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Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall

Get started with your Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)

Your Firepower Next-Generation Firewall Journey

These resources will assist you in setting up your Next-Generation Firewall, starting with Onboard. Your journey doesn’t end with the Use phase. Stay tuned for additional resources to help you engage, adopt, and optimize.



Ready to start planning for your Next-Generation Firewall setup? Get started with these guides. Then, set up your Smart Licensing account and learn about the three NGFW license types. Plus, don't forget, you have Cisco Threat Response.

Get familiar with the installation steps required for your Cisco Firepower Device Manager and Firepower Management Center.


Ready to configure specific firewall policies? Check out the information below on common practices, as well as information on various policy types.


As you move your Next-Generation Firewall from a testing environment to a production environment, follow these simple best practices.

  1. For the initial deployment, start with your traditional firewall. Then, gradually turn on your next-generation features.
  2. If possible, load with a portion of your network traffic first.
  3. For the initial deployment, only turn on the firewall rules that were pre-existing.
  4. Deploy with a safe evaluation configuration.
  5. Once you have confidence in the policy configuration, change the actions to drop the appropriate traffic.


Make sure you have the latest NGFW software version and understand what’s at risk if you don't.

Why you should upgrade NGFW

Discover why software upgrades are critical to your business' safety and how they can help improve the functionality of your solution.

Start your upgrade

Ready to begin your upgrade? Read the latest NGFW release notes to understand how to upgrade your software to the latest version.

Join Cisco Community

The Cisco Community offers a vibrant peer-to-peer network focused on NGFW. Join today for best practices, quick tips, and answers to FAQs.

Ask the Expert

Tune into monthly Cisco Next-Generation Firewall “Ask the Expert” workshops for free, real-time learning and best practices.

Next workshop: Cisco NGFW customer success workshop: URL and AVC policy best practices

  • January 23, 2020, at 10 AM PST
  • January 24, 2020, at 11:30 AM IST

Firewall Migration

Migration Guide: From ASA to FTD

Understand how to prepare for migration, run the tool, and troubleshoot issues.

Migration Tool

Migrate easily from a Cisco ASA firewall to a Cisco Next-Generation Firewall.

Migration Webinar

Watch the recording of the “What is the NGFW Migration Tool?” webinar.