Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance (SWSA) v3.0

CCNP Security certification

Learn to implement, use, and maintain Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) powered by Cisco Talos with the 2-day Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance course. Our seasoned instructors enable you to provide advanced protection for business email and control against web security threats while securing Cisco's specialist and professional credentials.


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Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance Course Overview

Vinsys' Cisco SWSA v3.0 training explains deploying proxy services, using authentication, implementing policies to control HTTPS traffic/access, use control settings, and policies. It helps you utilize the solution’s anti-malware features, implement data security and data loss prevention, and perform administration of the Cisco WSA solution.

Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance course prepares you for the 300-725 exam, required for Cisco Certified Specialist-Web Content Security and CCNP Security certifications. It also lets you earn 16 Continuing Education (CE) credits towards the recertification.

Course Curriculum


  • Individuals interested in hands-on skills for high-demand responsibilities focusing on web security. 
  • Network Managers, Network/Security Technicians, and Security Engineers/Managers involved in web security. 
  • Security Architects, System Designers, Network Administrators, and Operations Engineers. 
  • Those willing to complete Cisco Certified Specialist-Web Content Security and CCNP Security credentials.


  • Knowledge of TCP/IP services, from Domain Name System (DNS), Secure Shell (SSH), FTP, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), to HTTP and HTTPS. 
  • Understanding of IP routing. 
  • At least one of the following essential technical competencies or the equivalent knowledge:
  • Windows expertise, including Microsoft Specialist, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), CompTIA A+, Network+ or Server+. 
  • Cisco Networking Academy letter of completion (CCNA 1/CCNA 2).
  • CCENT certification or higher. 
  • Relevant industry credentials such as International Information System Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)2), Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+, International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) or ISACA. 


  • Learning to describe Cisco WSA.
  • Deploying proxy services.
  • Utilizing authentication.
  • Describing decryption policies for controlling HTTPS traffic.
  • Understanding differentiated traffic access policies and identification profiles.
  • Enforcing acceptable use control settings.
  • Defending against malware.
  • Describing data security/data loss prevention.
  • Performing administration/troubleshooting

About the Certifications - 300-725 SWSA : Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance

Cisco Certified Specialist-Web Content Security, a specialist credential, approves your knowledge of Cisco Web Security Appliance, covering proxy services, authentication, decryption policies, differentiated traffic access policies and identification policies, acceptable use control settings, malware defense, data security, and data loss prevention. The following exam is necessary:  

  • 300-725 SWSA. 

CCNP Security, a professional accreditation, certifies your or your teams' skills with security solutions. The following concentration and core exams must be cleared:

  • 300-725 SWSA.
  • 350-701 SCOR.

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  • 5-days Instructor-led Online Training
  • Experienced Subject Matter Experts
  • Approved and Quality Ensured Training Material
  • 24*7 Leaner Assistance And Support


Customized to your team's need

  • Blended Learning Delivery Model (Self-Paced E-Learning And/Or Instructor-Led Options)
  • Course, Category, And All-Access Pricing
  • Enterprise-Class Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Enhanced Reporting For Individuals And Teams
  • 24x7 Teaching Assistance And Support 

Course Outline

  • Technology Use Case.
  • Cisco WSA Solution/Features/Architecture.
  • Proxy Service.
  • Integrated Layer 4 Traffic Monitor.
  • Data Loss Prevention.
  • Cisco Cognitive Intelligence.
  • Management Tools.
  • Cisco Advanced Web Security Reporting (AWSR) and Third-Party Integration.
  • Cisco Content Security Management Appliance (SMA).
  • Explicit Forward Mode vs. Transparent Mode.
  • Transparent Mode Traffic Redirection.
  • Web Cache Control Protocol.
  • Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP) Upstream/Downstream Flow.
  • Proxy Bypass/Caching.
  • Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) Files.
  • FTP Proxy.
  • Socket Secure (SOCKS) Proxy.
  • Proxy Access Log and HTTP Headers.
  • Customizing Error Notifications with End User Notification (EUN) Pages.
  • Authentication Protocols/Realms.
  • Tracking User Credentials.
  • Explicit (Forward)/Transparent Proxy Mode.
  • Bypassing Authentication with Problematic Agents.
  • Reporting/Authentication.
  • Re-Authentication.
  • FTP Proxy Authentication.
  • Troubleshooting Joining Domains and Test Authentication.
  • Integration with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE).
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS)/Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Inspection Overview.
  • Certificate Overview.
  • Overview of HTTPS Decryption Policies.
  • Activating HTTPS Proxy Function.
  • Access Control List (ACL) Tags for HTTPS Inspection.
  • Access Log Examples.
  • Overview of Access Policies.
  • Access Policy Groups.
  • Overview of Identification Profiles.
  • Identification Profiles/Authentication.
  • Access Policy and Identification Profiles Processing Order.
  • Other Policy Types.
  • Access Log Examples.
  • ACL Decision Tags and Policy Groups.
  • Enforcing Time-Based/Traffic Volume Acceptable Use Policies and End User Notifications.
  • Web Reputation Filters.
  • Anti-Malware Scanning.
  • Scanning Outbound Traffic.
  • Anti-Malware/Reputation in Policies.
  • File Reputation Filtering/File Analysis.
  • Cisco Advanced Malware Protection.
  • File Reputation and Analysis Features. 
  • Integration with Cisco Cognitive Intelligence.
  • Controlling Web Usage.
  • URL Filtering/Category Solutions.
  • Dynamic Content Analysis Engine.
  • Web Application Visibility and Control.
  • Enforcing Media Bandwidth Limits. 
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) Access Control.
  • Filtering Adult Content.
  • Data Security.
  • Cisco Data Security Solution.
  • Data Security Policy Definitions.
  • Data Security Logs.
  • Monitoring the Cisco Web Security Appliance.
  • Cisco WSA Reports.
  • Monitoring System Activity Through Logs.
  • System Administration Tasks.
  • Troubleshooting.
  • Command Line Interface.
  • Comparing Cisco WSA/SMA Models.
  • Overview of Connect, Install, and Configure.
  • Deploying the Cisco Web Security Appliance Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Template.
  • Mapping Cisco Web Security Appliance Virtual Machine (VM) Ports to Correct Networks.
  • Connecting to the Cisco Web Security Virtual Appliance.
  • Enabling Layer 4 Traffic Monitor (L4TM).
  • Accessing/Running the System Setup Wizard.
  • Reconnecting to the Cisco Web Security Appliance.
  • High Availability Overview.
  • Hardware Redundancy.
  • Introducing Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP).
  • Configuring Failover Groups for High Availability.
  • Feature Comparison Across Traffic Redirection Options.
  • Architecture Scenarios When Deploying Cisco AnyConnect® Secure Mobility.
  • Configuring the Cisco Web Security Appliance.
  • Deploying Proxy Services.
  • Configuring Proxy Authentication and HTTPS Inspection.
  • Creating/Enforcing a Time/Date-Based Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Configuring Advanced Malware Protection and Referrer Header Exceptions.
  • Utilizing Third-Party Security Feeds and MS Office 365 External Feed.
  • Validating an Intermediate Certificate.
  • Viewing Reporting Services/Web Tracking.
  • Performing Centralized Cisco AsyncOS Software Upgrade Using Cisco SMA.

Course Reviews


Vinsys is a globally admired Corporate and Individual training provider with 25+ years of verifiable experience. Our instructor-led online courses, internationally-acclaimed expertise, customizable skill-development programs, and 24*7 learner support ensure the most comprehensive upskilling arrangement, a must for capitalizing on valuable Cisco Web Security opportunities.

It allows you to implement Cisco WSA for securing web gateways, providing malware protection, and using policy controls to address the challenges of securing/controlling web traffic.

Yes, in addition to expert instructions, you benefit from hands-on lab practices.

Please note, 300-725 is merely a concentration exam. Such exams allow you to customize your credentials as per your chosen technical areas of focus. To achieve the CCNP Security accreditation, you must also clear the 350-701 SCOR core exam. 

300-710 SNCF, 300-715 SISE, 300-720 SESA, 300-730 SVPN or 300-735 SAUTO. 

Cisco's SWSA v3.0 training from Vinsys makes sure you pass the necessary exam on the first attempt. You are authorized to use the Cisco Certification logo once you are certified.