From Managing Cisco Network Security

PIX Firewall Manager

When you need to administer a large network, you will have one or more firewalls on the border of your network, connecting either to the Internet or to a customer s company with whom you need to communicate. The firewalls installed on your network will play an important role in protecting against intruders from outside your network. It is critical that you manage them effectively and efficiently.

Cisco has developed PIX Firewall Manager for their PIX Firewall product range to do just this. The rules for accessing your network are defined at a central point and can be distributed to multiple firewalls on the border of your network.

PIX Firewall Manager Overview

When you have one or more PIX Firewalls installed on your network protecting the resources inside your network against potential intrusion from outside, you can use PIX Firewall Manager to administer and manage the PIX Firewall device security policy. PIX Firewall Manager can manage one or more PIX Firewalls from any host with a Graphical User Interface (GUI). The most basic use of PIX Firewall Manager is to add, remove, and change the security policy and rules for all communication between your network and the outside world.

PIX Firewall Manager, or PFM, can be installed on a Microsoft Windows NT Server or Workstation and includes two components:

  • Management Server
  • Management Client

After the installation of the PFM software on your server is complete, the new service added to the Windows NT server called PIX Firewall Manager...

Products & Services
Network Firewalls
Network firewalls protect computer networks against unauthorized use or attack. They permit or deny access to private network devices and applications, and represent an important part of an organization's overall security policy. Firewalls may be software applications, hardware devices (such as routers), or a combination of both. They include turnkey products that are relatively easy to install as well as complex, multi-layer installations that require the expertise of a certified network administrator. 
Network Security Services
Network security services determine vulnerability of networks to outside intruders, as well as maintain anti-viral and firewall updates and usage.
Network Appliances
Network appliances are inexpensive personal computers (PC) or computer boards that provide Internet access and promote network security. They lack many of the features of fully-equipped PCs, however.
Security Software
Security software programs are used to restrict access to data, files and users on a computer or server.
Network Security Platforms
Network security platforms are designed to protect networks from incursion by external sources.

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