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Cloud Web Security

Mitigate web threats with comprehensive, cloud-delivered web security.

Enterprises rely heavily on the web not only to innovate and compete, but also to conduct daily business. However, this business critical tool also introduces new and complex challenges. Cisco® Cloud Web Security provides industry-leading security and control for the distributed enterprise.

Built on an industry-leading global threat-visibility network, Cisco Cloud Web Security delivers the strong protection, complete control, and investment value that businesses need. Utilizing a proven, mature, and scalable platform, Cloud Web Security provides continuous protections across the extended network. Through a combination of best-in-class up-time, unmatched zeroday threat protection, advanced malware protection, and cutting-edge analysis, Cloud Web Security provides monitoring and analysis across the extended network and throughout the full attack continuum: before, during, and after an attack.

As a cloud service, Cloud Web Security delivers superior flexibility. You can easily deploy and scale the service with multiple connection options while using the existing infrastructure. A single management interface provides global control, providing enforcement of detailed web-usage policies across an entire organization. And through the Cisco AnyConnect® Secure Mobility Client, Cloud Web Security extends its strong protection to roaming laptop users ensuring the same on-premises policies are enforced no matter where users are located or on what device.

Help ensure data protection with top-tier data center facilities that deliver an SLA of 99.999 percent uptime. With automatic updates from Talos, Cloud Web Security stays current with the latest threat information. Security is always on and available, freeing your staff to focus on other priorities.


  • Granular web use policies: Set and enforce across the entire environment for applications, websites and specific webpage content.
  • Easy to integrate: With flexible network integration options, you can connect Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS) to your existing infrastructure.
  • Real-time threat intelligence: Analysis engines deliver industry-leading antimalware and zero-day threat protection from web-based attacks. Our advanced global threat telemetry network continuously updates Cisco CWS to protect against the latest threats.
  • Centralized management and reporting: Increased visibility into web usage and threat information.

Cloud Web Security Essentials¹ – Features

With Cloud Web Security, your users are protected everywhere, all the time, through Cisco’s worldwide threat intelligence footprint.

Feature Description
Web filtering Control web access to more than 50 million known websites by applying filters from a list of over 75 web categories.
Malware scanning Increase the catch rate with an intelligent multiscanning technology that divides web traffic into functional elements and efficiently analyzes it in real time.
Outbreak intelligence Identify unknown and unusual behaviors and zero-hour outbreaks through a heuristics-based antimalware engine. Outbreak intelligence runs webpage components in a virtual emulation environment before permitting user access. Using proprietary “scanlet” engines for Java, PDF, executables, and more, outbreak intelligence opens up the individual components of a webpage to determine how each component behaves and blocks any malware.
Web reputation Restrict website access based on site reputation. Analyze data such as the domain owner, the hosting server, the time created, the type of site requested, and more than 50 other distinct parameters to provide a reputation score for the site requested.
Application visibility and control Increase staff productivity by controlling access to webpages, individual web parts, or microapplications so that employees can access the sites needed for work without unnecessary distractions. Simultaneously prevent access to inappropriate content.
Dynamic content analysis Defend against compliance, liability, and productivity risks by combining traditional URL filtering with real-time dynamic content analysis (DCA). The DCA engine automatically categorizes the content of an unknown URL by analyzing the content of the page itself, scoring relevancy to web categories (such as pornography, hate speech, gambling, and illegal downloads) and blocking the page if it conflicts with web security policies.
Centralized management and reporting Receive actionable insight across threats, data, and applications. A powerful centralized tool controls both security operations (such as management) and network operations (such as analysis of bandwidth consumption). Administrators have access to a variety of predefined reports and can create customized dashboards and set notifications. All reports are generated and stored in the cloud, so they are delivered in seconds as opposed to hours. Reports can be also be saved and scheduled for automated delivery. These capabilities provide flexibility, offering detail down to the user level, and help enable administrators to spotlight potential issues quickly.
Roaming laptop user protection Protect roaming users with the same in-house policies through Cisco AnyConnect. AnyConnect routes all roaming web traffic through an SSL tunnel directly to the closest Cisco cloud proxy and enforces the same security features that are on premises. By eliminating the need to backhaul web traffic through VPN, Cloud Web Security relieves web congestion at the headquarters, reducing bandwidth use while improving the end-user experience.
Talos Security and Research Group With a 24-hour view into global traffic activity, Talos analyzes anomalies, uncovers new threats, and monitors traffic trends. Generating new rules and updates every 3 to 5 minutes, Talos provides threat defense hours and even days ahead of competitors. Receive fast and comprehensive web protection backed by one of the largest threat-detection networks in the world, with the broadest visibility and largest footprint.

1. The Essentials license is Cisco’s base Web Security offering.


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