Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance – SWSA 300-725

Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance – SWSA 300-725

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Course Overview

The Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance (SWSA) course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to effectively secure web traffic using Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA). Participants will learn how to deploy, configure, and administer the Cisco WSA to protect against web-based threats, enforce web usage policies, and ensure secure web browsing for users.


  • Familiarity with TCP/IP networking concepts.
  • Understanding of basic network security principles.
  • Knowledge of web protocols such as HTTP and HTTPS.
  • Experience with Cisco networking devices and configuration.
  • Familiarity with Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is beneficial but not mandatory.


The course will utilize a combination of instructor-led lectures, hands-on labs, and group discussions. Participants will have access to a virtual lab environment where they can practice configuring and managing the Cisco WSA. The instructor will provide guidance, demonstrations, and real-world examples to facilitate understanding and practical application of the course material.

Course Outline

Introduction to Cisco Web Security Appliance

   Overview of web security challenges and solutions

   Introduction to Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) architecture and features

   Licensing and deployment options for Cisco WSA

Configuring Web Proxy Services

   Configuring network settings and proxy services on Cisco WSA

   Implementing access policies and web filtering

   Enforcing acceptable use policies and URL filtering

Authentication and Authorization

   Configuring user authentication options

   Integrating with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for authentication

   Implementing access control policies based on user and group identities

Malware and Threat Protection

   Understanding web-based threats and malware types

   Configuring anti-malware scanning and protection

   Implementing Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) integration

Data Security and Encryption

   Implementing data loss prevention (DLP) policies

   Configuring HTTPS decryption and inspection

   Enforcing encryption policies and SSL/TLS controls

Reporting and Monitoring

   Utilizing reporting tools and logs for web traffic analysis

   Configuring real-time monitoring and alerts

   Generating and interpreting reports for security analysis


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key features and architecture of Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
  • Deploy and configure Cisco WSA to secure web traffic
  • Implement web filtering and access control policies
  • Configure user authentication and authorization mechanisms
  • Protect against web-based threats and malware
  • Enforce data security and encryption policies
  • Utilize monitoring and reporting tools for web traffic analysis


The course includes hands-on labs that provide participants with practical experience in configuring and managing the Cisco Web Security Appliance. Some of the lab exercises may include:

  • Initial setup and configuration of Cisco WSA
  • Configuring web proxy services and access policies
  • Implementing user authentication and integrating with Cisco ISE
  • Enabling anti-malware scanning and Cisco AMP integration
  • Configuring data loss prevention (DLP) policies
  • Monitoring web traffic and generating reports

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