New GUI design for Web Protection

  • Article ID: 120406
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2014


Related Product: Web Protection

Related Version: Since version 9.2

What’s New?

Sophos UTM version 9.2 includes a new simplified interface for web filtering policies. The GUI has changed considerably, but the underlying functionality remains unchanged. Prior to UTM version 9.2, the creation of Web Proxy Profiles was dependent on configuring multiple policies. This consisted of creating Filter Actions, which were then assigned to users and groups through a Filter Assignment and then configured to apply to a network through a Proxy Profile.

Starting with UTM version 9.2, each Filter Profile now has a Policies tab where users and groups are assigned to a Filter Action. Administrators can now create and edit Filter Actions using a wizard. In previous firmware releases, user-based policies where different users had different Filter Actions could not be created in the default policy and user-based policy creation was only possible by creating an additional Proxy Profile so as to have multiple Assignments. UTM version 9.2 now fully supports user-based policies, reducing configuration complexity.

Key Differences between Firmware version 9.1 and 9.2 in the Web Protection GUI

1. The Global options named URL Filtering Categories, HTTPS CAs and Exceptions in UTM version 9.1 have been moved to the new Filtering Options menu section in version 9.2.

Related Section: Web Protection -> Web Filtering

 

2. Two new sections named Enable Device-Specific Authentication and HTTPS (SSL) scanning are added to the Default Web Profile in the UTM version 9.2

Related Section: Web Protection -> Web Filtering -> Global

 

3. A new section named Policies has been added to Web Protection -> Web Filtering. This is a replacement of the Filter Assignments from where the users attained Filter Action in version 9.1. In version 9.2 this is presented in the tabular form and the Default Profile can have many policies unlike the earlier Default Profile which had only a single Filter Assignment.

Related Section in Version 9.1: Web Protection -> Web Filtering Profiles -> Filter Assignment

Related Section in Version 9.2: Web Protection -> Web Filtering -> Policies

 

4. In version 9.1 the Filter Assignments in Proxy Profiles were chosen via check boxes. They have been renamed to Filter Profiles, and the Policies are managed in a table. In version 9.1 all Proxy Profiles had a Fallback Action this has been renamed to Base Policy, although the functionality is the same. The Base Policy contains the Filter Action that is used if no other policies match. The Base Policy of the Default Profile can also be edited now.

Related Section in Version 9.1: Web Protection -> Web Filtering Profiles -> Proxy Profiles

Related Section in Version 9.2: Web Protection -> Web Filtering -> Policies

 

5. Creation of Filter Actions had to be done in a very tall, thin column and they had to be assigned to Filters. Filter Actions are now created and edited in a multi-tab dialog, and can be done while creating a Policy. In this multi-tab dialog you will now find the sections Categories, Websites, Downloads, Antivirus, Additional Options. The Patterns for Antivirus are now updated automatically via gw.sophosxl.net.(a list of Important IP-Addresses and domains the UTM connects to can be found in KBA 120384). 

Related Section in Version 9.1: Web Protection -> Web Filtering Profiles -> Filter Actions

Related Section in Version 9.2: Web Protection -> Web Filtering -> Policies

 

6. In version 9.1 a pre-defined Filter Assignment had be used in multiple Proxy Profiles but from version 9.2 a Policy can be specific to a single Filter Profile.

Related Section in Version 9.1: Web Protection -> Web Filtering Profiles -> Proxy Profiles -> New Proxy Profile

Related Section in Version 9.2: Web Protection –> Web Filter Profiles -> Policies

 

 
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