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Unique 'no proxy' hybrid cloud service

How does it work?

The hybrid cloud web filtering product has been designed to provide a consistent web access experience across multiple devices and networks - without proxying between the customer network or the endpoint and the cloud service. The easy to use yet powerful web dashboard provides a "single pane of glass" view of web activity across your organisation. The following diagram illustrates the components of the system:

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  • Cloud Dashboard - Centralised management and reporting dashboard
  • Cloud Gateway - Network based software appliance for enforcing local control e.g. BYOD
  • Cloud Link - Endpoint software for Windows & Mac* devices which enforces web security policy off the network
  • Mobile Gateway - Proxy middleware for roaming smartphone and tablet devices

 

Management

The web dashboard, available at http://www.cloudwebfiltering.com is an easy to use yet powerful management tool for administering users, groups, filter rules, policies and reports. Whether you have 1 or 10,000 devices located in one area or geographically disperse, everything is managed via the web dashboard. In addition, the dashboard has a comprehensive and mature RESTful API for developers to easily integrate it into existing applications.

 

Benefits

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  • Unique proxy-less architecture - we don't proxy data from your end point device to our cloud.
  • You browse with your own real IP address over whatever connection is available
  • We allow you to offer a consistent web browsing experience across multiple devices (desktop, laptop, mobile)
  • Centrally manage your web browsing policies via our "single pane of glass" dashboard
  • Handle Bring Your Own Device traffic easily
  • Alleviate the burden of proxying from your internal VPN links saving precious bandwidth and improving the user experience

 

End point protection

To take advantage of our unique proxy-less architecture you will need to protect your end point devices with a mixture of tools that are included with the product. These are described below:

  • Cloud Gateway - this is a software appliance that can be installed on the network as a physical or virtual appliance. Cloud Gateway intercepts local network web traffic, provides Active Directory authentication and a Captive Portal for Bring Your Own Device environments.
  • Cloud Link for Windows - this is a software agent that runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems. Cloud Link intercepts web traffic on any web browser and provides transparent authentication with Active Directory. The service is secured with a password to prevent the end-user from disabling or uninstalling it.
  • Cloud Link for iOS - this is an app for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) that provides a custom browser which can be locked down by MDM profiles