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Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS)

High performance. Resiliency. Security operations empowerment.

Comprehensive and consistent protection

As cyberattacks evolve, network security requires unparalleled visibility and intelligence covering all threats for comprehensive protection. And with differing organisational responsibilities and agendas, you need a consistent security enforcement mechanism. These increasing operational demands call for a renewed focus on dedicated NGIPS to provide a deeper level of security and visibility for the enterprise.

NGIPS features and benefits


With Firepower Management Centre, you can see more contextual data from your network and fine-tune your security. View applications, signs of compromise, host profiles, file trajectory, sandboxing, vulnerability information, and device-level OS visibility. Use these data inputs to optimise security through policy recommendations or Snort customisations.


NGIPS receives new policy rules and signatures every two hours, so your security is always up to date. Cisco Talos leverages the world’s largest threat detection network to bring security effectiveness to every Cisco security product. This industry-leading threat intelligence works as an early-warning system that constantly updates with new threats.

Operational cost

Use NGIPS automation to increase operational efficiency and reduce overhead by separating actionable events from noise. Prioritise threats for your staff and improve your security through policy recommendations based on network vulnerabilities. Stay informed on what rules to activate and deactivate, and filter events pertinent for the devices on your network.


Cisco Firepower NGIPS flexible deployment options meet the needs of the enterprise. It can be deployed at the perimeter, at the data centre distribution/core, or behind the firewall to protect mission-critical assets, guest access, and WAN connections. NGIPS can be deployed for inline inspection or passive detection.


Firepower NGIPS plugs into your network without major hardware changes or significant time to implement. Enable and manage several security applications from a single pane with Firepower Management Centre. Seamlessly navigate between NGIPS, NGFW, and AMP to optimise your security and ingest third-party data through Cisco Threat Intelligence Director.

High-performance appliances

Cisco Firepower (4100 Series and 9000 Series) appliances are purpose-built to provide the right throughput, modular design, and carrier-class scalability. They incorporate a low-latency, single-pass design and include fail-to-wire interfaces.

Find the best NGIPS for you

Cisco Firepower NGIPS is available on many appliance models and in both physical and virtual form factors. Choose the best option for your use case and throughput needs.

Firepower 1000 Series

  • Designed for small to medium business, branch office
  • Threat inspection from 650 Mbps to 2.2 Gbps
  • Includes AVC, with AMP and URL options

Firepower 2100 Series

  • Designed for sales and remote offices
  • Threat inspection from 2.0 to 8.5 Gbps
  • Includes AVC, with AMP and URL options
  • Fail-to-wire interfaces available 

Firepower 4100 Series

  • Designed for Internet-edge, high-performance environments
  • Threat inspection from 10 to 20 Gbps
  • Includes AVC, with AMP and URL options
  • Fail-to-wire interfaces available

Firepower 9000 Series

  • Designed for service provider and data centre deployments
  • Threat inspection up to 90 Gbps
  • Includes AVC, with AMP and URL options
  • Fail-to-wire interfaces available

NGIPSv for VMware

  • Small branch offices and remote locations
  • Threat inspection up to 800 Mbps
  • East-west data centre/PCI critical servers
  • Full NGIPS and options functionality

Firepower Threat Defense for ISR

  • Designed for branch and remote offices
  • Threat inspection up to 800 Mbps
  • Deployed on ISR G2 and 4000 Series routers
  • Increased security, lower WAN costs

Superior threat protection from Firepower NGIPS

  • Intrusion detection: Stop more threats and address attacks. For vulnerability prevention, the Cisco Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System can flag suspicious files and analyse for not yet identified threats.
  • Public cloud: Enforce consistent security across public and private clouds for threat management. Firepower NGIPS is based on Cisco’s open architecture, with support for Azure, AWS, VMware, and more hypervisors.
  • Internal network segmentation: Accommodate network agendas with an enforcement mechanism that spans the requirements of various internal organisations.
  • Vulnerability and patch management: Use insights from Cisco IPS to patch high-priority vulnerabilities in a shorter period with fewer resources, without delay from your organisation’s test process or environment.

Upgrade to Firepower NGIPS

If you have a Cisco IPS or Sourcefire NGIPS, find an upgrade path that’s best for you. (PDF - 328 KB)

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Our access control policy platform is integrated with Firepower NGIPS to provide rapid threat containment.

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