The Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (FMC) is an administrative service to manage Cisco security products running on multiple platforms. The Cisco FMC provides unified management of Cisco Firepower with Threat Defense (FTD) software for port and protocol control, application control, IPS, URL filtering, and malware protection functions. Cisco Firewall Management Center is the centralized event and policy manager for the following Cisco’s security platforms:
Firewall Management Center (FMC) provides comprehensive information about the network users, applications, devices, threats and vulnerabilities and analyze your network constantly. FMC then provides tailored recommendations regarding security policies to implement, plus prioritization of security events to investigate.
The Cisco FMC delivers easy-to-use policy dashboards to control access and protect your network against known attacks. By integrating FMC with advanced malware protection and sandboxing technology, it provides tools to track malware infections inside your network and all these capabilities is unified in a single management interface. You can perform a variety of functions, from core firewall management to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks.
Also, Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC) include Cisco Threat Intelligence Director (TID) which operationalizes threat intelligence data, helping you aggregate intelligence data, configure defensive actions, and analyze threats in your environment. This ability is offering an additional line of defense against threats.
Cisco Firewall Secure Management Center can be deployed either as a hardware appliance or as a virtual machine.
Deployment models and specifications are mentioned below:
Cisco FS750 is a hardware appliance which supports up to 10 sensors managed, 20 million maximum events, 100 GB event storage and network map up to 2K hosts, 2K users.
Cisco FS2000 is a hardware appliance and supports up to 250 sensors managed, 60 million maximum events, 1.8 TB event storage and network map up to 150K hosts, 150K users.
Cisco FS4000 is a hardware appliance which supports up to 300 sensors managed, 300 million maximum events, 3.2 TB event storage and network map up to 600K hosts, 600K users.
Cisco FMC2500 is a hardware appliance which supports up to 300sensors managed, 60 million maximum events, 1.8 TB event storage and network map up to 150K hosts, 150K users.
Cisco FMC4500 is a hardware appliance which supports Up to 750 sensors managed, 300 million maximum events, 3.2 TB event storage and network map up to 600K hosts, 600K users.
Cisco FMC Virtual Machine is a virtual solution that supports up to 25 sensors managed, 10 million maximum events, 250 GB event storage and Network map up to 50K hosts, 50K users.
Cisco FMC300 Virtual Machine is a virtual solution that needs more resources than FMCv and can be handful in enterprise data centers.
Cisco Firepower Management Center allows you to manage different licenses for various platforms such as ASA, Firepower and etc. A single Firepower Management Center can manage both devices that require Classic licenses and Smart Licenses. The FMC can be deployed in both hardware and virtual solution on the network. A hardware Firepower Management Center does not require purchase of additional Cisco FMC licenses or service subscriptions in order to manage devices though the Firepower Management Center Virtual has additional licensing requirements.
Moreover, by using Cisco FMC PLR License all premium features for FMC itself and all Firepower devices (up to 25 different devices) would be activated permanently while assigning this license requires no connectivity to the Internet. Using Cisco FMC PLR license, all the following licenses would be activated on all FTD devices being managed by FMC:
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