Retired courses - Certified Specialist – Email Content Security | 300-720 SESA



Just 4 Days



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30/9/2024 (Monday)


On this accelerated Cisco Certified Specialist - Email Content Security course, you'll learn how to deploy, implement, troubleshoot and administer the Cisco Email Security Appliance to protect your business' email systems.

In just 4 days, you'll build knowledge on key Cisco Email Security Appliance features like advanced malware protection, spam blocking and anti-virus protection. You'll also learn how to:

  • Use mail policies, content filters and message filters to enforce email policies
  • Authenticate Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) sessions
  • Perform centralised management using clusters

At the end of your course, you'll sit exam 300-720 SESA and achieve the Cisco Certified Specialist - Email Content Security certification.

You’ll get access to official courseware and learn from certified Cisco instructors, as Firebrand is a Cisco Learning Partner. Train through Firebrand's Lecture | Lab | Review methodology and you'll pass your exam at twice the speed in a distraction-free environment.


This course is ideal if you're any of the following job roles:

  • Security engineers
  • Security administrators
  • Security architects
  • Operations engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Network administrators
  • Network or security technicians
  • Network managers
  • System designers
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Next step: CCNP Enterprise

Once you have passed exam 300-720 SESA, you'll be halfway towards achieving the CCNP Enterprise certification. Next, achieve the Cisco Certified Specialist- Security Core certification and get your CCNP Enterprise.

Four reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 4-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 134.561 students saving more than one million hours since 2001


  • Module 1: Describing the Cisco Email Security Appliance
  • Module 2: Administering the Cisco Email Security Appliance
  • Module 3: Controlling sender and recipient domains
  • Module 4: Controlling spam with Talos SenderBase and anti-spam
  • Module 5: Using anti-virus and outbreak filters
  • Module 6: Using mail policies
  • Module 7: Using content filters
  • Module 8: Using message filters to enforce email policies
  • Module 9: Preventing data loss
  • Module 10: Using LDAP
  • Module 11: SMTP session authentication
  • Module 12: Email authentication
  • Module 13: Email encryption
  • Module 14: Using system quarantines and delivery methods
  • Module 15: Centralised management using clusters
  • Module 16: Testing and troubleshooting
  • Module 17: References

Lab outline

  • Module 1: Verify and test Cisco ESA configuration
  • Module 2: Perform basic administration
  • Module 3: Advanced malware in attachments (macro detection)
  • Module 4: Protect against malicious or undesirable URLs beneath shortened URLs
  • Module 5: Protect against malicious or undesirable URLs inside attachments
  • Module 6: Intelligently handle unscannable messages
  • Module 7: Leverage AMP cloud Intelligence via pre-classification enhancement
  • Module 8: Integrate Cisco ESA with AMP console
  • Module 9: Prevent threats with anti-virus protection
  • Module 10: Applying content and outbreak filters
  • Module 11: Configure attachment scanning
  • Module 12: Configure outbound data loss prevention
  • Module 13: Integrate Cisco ESA with LDAP and enable the LDAP accept query
  • Module 14: Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM)
  • Module 15: Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
  • Module 16: Forged email detection
  • Module 17: Configure the Cisco SMA for tracking and reporting

Exam Track

As part of your accelerated course, you’ll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance
    • Exam code: 300-720 SESA
    • Duration: 90 minutes
    • Languages: English and Japanese
    • Domains:
      1. Cisco email security appliance administration
      2. Spam control with Talos SenderBase and antispam
      3. Content and message filters
      4. LDAP and SMTP sessions
      5. Email authentication and encryption
      6. System quarantines and delivery methods

These domains are general guidelines for the content likely to be included in the exam. As Cisco continues to develop this certification, other related topics may also appear.

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


Before attending this accelerated course, you should have:

  • Knowledge and skills in TCP/IP services, including Domain Name System (DNS), Secure Shell (SSH), FTP, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), HTTP and HTTPS
  • Experience with IP routing

Cisco also recommend you have one or more of the following competencies:

Are you ready to get certified in record time?

We interview all applicants for the course on their technical background, degrees and certifications held, and general suitability. If you get through this screening process, it means you stand a great chance of passing.

Firebrand Training is an immersive training environment. You must be committed to the course. The above prerequisites are guidelines, but many students with less experience have other background or traits that have enabled their success in accelerated training through Firebrand Training.

If you have any doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites please call 21 96 61 82 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants, who can help you with a training plan.


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