Filtering Web Content Using the Cloud

Creating a process for filtering web content using the cloud in your organization will allow your group to make the jump a hardware-based tactic to r software-based tactic for web content filtering.

If you have not considered doing this yet then you should give it some thought as a cloud based solution has many advantages, not least being that it is simple to configure, robust and economical as it requires less time and labor to install.

Operating Filtering for Web Content Using the Cloud

As you would imagine, filtering web content using a cloud solution means that the data is stored at a location separate to your business. You can access it using any device that can connect to the Internet. There are three main methods of filtering employed by most providers:

  1. SURBL & URIBL filters: IPs addressed are referred to those of websites that are known for infecting devices with malware and are blocked.
  2. Category Filters: Websites that have been categorized as inappropriate or that are known to host malware are placed in a category and access to websites of this category are blocked.
  3. Keyword filters: A range of apps and websites that have been given a specific key work can also be blocked using the management interfaces.

Cybersecurity is the main reason to consider implementing a filter for web content using the cloud but here are some other advantages to be gained for your company. Network performance will be much more seamless as you can eliminate access to bandwidth-draining web pages. In addition to this there is less of a strain on searching sites that require SSL inspection.

The reason why a heavy workload is put on servers by hardware and software solutions for filtering Internet content is because there are so many encrypted web pages that need inspecting. As cloud-based web filtering software employs SSL inspection to establish the content of encrypted web pages, the process is carried out in the cloud, there is less of a drain on internal servers.