A Tale of Three Anti-Viruses

The Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) has a lot of options for scanning “content” (whatever that means, I think it’s a fancy way of saying Web pages) to make sure it doesn’t contain any malware. No viruses, no pop-up ad machines, things like that. And on the surface, that’s all well and good. Defense in depth, because you should also have some sort of anti-malware on your workstation too (as soon as you take your machine home with you for the evening, you’re probably no longer protected by the proxy).

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A Tale of Three Anti-Viruses

Location Awareness in Proxy PAC Files

Over the last few weeks, as mentioned before, my colleagues and I have been working to implement a proxy server solution. One of the more aggressive bugbears we’ve fought is the size and complexity of our network — we have dozens of different network segments, some of which have pre-existing proxies, many of which are out of my team’s control. Finding a solution that worked well, everywhere, was tricky. But we’ve made progress.

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Location Awareness in Proxy PAC Files

Uncle Dave’s Proxy Toolkit

At work, I’ve spent much of the last several weeks working on deploying a proxy service. A proxy is a service that can retrieve and cache Web pages on behalf of a large number of users.

In theory, you can use it to save bandwidth and protect your users by stopping viruses and such before they reach the users’ desktops. In practice, it’s mostly used to make sure your employees aren’t screwing around on Facebook at work.

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Uncle Dave’s Proxy Toolkit