The Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual (formerly FTDv) integration from Alkira’s Marketplace provides seamless security service insertion for any network connected to the Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXPs). Alkira allows customers to avoid the complexity to deploy and maintain their own Cisco Secure Firewall instances in the native cloud environments. This enables our customers to gain full visibility and control of:

  • Traffic from customer on-premises networks to the cloud
  • Traffic between virtual networks in the same cloud provider
  • Multi-cloud traffic between different cloud providers

Figure 1: Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual + Alkira Solution Overview

With this integration, customers can leverage Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual in the Alkira CXP as a service and extend their enterprise security postures to the cloud. Customers can simply assign cloud networks to groups, and then configure and apply Alkira’s Intent-Based Policies to traffic flows between the groups and intelligently steer them to the Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual services.

Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual can be used for:

  • Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
  • Stateful Firewall Inspection
  • URL Filtering
  • Application Visibility and Control
  • Malware Defense

Figure 2: On-Premise Firewall Management Center (FMC) and Cisco Secure Firewall in Alkira CXP

Customers can deploy multiple instances of Cisco Secure Firewall in regional Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXP’s) to provide security policy enforcement for application traffic between any set of endpoints connected to the Alkira global cloud backbone.

Figure 3: Firewall Management Center Virtual (FMCv) on Public Network and Cisco Secure Firewall in Alkira CXP

Typically in customer environments, Cisco Secure Firewall instances are managed by the customer’s existing Firewall management Center. This platform can either be delivered as an on-premises appliance, or a virtualized appliance running in the cloud (Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual, FMCv).

Deployment of Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Service

Figure 4: Firewall Deployment Steps in CSP and Alkira CXP

Implementing an enterprise grade security architecture using any firewall NVAs is complex and involves several steps. However, Alkira simplifies the deployment of Cisco Secure Firewall instances in your Alkira tenant with only three steps.

Figure 5: Alkira UI Portal

You access your managed cloud infrastructure of Alkira Tenant using a unique URL permitted to be accessed via only allowed-list of your IP addresses.

Figure 6: Alkira CXP

The Cisco Secure Firewall Service can be deployed in any regional Alkira Cloud Exchange Point (CXP) through the Alkira’s Service MarketPlace. In the left panel of the CXP, you can choose to connect your on-premises, remote offices/branches, partners, and remote users using different connectivity options as Direct Connect/Azure Express, SD-WAN, IPSec and Alkira’s VPN Client. From the right panel of the CXP, you can connect your cloud resources (AWS, Azure, GCP, OCI) and also provide Internet connectivity to any resources connected to your Alkira tenant.

Figure 7: Single Page UI configuration for Cisco Secure Firewall Service in CXP

Now let us look at the three steps for deploying a Cisco Secure Firewall Service in Alkira. So in the first step, from the Services panel of the CXP, you will configure the Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Service with a single UI configuration page. While configuring the service, you can choose to allow Auto-Scale of the instances as per your business requirements, this is the second step.

Figure 8: Defining traffic selection policy in Alkira for Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Service

By default, there is no traffic sent to the firewalls in the CXP. In the third and final step, you configure the Alkira Policy to select which traffic must go through the firewall before reaching the destination. Once all three steps have been completed, you have finished your deployment of the Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Service in Alkira.

With Cisco Secure Firewall in Alkira, customers can inspect traffic flows from cloud to cloud (intra and inter/multi-cloud), cloud to on-premises, on-premises to cloud, on-premises/cloud to Internet, and more. In addition, Cisco Secure Firewall allows customers to implement use cases for URL filtering, application visibility and control, as well as malware defense.

Furthermore, Alkira and Cisco’s partnership simplifies the deployment of enterprise grade security in the cloud while enabling multi-cloud visibility and end-to-end threat defense for customers.

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