I’ve implemented plenty of ASA 5525-X firewalls with the integrated IPS software module. While the legacy Cisco IPS module does what it’s intended to do, it leaves a great deal to be desired in terms of customization and usability. That’s why I’m very excited to try out Cisco’s new ASA with FirePOWER services. This is the SourceFire implementation when Cisco bought them back in mid-2013. SourceFire was at the top of their game when Cisco bought the company out for $2.7 billion. So it will be very exciting to see how it turned out. NSS Labs performed preliminary testing and found that the ASA/SourceFire combo was more affective at stopping malware than any other vendor including Fortinet and Palo Alto. Looks like good times ahead for Cisco network security in 2015!