Dell SonicWALL Content Filtering Service Premium Product Details
The Dell 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. It blocks inappropriate content, reduces organizational liability and increases productivity for organizations of any size. Also, it 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 SonicWALL network security appliance for instantaneous comparison. With CFS, administrators can apply access or denial policies, individual or group identity, or time of day.
Content Filtering Service Premium Edition
Dell SonicWALL Content Filtering Service (CFS) helps organizations such as educational institutions, businesses and government agencies to enforce their protection and productivity policies and block inappropriate, unproductive and even illegal web content. Featuring a dynamic rating and caching architecture, Dell SonicWALL CFS provides granular tools to create and apply web use policies that allow or deny students, employees and other end users access to websites that contain objectionable web content, providing the ideal combination of control and flexibility to ensure the highest levels of protection and productivity. Data can be sent to the Dell SonicWALL Analyzer traffic analytics and reporting package for a deeper level of web usage visibility through graphs, charts and data search functionalities. And as an added benefit, Dell SonicWALL Content Filtering Service is configured and managed directly on the firewall, eliminating the need for a costly, dedicated filtering server.
Protection and compliance for schools and libraries
Educational institutions have a responsibility to protect students from inappropriate and harmful web-based content when they provide internet access in the classroom. And in order to receive eRate funding, schools and libraries are required to install a content filtering solution in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Dell SonicWALL CFS offers the flexibility to set custom policies for students and teachers by time of day, making it ideal for educational settings. Furthermore, the reporting necessary to comply with CIPA mandates can be fulfilled by Dell SonicWALL's Global Management System (GMS) and Analyzer reporting package.
In addition to external regulation compliance, CFS is an integral part of internal compliance programs designed to reduce the liabilities that may incur when inappropriate content is allowed into the network. When web access is unrestricted, not only is the result counter-productive, it can also result in costly lawsuits.
Productivity and security for businesses
For businesses and government agencies, providing employees with uncontrolled web access can result in non-productive web surfing, creating tremendous losses in productivity, not to mention the potential for legal liability. Unrestricted access can also lead to infection by viruses, Trojans, adware and other malware because many of the sites included in blocked categories are common sources of malicious attacks. Dell SonicWALL CFS helps reduce these risks by enabling organizations to restrict access to websites containing unproductive or dangerous content.
An easy to manage solution
Dell SonicWALL CFS combines application-based policy enforcement with comprehensive content filtering for a cost-effective, easy-to-manage solution. URLs, IP addresses and domain ratings are cached locally on the firewall, reducing response time to frequently visited sites to a fraction of a second. Administrators can control bandwidth based upon Content Filtering Service rating, as well as specific IP address, site or even application, when the solution is combined with Dell SonicWALL Application Intelligence and Control.
Flexibility and policy enforcement
Administrators are free to create local or enterprise-wide policies that are specifically designed to meet their own internal requirements as well as legislative mandates. The dynamic rating architecture can be used to block over 56 categories of objectionable or unproductive web content, providing a high level of transparent control, ease of administration and granular policy enforcement. The local URL filtering feature adds flexibility by letting administrators go beyond categories to create custom block and allow lists for specific domains or hosts. Policies can be applied to individuals or defined groups (e.g. students and faculty) and set to block automatically downloadable files or apply filtering by time of day.
Caching and performance
Dell SonicWALL CFS is built on a high-performance web rating and caching architecture that allows administrators to block sites automatically by category for easier administration. The caching feature stores URL ratings locally on the Dell SonicWALL firewall, reducing response times to a fraction of a second. In addition to filtering inappropriate web content, CFS enhances performance by filtering out download sites for MP3s, streaming media, freeware and other files that consume tremendous amounts of bandwidth and are often the source of spyware and other malware.
Visibility and reporting
Deploying Dell SonicWALL Analyzer reporting software with Dell SonicWALL CFS enables organizations to run granular reports summarizing web activity details. The joint solution allows companies to easily create and deliver customized real-time and historical reports in a variety of formats and also gain fast insights through “at-a-glance" reporting capabilities.