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Cisco Security Agent by Chad Sullivan

By Chad Sullivan

Hinder safety breaches by way of holding endpoint structures with Cisco defense Agent, the Cisco host Intrusion Prevention procedure * safe your endpoint structures with host IPS * construct and control guidelines for the structures you want to shield * the right way to use teams and hosts within the Cisco defense Agent structure and the way the elements are comparable * set up neighborhood agent elements on quite a few working structures * discover the development database at the administration method to view and filter out info * research Cisco defense Agent reporting mechanisms for tracking method job * observe software Deployment research to document on put in functions, hotfixes, and repair packs * gather specific info on strategies and notice how they use and are utilized by method assets * Create and music regulations to regulate your surroundings with no impacting usability * how you can preserve the Cisco safeguard Agent structure, together with administrative entry roles and backupsCisco safety Agent offers an in depth rationalization of Cisco defense Agent, illustrating using host Intrusion Prevention platforms (IPS) in sleek self-defending community safeguard schemes. on the endpoint, the deployment of a number IPS offers safeguard opposed to either worms and viruses. instead of focusing solely on reconnaissance stages of community assaults a number IPS ways the matter from the opposite course, fighting malicious task at the host through targeting habit. by means of altering the focal point to behaviour, harmful job may be detected and blocked-regardless of the attack.Cisco defense Agent is an cutting edge product in that it secures the part of company networks which are within the maximum want of protection-the finish platforms. It additionally has the facility to avoid a day-zero assault, that is a trojan horse that spreads from approach to approach, benefiting from vulnerabilities in networks the place both the newest patches haven't been put in or for which patches should not but on hand. Cisco safeguard Agent makes use of a special structure that correlates habit happening at the finish platforms through tracking clues similar to dossier and reminiscence entry, method habit, COM item entry, and entry to shared libraries in addition to different vital signs.

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Deleting a host frees up a license on the CSA MC for another machine to register; this proves useful when you decommission old hardware and re-issue new hardware. Figure 3-14. Viewing the Host List [View full size image] Part II: Understanding the CSA Building Blocks 49 50 Part II: Understanding the CSA Building Blocks When a host is a member of a particular group, it inherits the behavior of that group, which could relate to items such as the following: • Configuration polling intervals • Security policy rules • Test Mode operation The next sections describe polling intervals and Test Mode operation in more detail.

There are sections to this easy-to-read explanation, so you can navigate directly to the portion you want to view without having to search aimlessly. Figure 3-11. Explain Rules Page [View full size image] To add even further detail to this page while maintaining the ability to understand the policy in place, the sections are each broken down by state so that you can understand what rules will be in effect based on information such as who is logged in and whether the CSA MC is reachable. Without going into great detail regarding the Desktop-All Types group, Explain Rules shows you that various types of rules are contained in the attached policy affecting the following: • How the local agent can be used • How the machine interacts with the network as both a client and server • How the local file system is used by various applications • What should be audited, such as logon and logoff of the machine Other Predefined Groups Several other predefined groups are included with the CSA MC installation and are listed on the Groups page.

Figure 3-1 shows the predefined groups on the CSA MC server. " Figure 3-1. Predefined Groups [View full size image] Part II: Understanding the CSA Building Blocks 37 38 Part II: Understanding the CSA Building Blocks One last point to make about the group list shown in Figure 3-1 is that when a group has hosts as members, there will be an entry to the right of the Group Description field. In this example, the VMS CiscoWorks Systems group at the bottom of the screen lists "1 host," which is a clickable link to the list of hosts participating in this particular group.

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