China Is Cracking Down On VPN Services For Censorship

blocked-in-china-censorship-320x240China takes censorship seriously and has been enforcing programs to control various forms of online content. The most widely known example of this is China’s program to block websites they deem inappropriate known as the Great Firewall or “The Golden Sheild Project” (learn more HERE). Some examples of popular western websites blocked are Facebook, Google, Twitter and Youtube.

You can test if a website is blocked in China by going to . The next screenshot shows Facebook is blocked however my website is permitted (as of now … who knows after this post). Continue reading

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Cisco ASA CX Lab Part 2: GUI Overview and Building Basic Policies

I recently posted about how to setup a Cisco ASA CX lab HERE. I ended the last post once I had access to the ASA CX GUI via local PRSM. This post will focus on configuring CX once its operational, review the local management GUI and creating some basic policies.

The ASA and CX module act as two separate systems exchanging traffic through policy maps. Unlike proxy-based solutions, all ports can be included in a security policy aka an Application Layer / Next Generation Firewall function. This post will touch upon enforcing Internet use policies such as denying gambling websites, viewing application layer traffic, blocking applications such as YouTube and monitoring for security threats leveraging Cisco’s global correlation engine via Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO). Continue reading

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How to configure a Cisco virtual Web Security Appliance vWSA home lab

The Internet is not a safe place. Best practice is protecting users with a Web Security solution. The ideal solution should be able to identify the attackers meaning verifying the source of the threat along with various methods to look for attacks. Cisco accomplishes this through a combination of global correlation (IE verifying if the source is malicious based on things like location, time the source has ben active, reputation, content, etc.), malware scanning and traffic monitoring.

The flagship web security solution from cisco is the Web Security Appliance (WSA) coming from the 2007 Ironport acquisition. Other web security options are a cloud offering and next generation firewall addition to the ASA firewall known as CX. More on Cisco’s Web Security options can be found HERE. Continue reading

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Cisco’s Cyber Solutions – What Is Happening In Your Network

WatchingToday’s threat landscape is loaded with malicious websites, malware and other risks that attack users every nanosecond of the day.  There isn’t a single product available that can guarantee protection from cyber threats. Older solutions leveraging static technologies such as signatures are not good enough. The best approach for dealing with advanced threats is continuously monitoring the entire network through layering security technologies. Continue reading

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Securing Teleworkers: Building A Remote Access Solution For Teleworking

Securing Teleworkers
Securing Teleworkers is at the top of the to do list for many organizations. President Obama signed a bill aimed to significantly boost teleworking by federal employees. There are lots of business benefits from teleworking however permitting remote access to internal resources increases risk. Here are some tips to consider when securing your teleworkers. Continue reading

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