Web Content Filtering

 

The Network Box S-Scan engine is a high speed web content filtering system, designed to help organizations block undesirable web content from reaching their users.

 

S-Scan uses high performance signature based technology, rather than a simple URL database, to identify web content more efficiently and effectively. Thus certain categories of new undesirable websites, can be identified almost immediately and in real-time, without the need to update a URL database at all. As a result, S-Scan offers excellent performance, in terms of speed, coverage, and Web Content Filtering accuracy.

 

 

S-Scan Core

When combined with ‘Google Safe Browsing,’ there are sixteen categories of undesirable content, covering websites which might directly harm an organization’s computer systems (websites compromised by malware), as well as websites which include subject matter that may be criminal in nature (hacking sites), cause offence (sexually explicit or hate sites), or otherwise harm users (spyware or fraud).

Adult / Sexually Explicit

Criminal Activity

Gambling

Hacking

Illegal Drugs

Intolerance & Hate

Phishing & Fraud

Spam URLs

Spyware

Suspicious URL

Tasteless & Offensive

Violence

Virus / Malware Infected

Weapons

 

Google Safe Browsing Malware

Google Safe Browsing Phishing

 

Any website found outside of these sixteen categories is shown as ‘uncategorized.’

 

 

S-Scan Extended

S-Scan Extended augments the core categories with additional productivity categories to provide a total of 57 categories. These were designed to offer organizations better control of website accessibility, and help enforce company policies surrounding productivity in the workplace.

Uncategorized

Adult/Sexually Explicit

Advertisements & Popups

Alcohol & Tobacco

Arts

Blogs & Forums

Business

Chat

Computing & Internet

Criminal Activity

Downloads

Education

Entertainment

Fashion & Beauty

Finance & Investment

Food & Dining

Gambling

Games

Government

Hacking

Health & Medicine

Hobbies & Recreation

Hosting Sites

Illegal Drugs

Infrastructure

Intimate Apparel & Swimwear

Intolerance & Hate

Jobs Search & Career Development

Kids Sites

Motor Vehicles

News

Peer-to-Peer

Personal & Dating

Philanthropic & Professional Orgs.

Phishing & Fraud

Photo Searches

Politics

Proxies & Translators

Real Estate

Reference

Religion

Ringtones/Mobile Phone Downloads

Search Engines

Sex Education

Shopping

Society & Culture

Spam URLs

Sports

Spyware

Streaming Media

Suspicious URL

Tasteless & Offensive

Travel

Violence

Virus/Malware Infected

Weapons

Web-based email

 

However, the ultimate settings of each Network Box system, is entirely in the control of the client organization. It is possible to turn all web content filtering off for the entire organization; only filter web content for certain groups of users; or only filter certain subsets of categories for all or certain groups of users. Network Box security operations centre engineers are on-hand to help client organizations setup their content filtering requirements to meet individual organizational policies.

 

LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and Microsoft Active Directory support is included for authentication purposes, allowing users to be identified by login name if required.

 

The Network Box S-Scan engine is not restricted to any one language or geography, and aims to cover websites hosted across the globe, wherever they might be located.

 

For further information, please use the links below:

S-Scan Core white paper:

http://www.network-box.com/sites/default/files/files/WP-S-Scan_Aug2011.pdf

 

S-Scan Extended newsletter:

http://www.network-box.com/sites/default/files/files/ITBR-201209.pdf

 

 

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