I'm in need of network based software to track and block websites, what do you recommend?

I'm in need of network based software to track and block websites, what do you recommend?  If at all possible a CEO report function would be nice so that they could check without us having to compile and custom reports as well as server based management to allow/disallow website access via one management console for the network.

Doing a quick search turned up tons of links and I was looking for input from something that the experts here have either used, tested or broken :)

Thanks,
john
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billwhartonCommented:
not sure about your budget but the leaders are websense, ironport and bluecoat. They supply all the functionalities you need - your best bet is to evaluate each vendor separately and see what best suits you.

If you are a small corporation, this is what i recommend - websense express
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/070207-websense-express-smb.html
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drtoto82Commented:
I SA  server is more than a Great Software Firewall .

You can allow only what u like or deny what you don't want . ..etc . But you should have some knowledge to work with it .
It is nice on logging and reporting.

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jdraggiAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately ISA server is not an option for us.  :(

billwharton, have you actually used this product?

Thanks,
john


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drtoto82Commented:
Blue Coat is fine .

you can also make a special policy on you active directory domain policies to allows only specific url you want and deny the rest .. but the bad news is that u have to enter all the urls manually. you have no ready made lists or reporting you are looking for which will be a very big administrative overhead.
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jdraggiAuthor Commented:
drtoto82, yes.  We have made some manual Active Directory list entries but yes, very painful and now it's an issue where the execs want reports...  websense seemed to have the best product for our clients with under 500 users, but we're going to be calling both companies today to get more details.

Which bluecoat product do you use?

--John
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drtoto82Commented:
http://www.bluecoat.com/products/webfilter
Check this link for BlueCoat WebFilter.
Good Luck ..
Regards
Tamer Maher
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jdraggiAuthor Commented:
Turns out that Websense is much more reasonably priced for 10 Clients and up.  BlueCoat is priced for companies with 50 clients and up.  Although it was harder to get in touch with people at websense both products the Websense Express and BlueCoat WebFilter seem to do about the same job.

Thanks for the help,
John
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