In today’s digitally dependent environment, just about every organization has become increasingly reliant on websites. Employees have become used to casually surfing the web, researching reference materials, chatting with friends and downloading files without always considering possible Internet security threats.
What web surfers might not realize is that without proper URL filtering, the dynamic nature of the Internet can turn a site that is safe today into a threat tomorrow, the next week or even in a matter of seconds. A user who thought it safe to surf to his or her favorite gaming site during working hours, for example, might inadvertently wreak havoc on his company’s networking infrastructure if the site contains phishing, spyware, ransomware or other malicious code.
Advantages of Web Security and Filtering
URL filtering helps organizations prevent computer users from visiting unsafe websites, viewing inappropriate content and unintentionally downloading malware. With URL security screening, filters are configured to comply with an organization’s web usage and IT policies. Once in place, URL filters check the origin and content of a web page against the defined set of rules to determine whether access to the site should be granted or denied.
Using URL filtering:
- Enhances a company’s security posture by preventing access to malicious websites long before a company’s computers, servers and workstations are exposed to them.
- Minimizes costs related to malware outbreaks.
- Reduces liability hazards by preventing access to sites that host inappropriate web content.
- Frees up data bandwidth by denying employees access to bandwidth-hungry sites such as YouTube, significantly boosting the performance of business applications and network resources.
- Increases employee productivity and company efficiency by blocking access to recreational sites, such as those used for gaming, social networking and instant messaging.
For these reasons, more and more organizations are adopting URL filtering solutions.
Disadvantages of URL Filtering
While URL filtering provides many advantages by blocking access to harmful websites and spam, blocking too many sites (or “over-blocking”) without proper management can lead to issues.
Some applications rely on ancillary libraries and programs in order to work. Applications that require Java, for example, might refuse to run or will behave in a quirky fashion if denied access to the latest Java downloads.
URL Filtering From SolarWinds MSP
URL filtering is important, but choosing the right URL filtering tool backed by the right company is paramount.
With over 260 million remote monitoring checks run every day, 8 billion spam messages stopped in the past year, and 1 million quarantined threats every month, Web Protection is part of the most powerful and effective managed service provider (MSP) platform on the market, MSP RMM. Using these services, MSPs can grant their customers the freedom to surf the Internet while putting controls in place to prevent malware infections, bandwidth abuse, wasted time, productivity loss, legal threats and more.
When surfers go to a site, SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) identifies the site, its content and its URL in real time. It takes only a few milliseconds to determine whether the site can be viewed or must be blocked to comply with the defined rules and company/school policies. SolarWinds MSP URL filtering controls allow you to get as granular as required by company policies.
With URL filtering services from SolarWinds MSP, MSPs can extend their offerings and complement their customers’ existing security requirements with an additional layer of protection. Setup is a snap, with most installations getting up and running in 10 minutes or less.
Best of all, these services can be accessed from the same dashboard used for other MSP RMM services. This single-pane-of-glass convenience eliminates the need for separate consoles, enhancing the operational efficiencies that come with using an integrated dashboard and adding to the consistency, familiarity and productivity of the MSP RMM user experience.
Key Benefits of SolarWinds MSP Web Protection
SolarWinds MSP URL filtering protects against websites carrying malware, proxies, adware, spyware, botnets, phishing and spam. Using block lists, allow lists, device policies and access restrictions, SolarWinds MSP URL filtering services keep network users focused and on-task while limiting the chances of harmful malware from infecting computers and networks, which could bring your organization to a screeching halt.
But our URL filtering goes way beyond that by allowing customizable features such as:
- Time-based browsing rules
- Web policies specific to device, by user or by both
- Administrator alerts when visits to blocked websites are attempted
- Custom messages alerting users that the website they are trying to access violates corporate web policies
- Schedules that define when certain sites can be accessed (For example, administrators might allow news, sports or social media sites to be accessed during lunch hours and coffee breaks)
- Up-to-date statistics organized according to day, website or category
- Access to built-in report options that summarize web usage by customer, device or site
Network Security and Management Beyond URL Filtering
SolarWinds MSP compliments its URL filtering tools with a comprehensive and robust suite of IT solutions designed to simplify day-to-day operations of MSPs and IT professionals.
Along with URL filters, SolarWinds MSP offers solutions for:
- Data backup
- Disaster recovery
- Remote management
- Secure email
- Asset tracking
- Patch management
- IT maintenance
- Risk management
While these solutions are each designed for a different purpose, they are all designed with the same purpose in mind: to help MSPs empower customers, scale to outrun the competition and operate at optimum capacity.
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About SolarWinds MSP
SolarWinds MSP delivers the only 100% SaaS, fully cloud-based IT service management (ITSM) platform, backed by collective intelligence and the highest levels of layered security. SolarWinds MSP MAX products — including Risk Intelligence, Remote Management, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Mail and Service Desk — comprise the market’s most widely trusted integrated solution.
Deployed on millions of endpoints across hundreds of thousands of networks, the platform has the industry vision to define and deliver the future of the market. SolarWinds MSP provides the most comprehensive IT security available as well as LOGICcards, the first ever IT notification feature powered by prescriptive analytics and machine learning.
At SolarWinds MSP, our passion is helping IT professionals secure and manage their systems and data through actionable insights, rewriting the rules of IT. For more information, contact us.