Cisco Security Appliance

Cisco Security Appliance
Cisco Security Appliance

In this article we will talk about Cisco Security Appliance, and in previous article we already discussed about Navigating the Linux Desktop – CLI

Cisco Security Appliance

Content security appliances include fine-grained control over email and web browsing for an organization’s users.

According to the Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group, in June 2019, 85% of all email sent was spam. Phishing attacks are a particularly virulent form of spam. Recall that a phishing attack entices the user to click a link or open an attachment. Spear phishing targets high-profile employees or executives that may have elevated login credentials. This is particularly crucial in today’s environment where, according to the SANS Institute, 95% of all attacks on enterprise networks are the result of a successful spear phishing attack.

The Cisco ESA is a device that is designed to monitor Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). The Cisco ESA is constantly updated by real-time feeds from the Cisco Talos, which detects and correlates threats and solutions by using a worldwide database monitoring system. This threat intelligence data is pulled by the Cisco ESA every three to five minutes. These are some of the functions of the Cisco ESA:

  • Block known threats.
  • Remediate against stealth malware that evaded initial detection.
  • Discard emails with bad links (as shown in the figure).
  • Block access to newly infected sites.
  • Encrypt content in outgoing email to prevent data loss.

The Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) is a mitigation technology for web-based threats. It helps organizations address the challenges of securing and controlling web traffic. The Cisco WSA combines advanced malware protection, application visibility and control, acceptable use policy controls, and reporting.

Cisco WSA provides complete control over how users access the internet. Certain features and applications, such as chat, messaging, video and audio, can be allowed, restricted with time and bandwidth limits, or blocked, according to the organization’s requirements. The WSA can perform blacklisting of URLs, URL-filtering, malware scanning, URL categorization, Web application filtering, and encryption and decryption of web traffic.

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