Dell SonicWALL Content Filtering Services Premium (CFS Premium) enforces protection and productivity policies for businesses, schools, and libraries to reduce legal and privacy risks while minimizing administration overhead. CFS Premium provides network administrators with greater control by automatically and transparently enforcing acceptable use policies.
SonicWALL CFS Premium gives administrators the flexibility to enforce content filtering on zones as well as custom content filtering policies for groups of users on the network. For example, a school can create one policy for teachers and another for students.
SonicWALL CFS Premium utilizes a dynamic database of millions of URLs, IP addresses, and domains to block 56 categories of objectionable, inappropriate or unproductive Web content. At the core of CFS Premium is an innovative rating architecture that cross references all Web sites against the database at worldwide Dell SonicWALL co-location facilities. A rating is returned to the Dell SonicWALL security appliance and then compared to the content filtering policy established by the administrator. Almost instantaneously, the Web site request is either allowed through or a Web page is generated by the Dell SonicWALL security appliance informing the user that the site has been blocked according to policy.
With Dell SonicWALL CFS Premium, network administrators have a flexible tool to provide comprehensive filtering based on keywords, time of day, trusted and forbidden domain designations, and file types such as Cookies, Java and ActiveX. CFS Premium automatically updates the filters, making maintenance substantially simpler and less time consuming.
SonicWALL CFS Premium can also be customized to add or remove specific URLs from the blocked list and to block specific keywords. When a user attempts to access a site that is blocked by the Dell SonicWALL security appliance, a customized message is displayed on the user's screen. Dell SonicWALL security appliances can also be configured to log attempts to access sites on the Dell SonicWALL Content Filtering Service database, on a custom URL list, and on a keyword list to monitor Internet usage before putting new usage restrictions in place.
Granular content filtering
Granular content filtering allows the administrator to block or apply bandwidth management to all pre-defined categories or any combination of categories. Administrators can apply User Level Authentication (ULA) and Single Sign-On (SSO) 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 requested Web sites against a highly accurate database categorizing millions of URLs, IP addresses and domains. The Dell SonicWALL firewall 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.
Application traffic analytics
Application traffic analytics suite includes Dell SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS), Dell SonicWALL Analyzer and Dell SonicWALL Scrutinizer, which provides real-time and historic analysis of data transmitted through the firewall, including Web sites blocked and visited by user.
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 block objectionable material more effectively, 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 block sites easily and automatically by category. URL ratings are cached locally on the Dell SonicWALL firewall, 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 firewall, eliminating the need for additional hardware or deployment expenditures on a separate dedicated filtering server.