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Protect Your Assets Maximize Your Bandwidth: Filter for Content

Content filtering is a major consideration when applying best practices to any network infrastructure. For major businesses that are publicly traded and may have several dozen, or even several hundred employees content filtering is mandatory to be in compliance with certain regulations. While there may not be as many regulatory considerations, content filtering can still be of terrific benefit to smaller organizations.There are two main benefits of content filtering.
  • Preventing employees from accessing inappropriate material from their desks, using company equipment. Perhaps to a lesser extent an employer may also wish to prevent employees from accessing chat programs, games, and other distracting web-based pass times.
  • Somewhat related to the above, is conservation of bandwidth and network resources.
Every little widget run by an employee uses up a certain amount of the available network resources. So every open instance of a streaming radio player, every video stream being viewed, and every Internet game being played will cause Internet and network responsiveness to be slowed incrementally. This does not even begin to cover potential exposure to malicious software, viruses, and Internet scams that could make your company information vulnerable to intrusion.Below is a breakdown of hits on a firewall provided by sonic wall and managed by Sada through our N-Sight managed services solution. Each hit represents activity from inside the firewall.Note: The results below reflect typical results prior to implementing content filtering Rank Site Hits1 x.myspace.com 74942 n-sight.sadasystems.com 68133 www.necelam.com 65944 www.zappos.com 51845 i.myspace.com 43216 www.sadasendit.com 30347 www.neimanmarcus.com 29568 www.champcarworldseries.com 29019 www.evite.com 287110 www.questionpro.com 283811 www.kodakgallery.com 262712 www.epicurious.com 244613 a1216.g.akamai.net 242714 www.msnbc.msn.com 242115 207.46.3.11 239216 hasbro.com 231517 www.urbanoutfitters.com 218018 02.myspace.presence.userplane.com 217819 rad.msn.com 214220 www.staples.com 211321 www.thepaintedturtle.org 206322 re.thepaintedturtle.org 203023 cdn.mapquest.com 202424 msnbcmedia.msn.com 202025 images.amazon.com 2009 It is apparent from these results that blocking access to certain sites would open up a significant amount of bandwidth. Blocking sites such as MySpace, Neiman Marcus, and Evite could potentially produce a higher level of productivity in company employees. Productivity that would otherwise be lost to ‘killing time’ on the Internet.
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