Course details

HIPS is a lab-intensive Instructor-Led course which develops the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure and administer the Cisco Security Agent product to protect server and workstation hosts. It takes a task-oriented approach, using lecture and hands-on labs to teach the skills. The Cisco Security Agent functions to protect from intrusions, as compared to simply detecting attempted intrusions.

Target Audience

  • Engineers who support sales of Cisco security product solutions.
  • Cisco Channel Partners, who sell, implement and maintain secure networks.
  • Cisco Customers who implement and maintain secure networks.


  • Describe the need for network security; understand attack types, methods and Cisco security wheel.
  • CSA overview – functionality, components and architecture.
  • CSAMC install – overview, system requirements for management console.
  • CSAMC quick start configuration –configure a group, build an agent kit, view registered hosts, configure a policy, attach a policy to a group and generate rule programs
  • CSAMC administration—accessing and using the management console.
  • Configure groups and manage hosts.Build agent kits and distributing software updates.
  • Develop a security policy.
  • Configure policies and rules for Windows and UNIX.
  • Use system correlation and heuristics.
  • Understand and configure application classes.
  • Configure variables—file sets, network address sets, network services, registry sets, COM component sets.
  • Use CSA Profiler for data analysis and as policy creation tool.
  • Configure and manage event logging, alerts and reports.Understand and use CSAMC utilities—start / stop service for servers and agent, webmgr utility, backup configurations, COM extract utility and export / import configurations.

Course Outline

Security Fundamentals

  • Need for Network Security
  • Network Security Policy
  • Network Attack Taxonomy

Cisco Security Agent Overview

  • Defense in Depth
  • Cisco Security Agent Architecture
  • Anatomy of an Attack and Response
  • Key Features of Cisco Security Agent

Cisco Security Agent Quick Start Installation

  • CSAMC System Requirements
  • CSA System Requirements
  • Installing the CSAMC
  • Configuring the CSAMC
  • Installing the CSA

Cisco Security Agent Management Center Administration

  • Using Cisco Securinty Agent Management Center

Using Event Logs and Generating Reports

  • The Event Log and Event Monitor
  • Configuring Event Sets
  • Configuring Alerts
  • Generating Reports

Configuring Groups and Managing Hosts

  • Configuring Groups
  • Building and Agent Kit
  • Managing Hosts
  • Deploying Scheduled Software Updates

Building Policies

  • Developing a Security Policy
  • Rule Basics
  • Policy Components
  • Configuring and Managing Policies
  • Rules common to Windows and Unix
  • Windows-Only Rules
  • Unix-only Rules

Defining Application Classes

  • About Application Classes
  • Configuring Static Application Classes
  • Dynamic Application Classes

Working with Variables

  • Data Sets
  • File Sets
  • Network Address & Services Sets
  • Registry Sets
  • COM Component Sets

Using Cisco Security Agent Profiler

  • Basics of Profiler
  • Configuring an Analysis Job
  • Starting Analysis
  • The profiler Policy
  • Profiler Reports

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