While the role of the lowly URL has really grown over the past few years, some things never change. At first it was just basic web static content coming over on port 80, then it was encrypted static content on port 443, but now virtually everything from static to dynamic travels both in and out of your networks on these two ports ... and your task is to make sense of it since you are developer.
Fortunately your OEM partner has HTTPS inspection ability on dynamic traffic, such as all the social media updates.
URL content filtering was once a simple simple set of tools to help point your Web browser at the Web page of your choice and do it safelyl. At first there were a few companies that provided this service, and now today URL content filtering is sometimes looked at as a commodity, something required for a variety of reasons, and used is many different and diverse ways, but still a requirement none the less.
Today, when URLs have become a highly extensible 'meta language' allowing remote computers to exchange static as well as executable content and commands that act as conduit for client/server communication over port 80 and 443. The industry has moved from black lists, to white lists, to categorization databases, to dynamic real-time categorization of url content.
Need some HTTPS inspection. inCompass® by NetSTAR has you covered.
Controlling the URLs that enter and leave your network is an important control point to reduce risks and mitigate damage. When building solutions and partnering with an OEM vendor, look for a partner that only focus on the proper categorization of the URL as this simple "commodity" can reflect heavily on your end users experience.
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