Illegal, inappropriate and harmful Web content can enter your network via any user's browser. Unfiltered content can infect your network with malware, drain productivity, as well as put your organization at risk for regulatory non-compliance, funding withdrawal and even criminal liability. For instance, schools and libraries that receive eRate funding are required by law to install a content filtering solution in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
SonicWALL Content Filtering Service (CFS) provides unequaled content filtering enforcement for businesses, educational institutions, libraries and government agencies, as well as distributed public Internet hotspots. Dell SonicWALL CFS blocks inappropriate content, reduces organizational liability and increases productivity for organizations of any size.
SonicWALL CFS utilizes a comprehensive database of millions of URLs, IP addresses and Web sites. Using a high-performance rating and caching architecture, CFS dynamically updates ratings locally on a Dell SonicWALL network security appliance for instantaneous comparison. With CFS, administrators can apply access or denial policies, individual or group identity, or time of day.
Granular content filtering
Granular content filtering allows the administrator to block all pre-defined categories or any combination of categories, and to apply these policies on a granular level. User Level Authentication (ULA) and Single sign-on (SSO) can be used to enforce username and password logon. CFS can block potentially harmful content such as Java, ActiveX, and Cookies, as well as schedule filtering by time of day, such as during school or business hours. CFS also enhances performance by filtering out IM, MP3s, streaming media, freeware and other files that drain bandwidth.
Dynamically updated rating architecture
Dynamically updated rating architecture cross references all Web sites as they are requested against a highly accurate database categorizing millions of URLs, IP addresses and domains. The Dell SonicWALL appliance receives ratings in real time, and then compares that rating to the local policy setting. The appliance will then either allow or deny the request, based on the administrator's locally-configured policy.
Easy-to-use Web-based management
Easy-to-use Web-based management enables flexible policy configuration and complete control over Internet usage. Administrators can enforce multiple custom policies for individual users, groups or specific category types. Local URL filtering controls can allow or deny specific domains or hosts. To more effectively block objectionable material, administrators can also create or customize filtering databases.
High-performance Web caching and rating architecture
High-performance Web caching and rating architecture allows administrators to easily and automatically block sites by category. URL ratings are cached locally on the Dell SonicWALL appliance, so that response time for subsequent access of frequently visited sites is only a fraction of a second.
IP-based HTTPS content filtering
IP-based HTTPS content filtering allows administrators to control user access to Web sites over encrypted HTTPS. HTTPS filtering is based on the categorical rating of inappropriate Web site types, such as gambling, online banking, online brokerage and trading, shopping and hacking/proxy avoidance.
Scalable, cost-effective solution
Scalable, cost-effective solution controls content filtering from the Dell SonicWALL network security appliance, eliminating the need for additional hardware or deployment expenditures from a separate dedicated filtering server.