IPSec passthrough services, enabling a single device behind the Cisco PIX Security Appliance to establish a VPN tunnel through the firewall to a VPN peer

PPPoE support

Ensures compatibility with networks that require PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) support
Rich Management Capabilities

CiscoWorks VMS

Provides a comprehensive management suite for large scale Cisco security product deployments
Integrates policy management, software maintenance, and security monitoring in a single management console

Cisco PIX Device Manager (PDM)

Intuitive, Web-based GUI enables simple, secure remote management of Cisco PIX Security Appliances
Provides wide range of informative, real-time, and historical reports which give critical insight into usage trends, performance baselines, and security events

Auto Update

Provides "touchless" secure remote management of Cisco PIX Security Appliance configuration and software images via a unique push/pull management model
Next-generation secure XML/HTTPS management interface can be leveraged by Cisco and third party management applications for remote Cisco PIX Security Appliance configuration management, inventory, software image management/deployment, and monitoring
Supports dynamically addressed appliances in addition to firewalls with static IP addresses
Integrates seamlessly with Management Center for Firewalls and Auto Update Server for robust, scalable remote management of up to 1000 Cisco PIX Security Appliances (per management server)

Cisco PIX command-line interface

Allows customers to use existing Cisco IOS CLI knowledge for easy installation and management with little additional training needed
Accessible through variety of methods including console port, Telnet, and SSH

Command-level authorization

Gives businesses the ability to create up to 16 customizable administrative roles/profiles for managing a Cisco PIX Security Appliance (for example, monitoring only, read-only access to configuration, VPN administrator, firewall/NAT administrator, etc.)
Leverages either the internal administrator database or outside sources via TACACS+, such as Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS)

SNMP and syslog support

Provide remote monitoring and logging capabilities, with integration into Cisco and third-party management applications




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