A geolocation object defines countries and continents that host the device that is the source or destination of traffic. You can use these objects in policies to control traffic instead of using IP addresses. For example, using geographical location, you could easily restrict access to a particular country without needing to know all of the potential IP addresses used there.
You can typically select geographical locations directly in a policy without using geolocation objects. However, an object is convenient if you want to create several policies for the same group of countries and continents.
Update Geolocation Database
To ensure that you are using up-to-date geographical location data to filter your traffic, Cisco strongly recommends that you regularly update the geolocation database (GeoDB). At this time, this is not a task that you can perform using Cisco Defense Orchestrator. See the following sections of the Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Configuration Guide for Firepower Device Manager for the version your device is running to learn more about the GeoDB and how to update it.
- Updating System Databases and Feeds
- Updating System Databases