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Virtual Firewalls for Private Cloud

Consistent security across physical and virtual networks

Cisco virtual firewalls seamlessly extend Cisco's industry-leading security to protect your applications and data in private cloud, virtual data centers, software-defined networks (SDN), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Enjoy consistent policies across physical and cloud environments, central management, and deep visibility. Supports Cisco HyperFlex, Nutanix AHV, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V (supported on Cisco ASAv), and KVM hypervisors.

2021 Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award

Cisco Secure Firewall earns an exclusive award for excellence in the global network firewall market.

Why Cisco virtual firewalls?

World-class security controls

Extend Cisco's industry-leading threat intelligence and protection to your private cloud.

Consistent policy and visibility

Consistent security policies, deep visibility, and control across your environments.

Integrate network and security

Seamlessly extend your security architecture into your virtual networks.

Cisco named a leader

Forrester has named Cisco a leader in The Forrester WaveTM: Enterprise Firewalls, Q3 2020.

Features and benefits

Consistent security everywhere

Enjoy consistent enforcement and threat inspection across your physical and virtual data centers, software-defined networks (SDN), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Enhance micro-segmentation with advanced threat capabilities to protect against lateral network intrusions (east-west traffic). Supports VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V (supported on Cisco ASAv), and KVM hypervisors.

Centralized management and deep visibility

Streamlined policy management along with automated risk ranking and impact flags are provided by our deep visibility into your applications, data, and users, reducing event volume so you can quickly prioritize threats and take action. Share intelligence, context, and policies across Cisco security solutions.   

High-performance, scalable security

A scalable VPN securely connects web, data center, and applications--ideal for remote workers and multi-tenant environments. Inspect encrypted traffic, detect and block network intrusions with next-generation IPS (NGIPS), protect against malware, and utilize advanced URL filtering.

World-class threat intelligence

Cisco Talos, the largest threat intelligence team in the world, is comprised of world-class researchers and engineers. Industry-leading visibility provides rapid detection and protection for Cisco customers against known and emerging threats. 

Unified management and integrated solutions

Enjoy unified management with Cisco Defense Orchestrator along with integration across Cisco’s broad portfolio including Application Visibility and ControlNGIPSAdvanced Malware ProtectionIdentity Services EngineTetration, and Cisco Threat Response.

A simplified platform experience

Connect Cisco's integrated security portfolio to your existing infrastructure with Cisco SecureX and gain a consistent experience that unifies visibility, enables automation, and strengthens your security across network, endpoints, cloud, and applications.

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Hypervisor support

Cisco Secure Firewall is supported on the following hypervisors:

Hyperconverged infrastructure support

Cisco Secure Firewall is supported on the following hyperconverged infrastructures: 


Secure Firewall Management Center

Provides unified management of firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and malware defense. 

Defense Orchestrator

Manage security policies simply and consistently from the cloud.

Security Analytics and Logging

Scalable log management with advanced analytics means faster time to detection.

Customer success stories

Protecting students with integrated security tools

“Firepower NGFW enabled us to proactively block threats we weren't blocking before, troubleshoot faster and easier, and know with unprecedented specificity how we're protecting our students against threats.”

-Chris Langford, Director of Network, Infrastructure, and Cyber Security, Lewisville ISD

Managing security at scale with Defense Orchestrator and Threat Response

“With Cisco Defense Orchestrator we can manage all of the security appliances and devices in one location, from one control panel.”

-Aaron Hackney, Principal Architect, Rackspace

Cisco firewalls simplify security management for college district

“Cisco Defense Orchestrator makes firewall builds, management, visibility, and auditing infinitely easier. Things that take 10 minutes in [Defense Orchestrator] take a day or more without it.”

-Mike Muzinich, Senior IT Network Administrator, Los Rios Community College District

Let the experts secure your network with Cisco Services

Cisco offers a wide array of advisory, implementation, managed, technical, and optimization services to help you protect your business.

See, try, or buy a Cisco Secure Firewall

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