Cisco SMA (Secure Email and Web Manager)
Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager is a local web and email security gateway that helps organizations protect their email and web communications from malware, phishing, and other threats. The gateway includes a robust set of features to monitor inbound and outbound email traffic, filter web traffic, and block malicious content. In addition, Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager offers detailed user controls, extensive reporting capabilities, and integration with third-party antivirus and antispam solutions.
Organizations can use the licensed Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager to protect their employees from malware, phishing attacks, and other online threats. Gateway filtering features can block malicious content before it reaches users’ mailboxes, while the web filtering feature can prevent users from accessing malicious websites. In addition, the gateway provides detailed user controls that allow administrators to specify which users have access to which email and web resources. Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager also includes extensive reporting capabilities so that organizations can keep track of reporting patterns. E-mail and web traffic and identify potential security threats.
Additionally, Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager integrates with leading anti-virus and anti-spam solutions to provide an additional layer of protection for email and web communications. The gateway can also be used in conjunction with Cisco’s Secure Web Gateway solution, providing businesses with a complete solution to protect their email and web traffic.
Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager is available as a virtual appliance or a hardware appliance. It can be deployed as a standalone solution or integrated into an existing Cisco ASA firewall for additional protection.
The solution offers a comprehensive feature set to protect email and web traffic, including:
- Web encryption to protect data and transactions.
- Email encryption to protect confidential information in transit.
- Authentication to ensure that only authorized users have access to email and web resources.
- Content filtering to block spam, phishing and malware. URL filter to block malicious or inappropriate websites.
Simplified administration and planning
With Cisco SMA’s intuitive and easy-to-use user interface, network administrators can publish policy settings and configuration changes to multiple Cisco ESAs and Cisco WSAs from a single console. Alternatively, organizations can dedicate specific appliances to individual applications for high-volume deployments.
Additionally, network managers can be notified when security appliances exceed their recommended capacity. Cisco SMA license reports the number of transactions per second as well as system latency, response time, and proxy buffer. This information can be used by network managers to determine when to reconfigure the system or install additional appliances.
Improved Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement
Centralized reporting and tracking help determine which users are violating acceptable use policies, identify policy violators across services or websites, and monitor usage of Web 2.0 applications such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as URL visits in specific categories such as “sports”. By centralizing the management of multiple appliances, administrators can enforce consistent usage policies across the enterprise.
Enhanced Threat Protection
The licensed Cisco SMA provides a comprehensive view of an organization’s security operations, providing better threat intelligence, defense, and remediation. Key features include centralized spam quarantine management, comprehensive threat monitoring across multiple web security gateways, web reputation assessment, and botnet detection. Cisco SMA reporting features can also be used to help administrators identify and remediate data loss prevention (DLP) related activities.
High performance and scalability
Cisco SMA has two proprietary databases optimized for reporting and tracking, rather than a single generic database. Appropriate calculations are applied to each query for fast, real-time reporting.
Based on the high-performance Cisco AsyncOS operating system, Cisco SMA offers industry-leading scalability to meet the needs of small, medium, and large businesses and service providers.