SWSA – Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance 2.1


2 Days


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.

Course Description:

In this comprehensive two-day course containing hands-on labs, demos, and presentations, you will learn to install, configure, operate, and maintain the S-Series web security appliances. You will focus on HTTP and HTTPS proxy services, L4 traffic monitoring, authentication and web access control, URL filtering, anti-malware filtering, troubleshooting S-Series configuration issues, and S-Series deployment. You will also see how the WSA is used in a SAAS scenario (Security-As-A-Service) and how Cisco WSA can inspect HTTPS traffic. Hands-on labs provide you with a safe environment to experiment with malware and attempt configurations that might not be appropriate for a production network.

What You’ll Learn

  • HTTP and HTTPS proxy services L4 traffic monitoring
  • Authentication and web access control
  • URL filtering anti-malware filtering
  • Anti-malware filtering using reputation, anti-virus and anti-phishing
  • Troubleshoot S-Series configuration issues
  • S-Series deployment

Who Needs to Attend

  • Security architects and system designers
  • Network administrators and operations engineers
  • Network or security managers responsible for web security


  • Knowledge of TCP/IP services, including DNS, SSH, FTP, SNMP, HTTP, and HTTPS
  • Familiarity with IP routing

Course Outline

1. Reviewing the System

2. Installing and Verifying the Cisco Web Security Appliance

3. Configuring Virtual Web Security Appliance Connector to Cisco Cloud Web Security

4. Deploying Proxy Services

5. Utilizing Authentication

6. Configuring Policies

7. Enforcing Acceptable Use with URL Categories

8. Enforcing Acceptable Use: Advanced Topics with Application Visibility and Controls

9. Using Cisco WSA for Security-as-a-Service (SaaS)

10. Defending Against Malware with Reputation score and antimalware scanning

11. Configuring Data Security to prevent Data Loss

12. Describing Cisco Cloud Web Security including Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

13. Performing Administration and Troubleshooting


Lab 1: Access the Cisco Remote Lab

Lab 2: Installing and Verifying the Cisco Web Security Appliance

Lab 3: Deploying Proxy Services

Lab 4: Utilizing Authentication

Lab 5: Configuring Cisco WSA Policies

Lab 6: Enforcing Acceptable Use

Lab 7: Enforcing Acceptable Use: Advanced Topics

Lab 8: Defending Against Malware

Lab 9: Configuring Data Security

Lab 10: Describing Cisco Cloud Web Security

Lab 11: Performing Administration and Troubleshooting