This chapter covers the following topics:
The Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance provides an advanced Adaptive Identification and Mitigation (AIM) architecture and is a key component of the Cisco Self-Defending Network. Three Cisco ASA 5500 Series models are available:
This chapter provides an overview of the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance hardware, including performance and technical specifications. It also provides an overview of the Adaptive Inspection and Prevention Security Services Module (AIP-SSM), which is required for IPS features.