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SonicWALL Content Filtering Service and Content Filtering Client
Powerful protection and productivity solution to block access to harmful and unproductive web content

Content Filtering Service

SonicWall Content Filtering Service (CFS) is a subscription-based add-on service for SonicWall firewall products. This web filtering service blocks inappropriate, unproductive and even illegal and malicious web content for SonicWall customers around the globe.

The SonicWall Content Filtering Client is a web filtering service that blocks inappropriate, unproductive, illegal and malicious web content for devices outside the network.

Overview:

Educational institutions, businesses and government agencies assume substantial risks when they provide students and employees IT-issued computers that can be used to access the Internet, even when the device is behind the firewall perimeter where organizational web use policies are enforced. This is particularly true when those connections are used to access sites containing information or images that are inappropriate, dangerous or even illegal. These sites may also be infected with malware that can be inadvertently downloaded and then used to steal confidential information.

Schools, in particular, have a responsibility to protect students from inappropriate and harmful web content. In addition, to receive eRate funding, both schools and libraries are required by law to install a content filtering solution in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). 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.

SonicWall Content Filtering Service (CFS) running on SonicWall Unified Threat Management and next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) is a powerful protection and productivity solution that delivers unequalled content filtering enforcement for educational institutions, businesses, libraries and government agencies. Using SonicWall CFS, organizations have control over the websites students and employees can access using their IT-issued computer behind the firewall.

SonicWall CFS compares requested websites against a massive database in the cloud containing millions of rated URLs, IP addresses and websites. CFS provides administrators with the tools to create and apply policies that allow or deny access to sites based on individual or group identity, or by time of day, for over 56 pre-defined categories. CFS also dynamically caches website ratings locally on the SonicWall firewall for nearinstantaneous response times.

For laptops that are used outside the firewall perimeter, the SonicWALL Content Filtering Client addresses safety, security and productivity concerns by extending the controls to block harmful and unproductive web content. The client is automatically deployed and provisioned through a SonicWALL firewall. In addition to providing IT administrators the tools to control 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. The client is managed and monitored using a powerful policy and reporting engine in the cloud that is accessed seamlessly from the firewall interface. In the event an outdated client attempts to connect to the internal network to access the Internet, the connection is denied and the user receives a message with steps for remediation.

Benefits

  • Best in-class protection
  • Granular content filtering controls
  • Dynamically updated rating architecture
  • Application traffic analytics
  • Easy-to-use web-based management
  • High-performance web caching and rating architecture
  • IP-based HTTPS content filtering
  • Scalable, cost-effective solution
  • Content Filtering Client for roaming devices

Features & Benefits:

  • Granular content filtering allows the administrator to block or apply bandwidth management to all predefined categories or any combination of categories. Administrators can apply User Level Authentication (ULA) and Single Sign-On (SSO) to enforce username and password logon. CFS can block potentially harmful content such as Java, ActiveX, and Cookies, as well as schedule filtering by time of day, such as during school or business hours. CFS also enhances performance by filtering out IM, MP3s, streaming media, freeware and other files that drain bandwidth.
  • Dynamically updated rating architecture cross-references all requested web sites against a highly accurate database categorizing millions of URLs, IP addresses and domains. The SonicWALL firewall receives ratings in real time, and then compares each rating to the local policy setting. The appliance will then either allow or deny the request based on the administrator’s locally configured policy.
  • Application traffic analytics suite includes SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS), SonicWALL Analyzer and SonicWALL Scrutinizer, each of which provides real-time and historic analysis of data transmitted through the firewall, including web sites blocked and visited by user.
  • Easy-to-use web-based management enables flexible policy configuration and complete control over Internet usage. Administrators can enforce multiple custom policies for individual users, groups or specific category types. Local URL filtering controls can allow or deny specific domains or hosts. To block objectionable and unproductive material more effectively, administrators can also create or customize filtering lists.
  • High-performance web caching and rating architecture allows administrators to block sites easily and automatically by category. URL ratings are cached locally on the SonicWALL firewall, so that response time for subsequent access of frequently visited sites is only a fraction of a second.
  • IP-based HTTPS content filtering allows administrators to control user access to web sites over encrypted HTTPS. HTTPS filtering is based on the categorical rating of web sites containing information or images that are objectionable or unproductive such as violence, hate, online banking, shopping and others.
  • Scalable, cost-effective solution controls content filtering from the SonicWALL firewall, eliminating the need for additional hardware or deployment expenditures on a separate dedicated filtering server.
  • Content Filtering Client for roaming devices extends enforcement of internal web use policies to block objectionable and unproductive Internet content for devices located outside the firewall perimeter. The client enforces security and productivity policies whenever the device connects to the Internet regardless of where the connection is established.

SonicWALL Content Filtering Service Architecture:

Deployed and managed through a SonicWall firewall, SonicWall Content Filtering Service enables IT administrators to create and enforce Internet use policies that block IT-issued endpoint devices located behind the firewall from accessing inappropriate and unproductive websites over a LAN, wireless LAN or VPN.

For roaming devices located outside the firewall perimeter, SonicWall Content Filtering Client extends security and productivity policies whenever the device connects to the Internet regardless of where the connection is established. Deployment is simplified using the enforcement capability of a SonicWall firewall and the client is managed and monitored using a powerful policy and reporting engine.

Using SonicWall Analyzer or SonicWall Global Management System (GMS), IT administrators can create real-time and historical reports on web usage.

SonicWALL Content Filtering Service Architecture

  1. SonicWall CFS user behind the firewall
  2. Roaming CF Client user outside the firewall perimeter
  3. Distributed SonicWall CFS ratings database
  4. Local ratings cache of acceptable sites
  5. Set URL polices to block objectionable or counter productive websites
  6. Real-time and historical reports using SonicWall Analyzer or GMS

Compare:


Features Content Filtering Service Premium Content Filtering Client
Categories 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 Yes
Available on:
• TZ Series
• NSA Series
• E-Class NSA Series
• SuperMassive 9000 Series
• SuperMassive E10000 Series

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Endpoint devices running Windows, Chrome OS or Mac OS deployed through a SonicWall firewall
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/Operating Systems SonicOS 5.x and later Firewall – Gen5: SonicOS 5.9.0.4 and later, Gen6: SonicOS 6.1.1.6 and later;

Laptop – Microsoft Windows 7/8/10/ Windows Server 3/ Server 8/Server 12, Chrome OS, Mac OS 10.8 and later

*Analyzer and GMS are optional and sold separately.

Pricing Notes:

Content Filtering Service Standard Edition - TZ 170 10 & 25 Node Series
Content Filtering Service Standard Edition For TZ 170 10 and 25 Node Series (3 Years)
#01-SSC-7311
Our Price: Request a Quote
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - TZ 105 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 105 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-4850
List Price: $226.00
Our Price: $192.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 105 Series (2 Years)
#01-SSC-4851
List Price: $389.00
Our Price: $331.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 105 Series (3 Years)
#01-SSC-4852
List Price: $544.00
Our Price: $462.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - TZ 200 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 200 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-8634
List Price: $462.00
Our Price: $393.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - TZ 205 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 205 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-4805
List Price: $471.00
Our Price: $401.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 205 Series (2 Years)
#01-SSC-4806
List Price: $718.00
Our Price: $610.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 205 Series (3 Years)
#01-SSC-4807
List Price: $841.00
Our Price: $715.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - TZ 210 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 210 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7371
List Price: $491.00
Our Price: $417.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - TZ 215 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 215 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-4763
List Price: $523.00
Our Price: $445.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 215 Series (2 Years)
#01-SSC-4764
List Price: $873.00
Our Price: $742.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for TZ 215 Series (3 Years)
#01-SSC-4765
List Price: $1,118.00
Our Price: $950.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA 240 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition For NSA 240 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7335
List Price: $696.00
Our Price: $591.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA 2400 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition For NSA 2400 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7334
List Price: $1,928.00
Our Price: $1,639.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA 3500 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition For NSA 3500 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7333
List Price: $2,359.00
Our Price: $2,005.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA 4500 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition For NSA 4500 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7332
List Price: $2,790.00
Our Price: $2,372.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA 5000 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition For NSA 5000 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7350
List Price: $3,866.00
Our Price: $3,286.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA E5500 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition For NSA E5500 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7331
List Price: $4,913.00
Our Price: $4,176.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA E6500 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for NSA E6500 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7330
List Price: $7,437.00
Our Price: $6,321.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for NSA E6500 Series (2 Years)
#01-SSC-7337
List Price: $12,852.00
Our Price: $10,924.00
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition - NSA E7500 Series
Content Filtering Service Premium Business Edition for NSA E7500 Series (1 Year)
#01-SSC-7329
List Price: $13,529.00
Our Price: $11,499.00
Content Filtering Client - 10 Users
Content Filtering Client - 10 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1252
List Price: $169.00
Our Price: $144.00
Content Filtering Client - 10 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1253
List Price: $288.00
Our Price: $245.00
Content Filtering Client - 10 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1254
List Price: $407.00
Our Price: $346.00
Content Filtering Client - 25 Users
Content Filtering Client - 25 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1225
List Price: $381.00
Our Price: $323.00
Content Filtering Client - 25 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1226
List Price: $644.00
Our Price: $547.00
Content Filtering Client - 25 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1227
List Price: $910.00
Our Price: $773.00
Content Filtering Client - 50 Users
Content Filtering Client - 50 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1228
List Price: $714.00
Our Price: $606.00
Content Filtering Client - 50 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1229
List Price: $1,213.00
Our Price: $1,031.00
Content Filtering Client - 50 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1230
List Price: $1,712.00
Our Price: $1,456.00
Content Filtering Client - 100 Users
Content Filtering Client - 100 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1231
List Price: $1,338.00
Our Price: $1,137.00
Content Filtering Client - 100 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1232
List Price: $2,274.00
Our Price: $1,933.00
Content Filtering Client - 100 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1233
List Price: $3,211.00
Our Price: $2,729.00
Content Filtering Client - 250 Users
Content Filtering Client - 250 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1255
List Price: $2,899.00
Our Price: $2,464.00
Content Filtering Client - 250 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1235
List Price: $4,929.00
Our Price: $4,190.00
Content Filtering Client - 250 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1236
List Price: $6,957.00
Our Price: $5,913.00
Content Filtering Client - 500 Users
Content Filtering Client - 500 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1237
List Price: $5,351.00
Our Price: $4,549.00
Content Filtering Client - 500 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1238
List Price: $9,097.00
Our Price: $7,733.00
Content Filtering Client - 500 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1239
List Price: $12,843.00
Our Price: $10,917.00
Content Filtering Client - 750 Users
Content Filtering Client - 750 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1240
List Price: $6,689.00
Our Price: $5,686.00
Content Filtering Client - 750 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1241
List Price: $11,372.00
Our Price: $9,666.00
Content Filtering Client - 750 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1242
List Price: $16,054.00
Our Price: $13,646.00
Content Filtering Client - 1,000 Users
Content Filtering Client - 1,000 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1243
List Price: $7,135.00
Our Price: $6,065.00
Content Filtering Client - 1,000 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1244
List Price: $12,130.00
Our Price: $10,310.00
Content Filtering Client - 1,000 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1245
List Price: $17,124.00
Our Price: $14,556.00
Content Filtering Client - 2,000 Users
Content Filtering Client - 2,000 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1246
List Price: $10,703.00
Our Price: $9,097.00
Content Filtering Client - 2,000 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1247
List Price: $18,195.00
Our Price: $15,465.00
Content Filtering Client - 2,000 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1248
List Price: $25,686.00
Our Price: $21,834.00
Content Filtering Client - 5,000 Users
Content Filtering Client - 5,000 Users (1 Year)
#01-SSC-1249
List Price: $17,838.00
Our Price: $15,162.00
Content Filtering Client - 5,000 Users (2 Years)
#01-SSC-1250
List Price: $30,324.00
Our Price: $25,776.00
Content Filtering Client - 5,000 Users (3 Years)
#01-SSC-1251
List Price: $42,811.00
Our Price: $36,389.00
Content Filtering Client - 5,000 Users (5 Years)
#01-SSC-0413
List Price: $66,892.00
Our Price: $56,858.00