Cyber Monday is Quickly Approaching is Your Network Ready?

November 17th, 2014

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Cyber Monday crushed it, again.

Online shopping on Cyber Monday hit $2.29 billion in sales in 2013

  • Adobe reported that Cyber Monday eCommerce sales grew 16% year-over-year to $2.29 billion.
  • Adobe also said that 18.3% of sales came from mobile devices, an increase of 80% year-over-year.
  • ComScore reported that Cyber Monday reached $1.73 billion in desktop online spending, up 18% from 2012.
  • IBM said Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day in history, with a 20.6% increase in online sales.
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The chart above shows Cyber Monday sales dramatically increasing around 9 am on Monday and holding steady throughout the entire work day.

With more and more of your employees doing their shopping online, it has become a cyber security issue for businesses making sure their networks are secure, managing bandwidth and protecting their employee from identity theft . CyBlock Web Security products will help you manage all of this from an easy to use single console.

CyBlock is a complete Web management and security product:

  • Advanced Web Filtering
  • Threat Protection
  • Bandwidth Management
  • SSL Inspection
  • Comprehensive Reporting

More information about CyBlock Web Security Products.

 

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.2 Now Available

November 12th, 2014

In Release 9.1.2, we are excited to provide our customers with CyBlock Hybrid, a new deployment option that extends Web filtering and monitoring to your off-premises employees. It combines your existing CyBlock installation with a CyBlock Cloud service. The enhancements are described below.

CyBlock Appliance and CyBlock Software

  • CyBlock Hybrid Deployment. The following features have been added:
    • A CyBlock Cloud account will be created for you.
    • The Settings – Hybrid page allows you to pair your existing installation of CyBlock with your cloud account by entering an access key.
    • After pairing occurs, the User Management – Authentication – Rules tab will display a Cloud entry with the same authentication type as the Default entry.
    • When configuration changes occur in your on-premises CyBlock installation, they automatically sync with CyBlock Cloud. The configurations that are synced include the following:
      • Blocking policies
      • Web search filtering
      • Blocking message
      • Groups and IDs
      • Custom categories
      • SSL Inspection data
    • The ability to manually sync configuration changes with your cloud account is available on the Settings – Hybrid page. You can also temporarily stop all communication between your CyBlock installation and cloud account, reestablish communication, and delete the pairing.

CyBlock Appliance, CyBlock Cloud, and CyBlock Software

  • Application Controls. Additional YouTube video ID formats are now accepted, and previous formats have been updated.

CyBlock Software and Cyfin

  • Anonymous IDs in Reports. This includes the following changes:
    • An Anonymous IDs option has been added to the Settings – Reports – Options page to allow anonymous IDs in reports.
    • With this option selected, the Anonymous IDs field on the Create Report page will be available to enable anonymous IDs in the report you are running.
    • The Create Report page for the following reports will display the Anonymous IDs field:
      • All High-Level Summary Reports excluding Top Web Sites
      • Category Audit Detail
      • Search Terms Audit Detail
      • Site Audit Detail
      • Site Analysis Bandwidth

There are also corrections in this release for CyBlock as well as Cyfin. To see the full release notes for your product, visit our Web site or knowledge base.

If you are at version 9.0.5 or later, you can upgrade to the latest release by going to the Help – Check for Updates screen in your product.

If you are at version 6.8.3.a or earlier, you can download the latest release by going to CyBlock Software Downloads or Cyfin Downloads. To upgrade CyBlock Appliance, please contact Technical Support at (321) 953-5351, Ext. 4 or support@wavecrest.net.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Wavecrest Computing Releases Hybrid Option for CyBlock

November 12th, 2014

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Wavecrest Computing, the makers of CyBlock, have just announced the availability of the Hybrid option for CyBlock.

For organizations that are composed of a main office, branch offices, and remote and mobile users, there is a certain need to safeguard all networks and employees in the organization. Organizations want to apply the same Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which is being enforced for on-premises employees, to remote employees. Along with an on-premises installation of CyBlock Software or CyBlock Appliance, companies can also secure remote offices and mobile users using a Hybrid deployment of CyBlock.

“The Hybrid deployment is a feature that uses CyBlock Cloud to extend Web filtering and monitoring to our clients’ off-premises employees, that is, those connecting to the Internet from hotels, airports, home offices, or remote offices.” Dennis McCabe CEO, Wavecrest Computing

CyBlock Hybrid offers a flexible Web security solution that combines your on-premises CyBlock installation with a CyBlock Cloud service. You can manage the policies for your on-premises and off-premises employees from a single interface. Using CyBlock Cloud, the Hybrid deployment secures remote and mobile users so there is no need to route traffic back to the main office. You can free up local server bandwidth and be assured that Web filtering for these users is occurring in the cloud.

CyBlock Hybrid Cloud

Wavecrest Computing has been the recognized leader in Web security and Web-usage forensic solutions for over 17 years. Our scalable filtering and forensic reporting analysis products are designed to enable organizations to successfully address Internet abuse, legal liability, workforce productivity, and Web security threats. Wavecrest Computing’s client list includes well-known corporations such as Edward Jones, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MillerCoors, Rolex, Siemens, and others.

CyBlock MSP Partner Portal

October 23rd, 2014

The CyBlock MSP Partner Portal allows you to easily access and manage all of your customer accounts and view their licenses. Here are the highlights:

  • Once your CyBlock Cloud account has been established, you will receive an e-mail notification to complete your registration by logging on to the interface.
  • In the interface, you will see a list of all your customers and their account information. By clicking the customer name, you can view more information for each customer, such as license details, proxy activity, and reporting storage options.
  • For each of your customers, you can set the product to be specific to their needs including blocking policies, authentication rules, Groups and IDs, and custom categories. You can also run different kinds of reports on employee Web use for your customers, such as audit detail reports.
  • You easily switch between customers and retrieve their corresponding policies, settings, and screens via the Customer menu.
  • You will receive an e-mail notification of the daily status of your customers including proxy and reporting usage. You will also be notified when the number of licensed users has been exceeded for a particular customer.

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To learn more about CyBlock’s new MSP Partner Portal read our new Tech Brief.

Filtering and Identifying Web Activity by User Name

September 2nd, 2014

Identifying Web Activity by User Name

When a company implements Web filtering and monitoring software, it typically wants to filter and monitor the Web traffic flowing through its network by user name versus IP address for various reasons. Some of these reasons include curtailing casual surfing, protecting against security threats, and conserving bandwidth. Furthermore, a company’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is usually based on user names and/or groups of user names. Therefore, the application that enforces and monitors the company’s AUP needs to identify Web activity by user name. IP addresses can be dynamic, and sometimes more than one employee can log on to a computer, and hence, more than one user name will be using the same IP address.

Many an IT administrator is tasked with ensuring that the company’s employees are going through
the proxy that is in place, so that Web activity can be monitored by user name. To get user names
and authenticate users, IT administrators can choose any of the proxy configuration options and
authentication methods described below.

Depending on the company’s preference, one proxy configuration option may be more favorable than the other. Here, we will discuss applying browser settings manually, pushing out group policies using Active Directory (AD), using a captive portal, and installing client software. We will also touch on the different ways that you can authenticate your Internet users using our CyBlock products.

Read more.

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.1 Now Available

July 7th, 2014

SideImageManagedServicesIn Release 9.1.1, we are excited to announce enhancements to CyBlock Cloud specifically for MSP Partners. Our MSP Partners can now log on to the interface and manage each of their customers’ account information and also the product features for each of their customers, such as Web filtering and reporting.

The enhancements for CyBlock Cloud are described below. There are also corrections in this release for CyBlock Cloud as well as for CyBlock Appliance, CyBlock Software, and Cyfin.

  • MSP Partner Portal. The following features have been added:
    • Once your account has been established, you will receive an e-mail notification to complete your registration by logging on to the interface.
    • After logging on with the default password, you will be required to change your password on the Change Your Password screen. If you forget your password, a “Forgot password” link is available to reset your password to the default.
    • The Home page lists all of your customers and their account information. By clicking the customer name, you can view more information for each customer, such as license details, proxy activity, reporting storage options, and the customer’s Client Activation Key.
    • The Customer menu allows you to select a customer in order to manage and view that customer’s specific product features. As you switch between customers, their corresponding policies, settings, and screens will be retrieved.
    • You will receive an e-mail notification of the daily status of your customers including proxy and reporting usage as well as whether the number of users has been exceeded for a particular customer.
  • License Expiration Notice. For non-MSP customers, a notice is now displayed on the Home page when your license is within 30 days of expiring. Contact Sales to renew your license.

To see the full release notes for your product, visit our Web site or knowledge base.

To find out how to become an MSP Partner, visit our partner page, or send us your information on our partner form and we will contact you.

If you are at version 9.0.5 or later, you can upgrade to the latest release by going to the Help – Check for Updates screen in your product.

If you are at version 6.8.3a or earlier, you can download the latest release by going to CyBlock Software Downloads or Cyfin Downloads. To upgrade CyBlock Appliance, please contact Technical Support at (321) 953-5351, Ext. 4 or support@wavecrest.net.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact us.

World Cup 2014 is kicking off. Is your network ready?

June 12th, 2014

fifa-world-cup-2014-brazil-logoThe 2014 FIFA World Cup games begin today and will run until July 13. Since the broadcast of the last World Cup in 2010, the number of Americans who have watched, attended, or listened to a major soccer match has increased by 32%. If most of your employees start streaming the games or highlights simultaneously, can your Internet bandwidth sustain the demand? 42% of IT professionals state that popular events impact their network. How many simultaneous users watching game highlights does it take to saturate your bandwidth? Just 2 streaming users result in a 1 megabit-per-second download, while 17 users equal a huge 10 megabits per second. The Internet bandwidth is quickly overwhelmed. Given the time difference with Brazil, most of the 64 matches will be played during U.S. office hours, and streaming video could deal a major blow to corporate network and application performance. When the first match of the day kicks off, smartphones, tablets, and laptops will be streaming footage live from offices around the U.S.

In addition to the major spike in bandwidth usage, World Cup 2014 malware sites are out there! According to a recent survey from Osterman research, some kind of malware has infiltrated 74% of organizations via the Web increasing security risks. Another major revenue loss for companies is lost productivity. The World Cup 2014 is 27 days, 66 matches, and a total of 99 hours average wages lost per hour each day.

Wavecrest’s Cyfin and CyBlock products and services help all types of organizations manage and control employee Web activity.Cyfin and CyBlock products do this by monitoring, filtering, and bandwidth throttling employees’ Web use, and reporting on the activity by content categories, e.g., sports, social networking, games, and others. Of particular note, with regard to the World Cup, CyBlock products can be set up to block Web access by categories and by half hour so employees can access sports sites on their lunch break or after hours. This approach can help sustain morale while minimizing lost productivity and bandwidth associated with the World Cup.

Cyfin Syslog Server is Now Available

May 29th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the release of the Cyfin Syslog Server. This new feature allows our customers to send syslog data directly to Cyfin. Previously, customers would have to install and configure a third-party syslog server. This new feature will streamline the setup process and simplify administration for our customers. There is no limit to the number of configured syslog servers, and each syslog server can be set to receive syslog data from different firewalls, proxies, and gateway devices simultaneously. Cyfin will then aggregate the data across all the configured syslog devices and generate a single report that contains all the information you are looking for in an easy-to-read actionable format.

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  • Astaro Security
  • Barracuda Networks
  • Bloxx Proxy
  • EdgeWave iPrism
  • FortiGate
  • NETGEAR
  • Palo Alto Firewall
  • SonicWALL Security Appliance
  • St. Bernard iPrism Syslog
  • WatchGuard Firebox (Syslog)

If you don’t see your device listed, please contact us or upload a sample log and we can quickly add it to our supported list.

If you are at version 9.0.5, you can upgrade to the latest release by going to the Help – Check for Updates screen in your product.

If you are not at version 9.0.5, you can download the latest release by going to Cyfin Downloads.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact us.

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.0 Now Available

May 21st, 2014

new-releaseWe are pleased to announce the release of a new version of CyBlock Appliance, CyBlock Cloud, CyBlock Software, and Cyfin. In this release, you will find corrections as well as enhancements to the products. For CyBlock, several enhancements have been added including the Application Controls feature that allows your users to view only specific YouTube videos and the new Authentication Manager that lets you to set up cookie authentication. Here are highlights of some of the enhancements.

 

CyBlock Cloud

  • Dashboard Charts. The following features have been added:
    • A Home screen provides an overview of the organization’s Web use for the last 7 days by displaying charts of Web-use visits, top users, top categories, and bandwidth usage.
    • Top charts show the top users, groups, categories, and sites by visits, hits, or bytes for a selected time frame.
    • Trend charts provide trends on users, groups, and categories by visits, hits, or bytes for a selected time frame as well as trends on denied and allowed hits traffic.

 Cyfin

  • Wavecrest Syslog Server. The Wavecrest Syslog Server is now available and allows you to send syslog data to the server at a configured port. Previously, you would have to install and configure a syslog daemon. Go to Data Management – Log Data Source – Setup to create or modify your syslog log file configuration. You will be able to enable the syslog server, select a port type, and enter a listening port.

 

CyBlock Appliance, CyBlock Cloud, and CyBlock Software

  • Application Controls. This new page gives you the ability to allow only specific YouTube videos. You can associate an allowed YouTube video with your blocking policies for Web Categories in which TV/Video Streaming is blocked. A number of video ID formats are accepted.
  • Authentication Manager. This includes the following changes:
    • Cookie authentication is now available providing you with another type of proxy authentication to support your organization.
    • The new Authentication Manager screen consists of the following tabs:
      • Rules – Rules for various network definitions can be set up to specify the authentication type for each entry. These entries include an individual IP address, a range of IP addresses, and a host name.
      • NTLM – On this tab, you specify if Web applications that fail to authenticate will be automatically or manually bypassed.
      • Cookie – On this tab, you define how long the cookie will persist if using cookie authentication. You can also specify and preview the details of your cookie authentication logon page.
      • Bypass – This tab allows you to automatically or manually bypass Web applications that do not authenticate and is available in CyBlock Appliance and CyBlock Software only.
      • Cache – This tab allows you to set up login name caching to cache the user name and IP address of every authenticated user and is available in CyBlock Appliance and CyBlock Software only.
  • E-Mail Address for Cookie Authentication. An E-Mail Address field has been added on the following pages and applies to only IDs:
    • Add Group or ID – The e-mail address for an ID must be added to use cookie authentication.
    • Modify Group or ID – The e-mail address may be modified for an ID.
    • Search for an ID – The e-mail address is display only.
  • Cookie Authentication Logon. The following features have been added:
    • When cookie authentication is enabled and a user tries to access a Web site, a logon page is displayed that will allow users to create an account.
    • When entering their credentials (i.e., e-mail address and password), you can require users to agree to the AUP before continuing on by configuring this option on the Authentication Manager – Cookie tab.
    • Once credentials are entered, the user will be redirected to the Web site.
  • Real-Time Web Monitor. This includes the following changes:
    • In the setup screen and monitor, under Display Options, the Authentication Type check box allows you to see the type of proxy authentication next to the user name in the monitor (e.g., user(cookie)). This feature is helpful for Technical Support.

 CyBlock Cloud, CyBlock Software, and Cyfin

  • Filtering Audit Reports. The ability to filter data by user, IP address, category, search term, and URL has been added to audit reports.

 To see the full release notes for your product, visit our Web site or the new Wavecrest Knowledge Base.

If you are at version 9.0.5, you can upgrade to the latest release by going to the Help – Check for Updates screen in your product.

If you are not at version 9.0.5, you can download the latest release by going to CyBlock Software Downloads or Cyfin Downloads. To upgrade CyBlock Appliance, please contact Technical Support at (321) 953-5351, Ext. 4 or support@wavecrest.net.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Forrester’s latest report says that the SaaS market will hit $131 billion by 2020.

May 14th, 2014

SaaSAre you ready to take advantage of the boom in the SaaS market? Have you thought about reselling cloud services? Or have you already started the transition into the managed service resale model? Wavecrest wants to help make this transition as simple and streamlined as possible.  We will provide you with all the tools you need to succeed. You can start selling our cloud service immediately with minimal investment and no binding contract.

Wavecrest understands the service model and the complexities behind selling SaaS solutions. Having a range of services that can be sold independently or in a bundle is key to generating a stable and recurring source of revenue. Web Security as a service is integral to any MSP’s offerings. That is why we have streamlined our ordering and licensing process. Furthermore, we have developed a simple to manage and provision service to ensure you maintain your profit margins!

Wavecrest Computing’s industry leading Web security solution, CyBlock, is a mature, robust and feature rich solution. CyBlock is now available as a cloud-based security service (SaaS) solution.  CyBlock Web Security services will protect your clients against Web based threats, lost productivity and mitigate legal issues associated with employee Web use. CyBlock Web Security service also provides bandwidth management.  This critical feature enables you to provide your clients with the highest quality of Service (QoS) by ensuring speed and reliability of mission-critical Web activity.

Let Wavecrest show you how selling the SaaS Web Access Security CyBlock Cloud will have a rapid and positive impact on your MSP business!

Find out more detail on our MSP partner page or send us your information on our partner form and we will contact you!

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877-442-9346 (U.S. and Canada) Ext. 3

E-Mail:

partner@wavecrest.net

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