Cisco Content Security Management Appliance

Centralize Email and Web Security Management

The Cisco Content Security Management Appliance (SMA) centralizes management and reporting functions across multiple Cisco email and web security appliances. It simplifies administration and planning, improves compliance monitoring, helps to enable consistent enforcement of policy, and enhances threat protection.


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Features and Capabilities

Centralized Management, Tracking, and Reporting for Web

The Cisco SMA simplifies administration by publishing configurations from a single management console to multiple Cisco email and web security appliances. You can manage updates and settings centrally on the Cisco SMA console rather than on the individual appliances. Or, you can dedicate specific appliances to individual applications in high-volume deployments. Fully integrated reporting consolidates real-time traffic data from multiple Cisco email and web security appliances.

Primary web tracking and reporting capabilities of Cisco SMA include:

  • Records individual web transactions, such as IP address, username, domain name, and time
  • Tracks employee use of applications like Facebook, YouTube, and IM
  • Aggregates web tracking information in real time and displays it graphically
  • Identifies websites, URL categories, and applications accessible with company devices

Centralized Management, Tracking, Reporting, and Quarantine for Email

With Cisco SMA, you can manage updates and settings centrally rather than on the individual appliances. Message tracking aggregates data from multiple Cisco email security appliances, including data categorized by sender, recipient, message subject, and other parameters. Scanning results, such as spam and virus verdicts, are also displayed, as are policy violations. It also:

  • Tracks and reports on message disposition, URLs, and other email attributes
  • Consolidates email security quarantines into a single repository
  • Includes antispam, antivirus, Outbreak Filters, policy quarantines, and more

By centralizing the management of multiple appliances, your administrators can enforce consistent acceptable use policies across your organization.

Enhanced Threat Protection

The Cisco SMA gives you a comprehensive view of security for greater threat intelligence, defense, and remediation. It centrally manages email spam quarantines, monitors threats across multiple web and email security gateways, scores web reputations, and detects botnets. You can also use the SMA's reporting capabilities to identify and address key activities and trends for data loss prevention (DLP) and remediation.

Flexible Deployment

Cisco Security Management Virtual Appliance (SMAV) helps you deploy and manage web and e-mail security wherever and whenever it's needed. This platform virtualization has the same look and feel as the Cisco Web Security Virtual Appliance (WSAV) and Cisco Email Security Virtual Appliance (ESAV).

You gain an easy way to evaluate the Cisco Security Management Appliance if you don’t have one. Just download, apply the trial license, and run your virtual SMA. SMAV can manage both hardware and virtual appliances.

Specifications at a Glance

Deployment Users* Model Description
Large Enterprise 10,000+
Built on the latest generation of appliance hardware, the M680 is the highest-performing model in the Cisco SMA product line
Medium-Sized Enterprise 1000 to 10,000
For midsize deployments; built on the latest generation of appliance hardware
Small Business or Branch Office Up to 1000 Cisco SMA M170 For organizations and branch offices with fewer than 1000 users

*Please confirm sizing guidance with a Cisco content security specialist to help ensure your solution will meet your current and projected needs.

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