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CSA guru


Does anyone on this forum have a good understanding of the CSA product, specifically policy tuning?


Re: CSA guru

Prioritize the security features you want to implement with CSA policies. You can also prioritize applications and groups. By having clear priorities and working through a single policy improvement at a time, you can manage the complexity of deploying large policy sets in large networks. For example, based on priorities, you can keep a specific rule module in test mode while the rest of the rule modules in the policy are in live mode. For more information refer the following link

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Re: CSA guru

Take a look at the book:

Advanced Host Intrusion Prevention with CSA

ISBN 1-58705-252-0

Cisco Press

It covers CSA deployments and the descision processes to use in tuning.

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Re: CSA guru

Here's how I've been doing it:

- Start with a brand new policy<->module. I assign a test group to this policy.

- Create all my rules from scratch. Every day, I add one ore two more rules. I do this so I know EXACTLY what my rule is doing, and I have an objective I want to fulfill. I also make the rule as granular/specific as possible.

- Every day I open the module and look at how many events were generated per rule in the last 24 hours. If they're higher than I want, I review the events, then adjust the rule. Sometimes I further break down the rule into even more granular rules.

- When I am satisfied with my rule module, I'm going to sort out the rules into multiple modules attached the same policy. Then I will attach my active groups to the policy.

Keep in mind I'm covering a lot of hosts and not focusing on any one service, so in the end all of my groups/hosts will use this new policy/modules. Then I will add exceptions to each group when needed.

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