Cisco Web Security Appliance introduction

In this and upcoming posts we’ll discuss the Cisco Web Security Appliance. This is the blog agenda for the upcoming weeks:
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Installing
Part 3: Deploying Proxy Services
Part 4: Policies
Part 5: Acceptable use & HTTPS Inspection
Part 6: Authentication
Part 7: Defending malware
In this blog we’ll talk about the product introduction.
The Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) is an appliance for securing http, https and ftp traffic from (and to) the internet.
The WSA replaces all, or most of these devices in your network:
Anti spyware
URL Filtering
Policy management
As you can see, it’s more than just a regular proxy server.
The internet provides a lot of websites, good websites and bad websites. There are a lot of websites which are not work related for a lot of companies. If you want to limit or block those websites for users, the WSA is the product for you. Limitation can be time based, bandwidth based, user based or category based (79 categories). Road warriors (remote users) can be protected too by Anyconnect security or Web cloud Security, also known as Scansafe.
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