Web Security Appliance: overview

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The Sophos Web Appliance is a hardware appliance which is used at the gateway to block access to malicious websites and scans inbound content quickly and thoroughly to keep new spyware and other malware out. The Appliance plugs directly into your network. It provides a management console which you access from another computer, using a web browser.

The Sophos scanning software is already installed and configured on the Appliance when you buy it. You can either accept the defaults or customize the configuration if required.

Online help is installed and becomes available when you switch on the Appliance.

Getting started

Read the following guide that describes requirements for getting started.

Setting up the Appliance

You must perform the following steps to get the appliance running.

  1. Mount the appliance in a rack in a suitable location. Full details are given in the printed document 'Web Appliance Setup Guide' which comes with the appliance.
  2. Connect it to your network, and plug in the computer that you are going to use to manage it. The Appliance will prompt you for information about your network, which you must provide, for example, IP addresses and Hostnames.
  3. Run the configuration wizard. You can configure your own settings or accept the Appliance defaults. (You can choose to have basic system settings configured before it is shipped to you).

Keeping the appliance up to date

The Appliance is automatically updated every 5 minutes when it calls into Sophos.

Managing the appliance

The management of tasks, network and appliance monitoring, and reporting, is accessible via the web-based management console.

Appliance reporting

A variety of reports are available that cover the performance of the network and the behaviour of the users and the effect of policy. Details are given in the online help. What types of alert are sent to Sophos support?The system alerts the administrator, and Sophos support, in the event of an anomaly or hardware component failure. No personally identifiable information is passed on to Sophos.The Appliance supports Active DirectoryWith Active Directory support you can enforce browsing policies and create reports based on existing usernames and groupings.If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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