SSFIPS: Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next-Generation IPS v4.0

The Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next-Generation IPS (SSFIPS) v4.0 course shows you how to deploy and use Cisco Firepower® Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS). This hands-on course gives you the knowledge and skills to use the platform features and includes firewall security concepts, platform architecture and key features; in-depth event analysis including detection of network-based malware and file type, NGIPS tuning and configuration including application control, security intelligence, firewall, and network-based malware and file controls; Snort® rules language; file and malware inspection, security intelligence, and network analysis policy configuration designed to detect traffic patterns; configuration and deployment of correlation policies to take action based on events detected; troubleshooting; system and user administration tasks, and more.

This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower (300-710 SNCF), which leads to CCNP Security and Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security Firepower certifications. The 300-710 SNCF exam has a second preparation course as well, Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (SSNGFW). You can take these courses in any order.

Exam Number:
Exam Name:
Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower (SNCF)
CCNP Security; Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security Firepower

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  • Technical understanding of TCP/IP networking and network architecture
  • Basic familiarity with the concepts of IDS and IPS

What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials and official Cisco courseware
  • Remote lab access

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the components of Cisco Firepower Threat Defense and the managed device registration process
  • Detail Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) traffic control and configure the Cisco Firepower system for network discovery
  • Implement access control policies and describe access control policy advanced features
  • Configure security intelligences features and the Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Networks implementation procedure for file control and advanced malware protection
  • Implement and manage intrusion and network analysis policies for NGIPS inspection
  • Describe and demonstrate the detailed analysis techniques and reporting features provided by the Cisco Firepower Management Center
  • Integrate the Cisco Firepower Management Center with an external logging destination
  • Describe and demonstrate the external alerting options available to Cisco Firepower Management Center and configure a correlation policy
  • Describe key Cisco Firepower Management Center software update and user account management features
  • Identify commonly misconfigured settings within the Cisco Firepower Management Center and use basic commands to troubleshoot a Cisco Firepower Threat Defense device

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Overview
  • Module 2: Cisco Firepower NGFW Device Configuration
  • Module 3: Cisco Firepower NGFW Traffic Control
  • Module 4: Cisco Firepower Discovery
  • Module 5: Implementing Access Control Policies
  • Module 6: Security Intelligence
  • Module 7: File Control and Advanced Malware Protection
  • Module 8: Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems
  • Module 9: Network Analysis Policies
  • Module 10: Detailed Analysis Techniques
  • Module 11: Cisco Firepower Platform Integration
  • Module 12: Alerting and Correlation Policies
  • Module 13: System Administration
  • Module 14: Cisco Firepower Troubleshooting


  • Lab 1: Initial Device Setup
  • Lab 2: Device Management
  • Lab 3: Configuring Network Discovery
  • Lab 4: Implementing and Access Control Policy
  • Lab 5: Implementing Security Intelligence
  • Lab 6: File Control and Advanced Malware Protection
  • Lab 7: Implementing NGIPS
  • Lab 8: Customizing a Network Analysis Policy
  • Lab 9: Detailed Analysis
  • Lab 10: Configuring Cisco Firepower Platform
  • Lab 11: Integration with Splunk
  • Lab 12: Configuring Alerting and Event Correlation
  • Lab 13: System Administration
  • Lab 14: Cisco Firepower Troubleshooting