How do I control Web 2.0 and Mobile applications in my network?
Web traffic today is diverse. To effectively manage the content that users in your network can access, you can allow or block access to content using Web categories, Web applications and Web operations.
You can also control access to Web content using a URL or domain name. In today’s Web milieu, this is not an effective solution because the elements of a Web site are served from multiple URLs or domains. Blocking specific URLs is effective only when you know that the content is always served from a specific domain or URL.
To allow reasonable access to Web content, you need to create policy that combines categories, applications, and operation controls. This means that you can allow access to certain applications within a category while blocking the category itself, or restrict selected operations across all applications.
Pre-requisites for Enabling Web and Moble Application Control
The following application and operation control objects allow you to match against the URL in an HTTP or HTTPS request that the ProxySG appliance receives from clients in the network and create policy to allow or restrict access to the requested action or content:
Request URL Application: The Request URL Application object gives you the ability to block popular Web applications such as Facebook, Linkedin, or Pandora. As new applications emerge or existing applications evolve, BCWF tracks the domains that these Web applications use to serve content, and provides periodic updates to include the new domains that are added. You can use the Request URL Application object to block an application and all the associated domains automatically.
Request URL Operation: The Request URL Operation object restricts the actions a user can perform on a Web application. For instance, when you select the Upload Picture action for the Request URL Operation, you create a single rule that blocks the action of uploading pictures to any of the applications or services where the action can be performed such as Flickr, Picasa, or Smugmug.
Allow users to access Facebook and Linkedin, but block access to other social networking sites. Also, block access to all games, including access to games on Facebook.
Please Note : The ProxySG appliance can currently identify over 90 Web applications—including Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Gmail,Amazon, and Google Search—and this list is growing every day. For a current list,
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