Administrator Experience

Feature Validation offers a pre-configured environment whereby you can quickly and easily evaluate the Zscaler Internet Access platform, and while policies aren't modifiable in this evaluation environment, you can navigate and become familar with the Zscaler administrator portal and review what a common customer configuration can look like.

The administrator portal and login information can be found in the email sent to you by your Zscaler Sales Engineer.

1   Portal Navigation

The Zscaler administrator portal  provides a single pane of glass from which to manage policies and view security and access control related events.

The Dashboard provides quick, high-level summaries of all users traffic, wherever they may be, while the Analytics system provide the flexibility to zoom from high-level to super-detailed perspectives on every single transaction generated by users.

The Administration tab is where you find more of the 'nuts-and-bolts' elements, many of which are related to the deployment process,. The Policy tab is where decisions can be made that determine exactly what the Zscaler Cloud will do with the traffic sent through the Cloud from a variety of perspectives.

2   Dashboards & Analytics

Interactivity is an important element of administrator usability with the Zscaler portal, giving administrators the ability to navigate user transactions and quickly answer questions. Left-clicking any chart will provide the ability to drilldown in a step-by-step fashion using summary reports or at any point jumping straight to the transactional logs.

Dashboards provide real-time visibility into your organization’s internet traffic. Multiple dashboards provide different views, so you can track internet usage and quickly take action when you see anomalous trends or security threats. Each dashboard contains widgets that present data in interactive charts, so you can instantly jump from a chart to individual transactions.

For a more customized reporting experience, Analytics provides multiple reporting options which can be tailored to the analytical needs of your organization. Web Insights is the core engine that sits behind every aspect of the analytics system, and with this you can build reports from scratch in a variety of output formats with specific filters (user, location, Cloud App, etc.) and timeframes applied. However, many analytical tasks are very similar, and Interactive Reports combines the power of the Web Insights functionality with the ability to not only save reports for future use but still have ability to quickly filter a report to show only data relevant to the task at hand.

3  Policy

Using Zscaler, you can decide what sorts of content you are (or aren't) comfortable with your users accessing, and what Cloud App functionality they should or should not have access to. 

Through URL Filtering, you can manage access to web content based on a site's categorization. The URL filtering policy consists of rules that you define.  For example, when you add a rule, you specify criteria, such as URL categories, users, groups, departments, locations, and time intervals.

With Cloud App Control, you can easily create granular controls specific to popular websites and applications, which also apply to specific users, groups, departments, locations, and time intervals. In addition, Cloud App Control rules can restrict whether access, if granted, is either read/write or read-only. For example, you could allow a specific user to access Dropbox to download files, yet restricted from uploading files.

4  Administration

Administration is typically where deployment begins, with a primary focus on traffic forwarding and authentication.

The Zscaler Internet Access platform can easily integrate and work alongside many other platforms. For user authentication, it's possible to integrate Zscaler Internet Access with Active Directory and/or Single Sign-On solutions such as Okta, Azure AD, Centrify, Ping, Duo, and OneLogin. And if there is a need to export your Zscaler logs, the service can stream log information to an enterprise SIEM solution using our Nanolog Streaming Service.