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Comprehensive Web Content Security
Enforce protection and productivity policies and block inappropriate, unproductive and even illegal web content with Dell™ SonicWALL™ Content Filtering Service (CFS) and Dell™ SonicWALL™ Content Filtering Client (CFC). Use the dynamic rating and caching architecture of CFS and its granular tools to create and apply web use policies that allow or deny end users access to websites that contain objectionable web content. Extend the
enforcement of those internal policies to laptops located outside your firewall and block unwanted internet content with the CFC. For a deeper level of web usage visibility, send data from the content filtering services to the Dell SonicWALL Analyzer traffic analytics and reporting package, and leverage its graphs, charts and data search functionalities. Because you can configure and manage the content filtering services directly on your firewall, you’ll strengthen your security and save money by eliminating the need for a costly, dedicated filtering server.
Protection and compliance for schools and libraries.
Protect students from inappropriate and harmful web-based content with Dell SonicWALL CFS, and ensure that your organization is eligible for eRate funding by using CFS to ensure compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Set custom policies for students and teachers by time of day, and provide the reporting necessary to comply with CIPA mandates with Dell SonicWALL's Global Management System (GMS) and Analyzer reporting package.
In addition to external regulation compliance, CFS helps you reduce the liabilities that may incur when inappropriate content is allowed into the network.
Productivity and security for businesses.
Reduce the risk of infection by viruses, Trojans, adware and other malware by using CFS to restrict access to websites containing unproductive or dangerous content.
Protection and productivity beyond the perimeter
Control the web sites your employees or students can access with their IT-issued computer behind your firewall with Dell SonicWALL CFS. The Content Filtering Client enables you to extend that same control to any location – no matter how the device connects to the internet. For Windows and Mac OS laptops used outside the firewall perimeter, the Content Filtering Client addresses safety, security and productivity concerns by allowing your company to block harmful and unproductive web content. The client is automatically deployed and provisioned through a Dell SonicWALL firewall. In addition to controlling web-based access for roaming devices, the Content Filtering Client can be configured to automatically switch enforcement to the internal policy once the device reconnects to the network firewall.
An easy-to-manage solution.
URLs, IP addresses and domain ratings are cached locally on the firewall to reduce response time to frequently visited sites to a fraction of a second. Enable your administrators to control bandwidth based upon CFS rating, as well as specific IP address, site or even application when CFS is combined with Dell SonicWALL application intelligence and control.
Flexibility and policy enforcement.
Enable administrators to create local or enterprise-wide policies that are specifically designed to meet their own internal requirements as well as legislative mandates. Use CFS’s dynamic rating architecture 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. Add flexibility by letting administrators go beyond categories to create custom block and allow lists for specific domains or hosts. Apply policies 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.
Enable administrators to block sites automatically and by category with CFS’s high-performance web rating and caching architecture. Because the caching feature stores URL ratings locally on the Dell SonicWALL firewall, you can reduce response times to a fraction of a second. Filter inappropriate web content and 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.
Deploy Dell SonicWALL Analyzer reporting software with CFS to run granular reports that summarize web activity details. Use the joint solution 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.
How it works.
Dell SonicWALL CFS is based on a rating architecture that relies on a dynamic database to block objectionable or inappropriate websites. CFS cross-references all websites as they are requested against a vast and highly accurate database of URLs, IP addresses and domains. The Dell SonicWALL firewall then receives a rating in real time, and compares that rating to the local policy setting. The appliance will then either allow or deny the request, based on locally configured policy.
Dell SonicWALL CFS has categorized over 20 million URLs, IP addresses and domains in a continuously updated, dynamically rated database, with thousands more added daily. Because the ratings are determined both by artificial intelligence and human observation, the database is highly accurate and the instance of false positives is minimized. The policy-based system allows the administrator to block all pre-defined categories or any combination of categories, and to apply these policies on a granular level. For example, if one group of users requires access to sites typically found within one category, this level of access can be granted while still denying access to other users.
Categories range from offensive types of content such as "Violence," which would include anti-social websites that advocate use of weapons or explosives, to sites that may not be offensive but would otherwise cause a potential risk to the network in terms of bandwidth usage, such as "Freeware/Software downloads" or "Multimedia."
Categories (view here) 56+ 56+ User/Group Policies Yes Yes Dynamic Rating Yes Yes Reporting Analyzer* and GMS* Yes Web site caching Yes Yes Safe Search Enforcement Yes Yes CFS Policy Enforcement per IP Range Yes No
TZ Series Yes Endpoint devices running Windows
or Mac OS. Deployed through a Dell
NSA Series Yes E-Class NSA Series Yes SuperMassive 9000 Series Yes SuperMassive E10000 Series Yes YouTube for Schools Yes Yes HTTPS content filtering Yes Yes Filter by schedule Yes Yes Content Filtering database Dynamically updated base containing over 20 millions
URLs, IPs and domains
Supported firmware versions/
SonicOS 5.x and later Firewall - Gen5: SonicOS 188.8.131.52 and later,
Gen6: SonicOS 184.108.40.206 and later;
Laptop - Microsoft Windows XP
(SP2 and above)/7/8/
Windows Server 3/Server 8/Server 12,
Mac OS 10.6 and later
*Analyzer and GMS are optional and sold separately.
- Technical Specs
Global UPC 758479012481 Manufacturer SonicWALL Supplier Other Subscription Service Content Filtering Client Subscription Length 3 Years Subscription Length (New) N/A Special Sales Message No