Best of 2006: Web content filtering

Share this article:

Web content management products come in two flavors: filtering and blocking. While the distinction may seem trivial it is important. Content blockers must use a black list of disallowed sites. This requires constant updating and the entire URL is blocked for sites on the black lists. Content filtering, on the other hand, filters based upon objectionable content only. That means that a site may be accessible, but objectionable content on it would be filtered.

We also found that, from the implementation perspective, the only consistency was inconsistency. Some products required external SQL Server databases and some could operate with MSDE. We found products that required the installer implement particular features in a particular order, in at least one case on the server itself, leading us to wonder what would happen if the organization deploying the filter had a long-standing installation of the server that had been set up in the wrong sequence for the content filter. Clearly that organization would need to shut down the server and reinstall it before the filtering product could be deployed.

BEST BUY
Product:
Websense Security Suite — Lockdown Edition
Vendor: Websense
Verdict: Excellent filtering features. Expensive, but worth the money.
Website: www.websense.com

Product: WebWasher CSM
Vendor: Secure Computing
Verdict: Stronger contender that covers all the bases, a top performer.
Website: www.securecomputing.com  

RECOMMENDED
Product:
SurfControl Web Filter
Vendor: SurfControl
Verdict: Established product with a strong and well-deserved reputation.
Website: www.surfcontrol.com  

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.
close

Next Article in News

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House cyber guru says

Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House ...

The White House has advanced an agenda to promote and facilitate information sharing on security threats and vulnerabilities.

Worm variant of Android ransomware, Koler, spreads via SMS

Worm variant of Android ransomware, Koler, spreads via ...

Upon infection, the Koler variant will send an SMS message to all contacts in the device's address book.

Patch for Windows flaw can be bypassed, prompts temporary fix from Microsoft

Patch for Windows flaw can be bypassed, prompts ...

The Windows zero-day received a patch last week, but the fix can still be bypassed by crafty attackers.