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Cisco AIP SSC-5 for ASA 5505

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The hardware-accelerated Cisco ® Advanced Inspection and Protection Security Services Card 5 (AIP SSC-5) for the Cisco ASA 5505 Adaptive Security Appliance brings the market-leading Cisco ASA 5500 IPS solution to the SMB market and to branch deployments. The card's intrusion prevention capabilities greatly enhance firewall protection by blocking threats and network attacks, including worms, Trojans, viruses, and attacks against operating system and application vulnerabilities. Providing up to 75 Mbps of IPS throughput, the AIP SSC-5 can protect both IPv6 and IPv4 networks.
With the AIP SSC-5, the Cisco ASA 5505 helps organizations meet key compliance mandates, including Payment Card Industry (PCI), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).
Table 1 lists ordering information for the AIP SSC-5. Customers can choose one of the following Cisco ASA 5505 AIP SSC-5 bundles or can purchase the AIP SSC-5 separately.

Table 1. Ordering Information for the AIP SSC-5

Product Description

Product ID

Cisco ASA 5505 50-user with AIP SSC-5 bundle



Cisco ASA 5505 unlimited user with AIP SSC-5 and Security Plus License bundle



Cisco ASA AIP SSC-5 Spare


The ASA5505-U-AIP5P-K8 and ASA5505-U-AIP5P-K9 bundles include the Security Plus license, which provides higher connection capacity, more VLANs, and DMZ support.
The software for the Cisco AIP SSC-5 is based on the same software as the larger AIP Security Services Modules. For management simplicity, Cisco AIP SSC-5 can be initialized with a GUI using the Ethernet management port on the host ASA appliance. No console cable is required. The Cisco ASA 5505 with AIP SSC-5 can be managed via Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco IPS Device Manager, or Cisco IPS Manager Express. The Cisco AIP SSC-5 does not support virtualization, Cisco Anomaly Detection, custom signatures, or Global Correlation. Customers requiring these features should consider the Cisco ASA 5510 IPS solution.
Table 2 lists the minimum software that is required with the Cisco ASA 5505 with AIP SSC-5.

Table 2. Minimum Software Required

Minimum Software Required

Cisco ASA Software Release 8.2

Cisco IPS Sensor Software Release 6.2

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the following sites.

• Cisco ASA 5500 Series:

• Cisco ASA 5500 IPS Solution:

• Cisco IPS solutions:

• Cisco IPS Manager Express:

• Cisco ASDM: