Service for Blocking Porn and Viruses
SiteSURV is Cyberpatrol’s Internet filtering service for small-to-medium organizations, like businesses. Using a technology called SiteCAT, it filters web sites by inspecting (also known as crawling or spidering) their content and categorizing them according to their apparent purpose. Categories include malware, pornography, drugs and so on. User organizations can choose to filter selected categories.
I asked Cyberpatrol VP Chris Overton to discuss how SiteSURV stacks up for user organizations in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and resource requirements. Chris said:
“Since SiteSURV is a completely in-the-cloud product, it takes up no system resources on the computers it’s protecting. The only caveat to this is that customers with a dynamic external IP must run our Dynamic IP tool on a single computer behind their access point.
“As far as bandwidth, all the filtering decisions happen at our SiteSURV server, so we’re not using any more of the user’s bandwidth than they’d already be using to browse the web.
“The setup for SiteSURV is very simple, but our online configuration portal gives users the ability to tailor their protection to their needs. Users that want a set-and-forget product can leave the default settings in place. Users that want more control can adjust the filtering to their specific needs.
“Filtering the web is hard work because the web is so big and ever-changing. Our SiteCAT technology holds many advantages over its competitors. Notably, the categorization results from one user get applied to other users. For example, if one user of our system tries to browse to a site that SiteCAT has never seen or analyzed, the SiteCAT crawler immediately starts analysis of that site. The results support all users of our SiteCAT system. This means that we’re able to find new sites somewhat faster than other systems that rely purely on spidering the web.”
–Ben Wright, advisor to Cyberpatrol