About Security Intelligence
As an early line of defense against malicious internet content, Security Intelligence uses reputation intelligence to quickly block connections to or from IP addresses, URLs, and domain names. This is called Security Intelligence block listing.
Security Intelligence is an early phase of access control, before the system performs more resource-intensive evaluation. Using a Block list improves performance by quickly excluding traffic that does not require inspection.
You cannot use a Block list to block fastpathed traffic. 8000 Series fastpathing and prefilter evaluation occur before Security Intelligence filtering. Fastpathed traffic bypasses all further evaluation, including Security Intelligence.
Although you can configure custom Block lists, Cisco provides access to regularly updated intelligence feeds. Sites representing security threats such as malware, spam, botnets, and phishing appear and disappear faster than you can update and deploy custom configurations.
You can refine Security Intelligence Block listing with Do Not Block lists and monitor-only Block lists. These mechanisms exempt traffic from being blocked by a Block list, but do not automatically trust or fastpath matching traffic. Traffic added to a Do Not Block list or monitored at the Security Intelligence stage is intentionally subject to further analysis with the rest of access control.