Create Custom Content Filtering Rules

You will more than likely need to create policy rules that accomplish your corporate web use guidelines while ensuring the web resources required for your business remain available. For example, you might have applied a global block to a specific content category or web application, but now need to allow specific users or groups access.

Tip: To save time, create policy objects (Overview > Object Library page) that you know you will use multiple times. For example, a set of allowed domains or a group of categories.

In Solutions mode, select Content Filtering > Policy.

To launch the rule wizard, click Add Rule.

Policy Rule Creator

  • The Conditions area is where you define the constructs of the policy rule. From who or where did the request originate? To where is it going? And does it apply to specific content or based on a time frame?
  • The Verdict area is where you define the action to take if the rule is triggered.

Construct and Editor Tutorials

Activate Policy

Now the that rule is complete, click Add Rule

Unactivated Rule

Based on the constructs, the WSS automatically inserts the rule to the bottom of Group A or B accordingly on the Content Filtering Rules page. However, you might elect to rearrange the rule. For example, you have a rule that takes an action based on a group membership but want to take some other action for a specific user.

To move that rule above the group rule, select the rule number to display a menu.

Move Rule

The orange triangles indicate that the policy is not yet activated. The WSS also displays policy discrepancies, which you must first resolve.

Click Activate to implement the policy.

Exempt URLs from Permanently Blocked Categories

The Group A G1 rule provides a construct for Permanently Blocked Categories. By default, Child Pornography is permanently blocked (others might be added in the future). It cannot be changed.

But you might have a requirement for specific users or groups to be able to access URLs that belong to a Permanently Blocked Category.

  1. In the editor menu bar, click Settings.
  2. In the dialog, select Allow exemptions to Permanently Blocked Categories in Content Filtering.

    The editor adds a new row designated as P1.

  3. Click the Permanently Block Source Exemptions and/or the Permanently Block URL Exemptions links and add exemptions as required.

Tip: This topic provides a high-level description of the rules editor. See Policy: How Do I? for use case examples.

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