SonicWall CFS compares requested web sites against a massive database in the cloud containing millions of rated URLs, IP addresses and web sites. It 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.
SonicWall Content Filtering Service enables IT administrators to configure 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. CFS also dynamically caches website ratings locally on the SonicWall firewall for near-instantaneous response times.
This release includes significant user interface changes and many new features that are different from the SonicOS 6.5 and earlier firmware. The below resolution is for customers using SonicOS 7.X firmware.
Content Filtering Page:
Navigate to Policy | Security Services | Content Filter, users are given a choice to select the content filter type: SonicWall CFS and Websense Enterprise.
By default, the type is SonicWall CFS.
In this, we have the option to Enable/Disable Content Filtering Services Globally.
On the CFS exclusion, we can Exclude administrator from the Content Filtering Policies, and we can use address objects of the IP addresses for the exclusion.
Resolution for SonicOS 6.5
This release includes significant user interface changes and many new features that are different from the SonicOS 6.2 and earlier firmware. The below resolution is for customers using SonicOS 6.5 firmware.
Content Filter page
On the Manage |Security Configuration | Security Services|Content Filter page, users are given a choice to select the Content filter type between SonicWall CFS and Websense Enterprise. By default the type is SonicWall CFS.
Unlike previous CFS versions CFS4.0 is implemented by CFS Policies. Hence the options in SonicWall Filter Properties window are moved to Content Filter page and optimized under Global Settings section. The option Enable Content Filtering Service is added to enable/disable CFS globally.