About Your Appliance



Organizations typically expend considerable resources and effort preventing virus, worm, and Trojan infections from entering their networks via email. These threats, as well as spyware, adware, and phishing scams are increasingly infiltrating organizations' networks via web browsing.

Inappropriate web browsing by employees is also a significant legal liability and productivity concern for many organizations. The Sophos Web Appliance provides extensive URL categorization data that allows you to set acceptable web access policies for your organization that are highly customizable and enforceable. These policies can allow user access, warn users that they will be violating policy if they continue to a requested site, or block user access based on over fifty categories of URLs. In addition to your default acceptable web access policy, group-based exceptions are available as differentiated "Special Hours" policies. There is also the potential to create numerous additional policies that can be used as per-user or per-group exceptions to the default and Special Hours web access policies.

The Sophos Web Appliances and Sophos Management Appliances include a powerful, highly effective, and easy-to-use administrative web interface that provides configuration and reporting tools, automated software updates, and self-monitoring to minimize the administrator's day-to-day involvement in web security and control maintenance. You can customize the appliances' default URL-handling policy and message pages, and accept or reject end user requests for changes to the handling of blocked URLs submitted via an end user feedback system.

The Web Appliances use the proven Sophos Anti-Virus engine, regularly updated with the latest internet threats every 5 to 30 minutes by SophosLabs™, our global threat detection network. SophosLabs has more than 20 years' experience in protecting businesses from known and emerging threats. URL categorization data is similarly updated every 5 to 30 minutes, and the enhanced categorization data is updated hourly.

The Web Appliance is easy to install, configure, and maintain.