Cisco Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance Part 1 & 2 (SESA)

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About this Course

Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance (SESA) combines Parts 1 and 2 (SESA1, SESA2) into a single three-day course. Students learn to use Cisco Email Security Appliances (ESA\\\'s) to manage and troubleshoot email in their networks. Attendees receive in-depth instruction on popular features, emphasizing topics listed below, learn advanced Internet email concepts and receive an overview of how to customize configurations. SESA also teaches advanced configuration and operation of the Cisco ESA (Formerly Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliance). Extensive lab exercises provide critical hands-on experience with advanced features of the ESA.

Audience Profile

  • Channel Partner / Reseller
  • Customer
  • Employee

At Course Completion

This course prepares students for successful configuration and operation of an Email Security Appliance. Exploring specific features, mail administrators will receive training with emphasis on:

  • Administering with best practices for configuration and operation.
  • Managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting email flowing through an ESA.
  • Configuring access control policies, eliminating threats at the perimeter, based on the identity and trustworthiness of the sender.
  • Creating and apply Data Loss Prevention (DLP) polices to outgoing email.
  • Configuring Email Security Appliances to detect and handle unwanted spam and viruses.
  • Using Message Tracking and Reporting to document email traffic trends.
  • Managing spam quarantines.
  • Using Cisco reputation-based services, SensorBase and Virus Outbreak Filters, to increase the security of an email network.
  • Integrating an ESA with a directory server via LDAP
  • Debugging LDAP integration issues
  • Using message filters to redirect and modify messages
  • Performing safe deployment and debugging of message filters
  • Configuring TLS and Guaranteed Secure Delivery
  • Configuring Email Authentication with DKIM and SPF


It is assumed that attendees possess the following background knowledge and skills:

  • A moderate knowledge of TCP / IP fundamentals, including IP addressing and sub-netting, static IP routing and DNS.
  • Experience with Internet-based messaging, including SMTP, Internet message formats, and MIME message format.
  • Familiarity with command line interface (CLI) and graphical user interface (GUI).
  • Previous experience with email security would be helpful.

Course Outline

Day One Agenda

  • Module 1 Introduction & System Overview
  • Module 2 Tracking and Reporting Messages
  • Module 3 Controlling Sender & Recipient Domains
  • Module 4 Controlling Spam with SensorBase & Anti-Spam
  • Module 5 Using Anti-Virus & Virus Outbreak Filters

Day Two Agenda

  • Module 6 Using Mail Policies to Direct Business Email
  • Module 7 Using System Quarantines and Delivery Methods
  • Module 8 Using Content Filters for Specific Business Needs
  • Module 9 Preventing Data Loss
  • Module 10 Encrypting Outbound Email
  • Module 11 Troubleshooting
  • Module 12 System Administration
  • Day Three Agenda
  • Module 13: Configuring LDAP Queries
  • Module 14: Configuring Message Filters
  • Module 15: Configuring TLS
  • Module 16: Authenticating Email
  • Appendix: Routing and Masquerading