Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance (SESA) v3.1

CCNP Security Certifications

Deploy high-availability email protection against the dynamic and rapidly changing threats affecting your organization with the 4-day Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance course(CESA). Our seasoned instructors take you through a comprehensive training experience while helping you secure Cisco's specialist and professional credentials.


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Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance Course Overview

Vinsys' Cisco SESA v3.1 training covers deploying/using Cisco Email Security Appliance for protecting email systems against phishing, business email compromise or ransomware, and streamlining your email security policy management.

It brings knowledge/skills for implementing, troubleshooting, and administering Cisco Email Security Appliance, including key capabilities from advanced malware protection, spam blocking, anti-virus protection, outbreak filtering, encryption, to quarantines and data loss prevention.

The Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance course prepares you for the 300-720 exam, required for Cisco Certified Specialist-Email Content Security and CCNP Security certifications, and also lets you earn 24 Continuing Education (CE) credits towards the recertification

Course Curriculum


  • Individuals willing to acquire leading-edge career skills focused on enterprise security. 
  • Security Engineers, Security Administrators, Security Architects, Operations Engineers, Network Engineers, Network Administrators, Network/Security Technicians, Network Managers, System Designers, and Cisco Integrators/Partners
  • Those willing to complete Cisco Certified Specialist-Email Content Security and CCNP Security credentials.


  • Knowledge of TCP/IP services, covering Domain Name System (DNS), Secure Shell (SSH), FTP, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), HTTP, and HTTPS.
  • Experience with IP routing.
  • At least one of the following basic technical competencies:
  • Microsoft Specialist, Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), CompTIA A+, Network+ and Server+. 
  • Cisco Networking Academy letter of completion (CCNA 1/CCNA 2).
  • Cisco CCENT certification or higher. 
  • Relevant industry credentials like (ISC)2, CompTIA Security+, EC-Council, GIAC, and ISACA.


  • Learning to describe/administer the Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA).
  • Controlling sender/recipient domains.
  • Controlling spam with Talos SenderBase and anti-spam.
  • Using anti-virus, outbreak filters, mail policies, content filters, and message filters for enforcing email policies.
  • Preventing data loss.
  • Performing LDAP queries.
  • Authenticating Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) sessions and email.
  • Encrypting email.
  • Using system quarantines and delivery methods.
  • Performing centralized management using clusters.
  • Testing and troubleshooting.

About the Certification - 300-720 SESA : Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance

Cisco Certified Specialist-Email Content Security, a specialist credential, approves your knowledge of Cisco Email Security Appliance, from administration, spam control and antispam, message filters, data loss prevention, LDAP, email authentication/encryption, to system quarantines and delivery methods. The following exam is necessary: 

  • 300-720 SESA.

CCNP Security, a professional accreditation, certifies your or your teams' skills with security solutions. The following concentration and core exams must be cleared:

  • 300-720 SESA.
  • 350-701 SCOR.

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Course Outline

  • Cisco Email Security Appliance Overview.
  • Technology Use Case.
  • Cisco Email Security Appliance Data Sheet.
  • SMTP Overview.
  • Email Pipeline Overview.
  • Installation Scenarios.
  • Initial Cisco Email Security Appliance Configuration.
  • Centralizing Services on a Cisco Content Security Management Appliance.
  • Releasing Notes for AsyncOS 11.x
  • Public/Private Listeners.
  • Configuring the Gateway to Receive Email.
  • Host Access Table Overview.
  • Recipient Access Table Overview.
  • Configuring Routing/Delivery Features.
  • SenderBase Overview.
  • Anti-Spam.
  • Managing Graymail.
  • Protecting Against Malicious/Undesirable URLs.
  • File Reputation Filtering/File Analysis.
  • Bounce Verification.
  • Anti-Virus Scanning Overview.
  • Sophos/McAfee Anti-Virus Filtering.
  • Configuring the Appliance to Scan for Viruses.
  • Outbreak Filters.
  • How the Outbreak Filters Feature Works.
  • Managing Outbreak Filters.

Email Security Manager Overview.
Mail Policies Overview.
Handling Incoming/Outgoing Messages Differently.
Matching Users to a Mail Policy.
Message Splintering.
Configuring Mail Policies.

  • Content Filters Overview.
  • Content Filter Conditions/Actions.
  • Filtering Messages Based on Content.
  • Text Resources Overview.
  • Using/Testing the Content Dictionaries Filter Rules.
  • Understanding Text Resources.
  • Text Resource Management.
  • Using Text Resources.
  • Message Filters Overview.
  • Components of a Message Filter.
  • Message Filter Processing/Rules/Actions.
  • Attachment Scanning.
  • Examples of Attachment Scanning Message Filters.
  • Using the CLI to Manage Message Filters.
  • Message Filter Examples.
  • Configuring Scan Behavior.
  • Overview of the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Scanning Process.
  • Setting Up Data Loss Prevention.
  • Policies for Data Loss Prevention.
  • Message Actions.
  • Updating the DLP Engine/Content Matching Classifiers.
  • Overview of LDAP.
  • Working with LDAP.
  • Using LDAP Queries.
  • Authenticating End-Users of the Spam Quarantine.
  • Configuring External LDAP Authentication for Users.
  • Testing Servers/Queries.
  • Using LDAP for Directory Harvest Attack Prevention.
  • Spam Quarantine Alias Consolidation Queries.
  • Validating Recipients Using an SMTP Server.
  • Configuring AsyncOS for SMTP Authentication.
  • Authenticating SMTP Sessions Using Client Certificates.
  • Checking the Validity of a Client Certificate.
  • Authenticating User Using LDAP Directory.
  • Authenticating SMTP Connection Over Transport Layer Security (TLS).
  • Using a Client Certificate.
  • Establishing a TLS Connection from the Appliance.
  • Updating a List of Revoked Certificates.
  • Email Authentication Overview.
  • Configuring DomainKeys/DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) Signing.
  • Verifying Incoming Messages Using DKIM.
  • Overview of Sender Policy Framework (SPF)/SIDF Verification.
  • Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance.
  • DMARC Verification.
  • Forged Email Detection.
  • Overview of Cisco Email Encryption.
  • Encrypting Messages.
  • Determining Which Messages to Encrypt.
  • Inserting Encryption Headers into Messages.
  • Encrypting Communication with Other Message Transfer Agents (MTAs).
  • Working with Certificates.
  • Managing Lists of Certificate Authorities.
  • Enabling TLS on a Listener’s Host Access Table (HAT).
  • Enabling TLS/Certificate Verification on Delivery.
  • Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Security Services.
  • Describing Quarantines.
  • Spamming Quarantine.
  • Setting Up the Centralized Spam Quarantine.
  • Using Safelists/Blocklists to Control Email Delivery Based on Sender.
  • Configuring Spam Management Features for End Users.
  • Managing Messages in the Spam Quarantine.
  • Policy, Virus, and Outbreak Quarantines.
  • Managing Policy, Virus, and Outbreak Quarantines.
  • Working with Messages in Policy, Virus, or Outbreak Quarantines.
  • Delivery Methods.
  • Overview of Centralized Management Using Clusters.
  • Cluster Organization.
  • Creating/Joining a Cluster.
  • Managing Clusters.
  • Cluster Communication.
  • Loading a Configuration in Clustered Appliances.
  • Best Practices.
  • Debugging Mail Flow Using Test Messages: Trace.
  • Using the Listener to Test the Appliance.
  • Troubleshooting the Network/Listener/Email Delivery/Performance.
  • Web Interface Appearance and Rendering Issues.
  • Responding to Alerts.
  • Troubleshooting Hardware Issues.
  • Working with Technical Support.
  • Modeling Specifications for Large Enterprises.
  • Modeling Specifications for Midsize Enterprises/Small-to-Midsize Enterprises or Branch Offices.
  • Cisco Email Security Appliance Model Specifications for Virtual Appliances.
  • Packages/Licenses.
  • Verifying/Testing Cisco ESA Configuration.
  • Performing Basic Administration.
  • Advanced Malware in Attachments (Macro Detection).
  • Protecting Against Malicious/Undesirable URLs Beneath Shortened URLs.
  • Protecting Against Malicious/Undesirable URLs Inside Attachments.
  • Intelligently Handling Unscannable Messages.
  • Leveraging AMP Cloud Intelligence via Pre-Classification Enhancement.
  • Integrating Cisco ESA with AMP Console.
  • Preventing Threats with Anti-Virus Protection.
  • Applying Content/Outbreak Filters.
  • Configuring Attachment Scanning and Outbound Data Loss Prevention.
  • Integrating Cisco ESA with LDAP and Enabling the LDAP Accept Query.
  • Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM).
  • Sender Policy Framework (SPF).
  • Forged Email Detection.
  • Configuring the Cisco SMA for Tracking/Reporting.

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Yes, these are two entirely different training. SISE v3.0 focuses on the Cisco Identity Services Engine, while the SESA v3.1 offering from Cisco addresses its Email Security Appliance.

Please note, 300-720 is merely a concentration exam. Such exams allow you to customize your credentials as per your chosen technical areas of focus. To achieve the CCNP Security accreditation, you must also clear the 350-701 SCOR core exam. 

Content and Message Filters & Email Authentication and Encryption (20% each).