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Hello,

We have had various web security gateways in the past and are not a huge company by all means 700-800 staff from various locations that come back to a datacenter for internet access.  This is currently filtered by a 3rd party software sitting on a stand alone server and I'm wondering what others are using as our warranty is up and the reporting isn't great so we'd like to weigh the options and see what others recommend?
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by:Michael Machie
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We use an IronPort for Spam and Virus filtering. We also use a Cisco ASA for our Firewall and VPN access. So far both have been fantastic products.
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Which product protects from going to gambling, non-work related Internet sites?
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BlueCoat has some fantastic products and appliances to manage what you are looking for. It also allows you to grant access to certain sites but deny access to various links and/or apps that would run from that site.

For example: My company is a large Beverage distributor - Beer, Wine, Liquor, Water, Coffee etc. Although we do not want our staff on gambling or adult sites on work laptops, our customer base includes just that - adult establishments and casinos. So, we needed a product that would allow access to those customer sites but not allow access to play any games, launch web apps, upload or download, etc. We chose Blue Coat.

Another example is Facebook. We have Facebook pages for craft beers, wines, liquors etc. and our staff need to be able to post comments, change pictures, etc. However, we do not want them playing Zlingo, Words with Friends etc. The BlueCoat products allow us to grant staff access to Facebook but not click links to external websites or launch web apps - whatever I decide they can and cannot do.
Here is a link to BlueCoat's Web Filter Info page.
http://www.bluecoat.com/products/webfilterhttp://www.bluecoat.com/products/webfilter

Their Home Page is www.bluecoat.com
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by:bergquistcompany
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I thought Blue Coat did WAN optimization?
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by:Michael Machie
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Blue Coat does way more than just that - they are a forerunner in Web Security and Web Filtering as well.
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by:bergquistcompany
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So they have seperate products as we already have WAN optimization we can still get a security appliance?  Does it allow for filtering as in not allowing different groups of users to categories of sites and run reporting?
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by:Michael Machie
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yes, the newer Blue Coat product does. complete web filtering, url access/denial, link denial within specified URLs- such as links within facebook etc. the reporting I am not sure of but i would think they have it.

another option would be Marshall86 (otherwise know as M86). This product has URL blocking as well as site visit logging.
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great choice and thanks!
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