CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.6 Now Available

April 13th, 2015

In Release 9.1.6, we are pleased to provide our CyBlock Appliance customers with on-box logging and reporting. Customers can now save log files locally and run reports from these logs. Adding this feature offers an all-in-one solution of Web security and comprehensive reporting.

For CyBlock Software and Cyfin, the release contains the Audit Data Export that allows you to export the details of users’ Web activity. Another enhancement for CyBlock is the Log File Download that downloads log files to a location of your choice. Current cloud customers should contact Sales to have this feature enabled. These and other enhancements are highlighted below.

  • Local Logging and Reporting in CyBlock Appliance. The following features have been added:
    • The ability to store log files locally and run reports from these log files has been added. While local logging is the default, remote logging and reporting on Cyfin is still available.
    • The Data Management menu includes the screens for viewing, revalidating, and downloading log file data. The screen for enabling the Report Database is in this menu as well as the screens for importing, viewing, and deleting the data.
    • The Reports menu covers creating different types of reports, running Dashboard Top and Trend charts, and viewing sample reports.
    • In the Settings menu, the Report Options page allows you to set the visit filter, advanced options, maximum IDs, and language for reporting.
  • Audit Data Export. The following features have been added:
    • You can now export the details of users’ Web activity in one or more categories that you select.
    • The export is available in CSV file format which can be used in external applications, such as spreadsheets, report generators, relational databases.
  • Log File Download. The following features have been added:
    • The ability to download raw log files to a location of your choice has been added. You may select a single day or a range of days.
    • The log files will be compressed and combined into a ZIP file.
  • End User License Agreement. The following features have been added:
    • The License Agreement has been removed from the product installer and added to the product interface.
    • The End User License Agreement page allows you to accept and print the License Agreement. You will not be able to use the product until the License Agreement has been accepted.
  • Secure Browser Interface. The following features have been added:
    • The ability to create a secure connection (HTTPS) to your browser interface has been added for customers.
    • The Secure Browser Interface page allows you to enable HTTP and/or HTTPS communication. HTTP is enabled by default.
  • MSP Partner Portal. The portal has been updated to display the following usage statistics and feature indicators:
    • Bandwidth used for the month.
    • Highest number of daily monitored users for the month and the date on which this occurred.
    • Amount of disk storage used for reporting.
    • Percentage of storage used based on the reporting storage option set in your customer account.
    • Log File Download status icon.
    • Dashboard Import status icon.

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.

Proactively synchronize your organization’s internal AD with CyBlock Directory Agent.

March 23rd, 2015

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Changes in your Active Directory (AD) can happen often, and randomly. Whether it is due to changes in a group or an update to the status of an employee, having your workforce change can be a critical security concern if not addressed immediately. Wavecrest CyBlock Cloud customers can now import and schedule automatic updates for any changes to your organization’s AD Groups and IDs, using the CyBlock Directory Agent. There is no need to manually recreate groups and IDs for the cloud service. The features also include a configuration wizard for easy AD setup, the ability to add only new data from AD or replace all groups and IDs, and the ability to view your list of groups and IDs to verify the imported grouping structure. Configuration is easy to implement, and confirmation e-mails are sent to verify the import. With CyBlock Directory Agent, you will know that your changes have been synced, per your schedule or manually at any time, with your CyBlock Cloud account.

CyBlock Cloud Web Security Solution provides comprehensive Web controls, threat protection, reporting, bandwidth management, and more — all in a deployment requiring no hardware or software to buy and install, and no maintenance. Find out more about all the Web Security product lines at Wavecrest Computing.

 

Into the Madness of March…brackets, bandwidth, malware, and all.

March 17th, 2015

BracketMarch Madness begins on March 17th this year. We all know that employees check out highlights or even stream a whole game. According to Turner Sports’ Will Funk’s interview with AdWeek,Turner did 70 million live streams on broadband and mobile during March Madness 2014. That is a lot of streaming. With all the streaming and new apps that are out since last year, 2015 will likely set another record.

This year, have the choice to allow your employees some freedom to watch and enjoy! CyBlock Web Security Solutions will help protect your business, blocking sites known for malware and proactively controlling bandwidth consumption, while allowing responsible viewing.

With Wavecrest’s Bandwidth Management in CyBlock, there are numerous ways to be able to control access when you need to. With Real-Time Data Usage Monitoring, you will be able to easily view current data usage for the entire enterprise, detect unexpected spikes that could indicate excessive data use, or just observe the last 5, 10, or 15 minutes of real-time updates.

You can also make sure the critical business operations remain functioning efficiently, even during the games, by using the Bandwidth Throttling features. Be more restrictive as the noncritical usage gets higher by setting one of the automatically triggered, higher-usage policy thresholds to throttle more or even block. E-mail alerts will keep you informed wherever you are. Once a policy is activated, policy-specific traffic is throttled or blocked, allowing business-critical applications (VoIP, CRM, etc.) to continue operating as needed.

Don’t forget about protecting your company from malware. March Madness search results have had a history of being known for malware in past years, and this year will likely be no different. As your employees search for brackets or results, CyBlock blocks traffic to the constantly growing number of sites that generate and/or promote malware. Keep out viruses, Trojan horses, phishing attacks, and more.

March Madness has become a way of life. Decide how your company will handle the traffic and proactively prepare for it by letting CyBlock help protect and secure your business and your employees. Find out more about all the Web Security product lines at Wavecrest Computing.

 

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.5 Now Available

February 24th, 2015

Release 9.1.5 provides CyBlock Cloud customers with CyBlock Directory Agent, an easy-to-manage directory synchronization tool. CyBlock Directory Agent synchronizes internal Active Directory data with CyBlock Cloud updating the groups and IDs information required by the cloud service. There is no need to manually recreate groups and IDs for your cloud service. Current cloud customers should contact Sales to have this module enabled.

The release also contains updates to the MSP Partner Portal to include the new Directory Agent module. Another enhancement is the ability to create a white list and a black list in the same category policy. The enhancements are highlighted below.

  • CyBlock Directory Agent. The following features have been added:
    • The User Management pages allow you to manage how you would like to import AD groups and IDs, create an AD configuration, and import users from AD.
    • The System Status pages show product communication and event information which is used by Technical Support for troubleshooting purposes.
    • The Settings pages allow you to restart the service for the product as well as pair your Directory Agent installation with your cloud account by entering an access key.
    • The Help menu contains product documentation, Support pages, product updates, and contact information.
    • You will receive e-mail notifications on the availability of an access key or a newly generated access key, and the status of a manual or scheduled AD import.
  • MSP Partner Portal. The following features have been added:
    • The Home Page shows a status icon for the CyBlock Directory Agent module.
    • When viewing the details of a customer, a new D Agent tab displays the status of the Directory Agent module, pairing status, communication port, and access key.
    • You will receive e-mail notifications on the availability of a newly generated access key for Directory Agent and the status of a manual or scheduled AD import.
  • White List/Black List. The ability to create a white list as well as a black list in the same Web category policy is now available. You may enter and save both allowed and blocked URLs.

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.

Keep employees productive and secure while working from mobile devices.

February 24th, 2015

Many times mobile devices are the primary, or only, organizational interface for an employee. With this evolving mobile business environment, it has become critical to protect both the company and the employee. With CyBlock Mobile Security Browser App v2.0, a companion to the easy-to-implement CyBlock Cloud Web Security Solution, you will enable your employees to work efficiently and securely while accessing the Internet on their mobile devices. Easily enforce your company’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on iOS devices by defining one or more Web-use policies to successfully address Web security threats, Internet abuse, legal liability, and workforce productivity.

CyBlock Mobile Security Browser App’s Version 2.0 adds many exciting enhancements, such as support for iPhone 6/6 Plus, customizable Web blocking messages, and connection status alerts. Easily enforce your company’s AUP on iOS devices. Learn more about Wavecrest products: https://www.wavecrest.net/

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Keep Mission-Critical Applications Running Smoothly

February 17th, 2015

bandwdithKeep mission-critical applications running smoothly with Bandwidth Management in CyBlock Cloud, including Wavecrest’s exclusive Web content category level throttling or blocking capability.

Even with corporate Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs), the majority of an organization’s Web traffic is often operating unchecked, opening the entire network up to bandwidth hogs, productivity-draining activity, and security risks. With Bandwidth Management in CyBlock Cloud, easily create user-defined policies and configure multiple-usage thresholds to dynamically trigger caps.

As a business that understands the necessity, or just desirability, of employees’ access to the Internet, do you worry about when there is too much nonessential Web activity? Maybe Facebook or Pandora is clogging your bandwidth? Wavecrest has the solution that can help specifically target and throttle Web content category-based traffic, such as social networking or audio streaming. With Bandwidth Management in CyBlock, gain the ability to allow access, but be more restrictive as the usage gets higher by setting one of your higher usage thresholds to throttle more or completely block nonessential categories or user groups.  Set e-mail alerts to keep you informed wherever you are, knowing that your defined policies are automatically triggered and proactively taking care of the issue. Once a policy is activated, policy-specific traffic is throttled or blocked, allowing business-critical applications (VoIP, CRM, etc.) to continue operating as needed.

Now including Bandwidth Management, CyBlock Cloud provides comprehensive Web controls, threat protection, reporting, simplified management, and more — all in a deployment requiring no hardware or software to buy and install, and no maintenance.

 

Wavecrest has a solution for virtually every configuration. Learn more:https://www.wavecrest.net/

 

Site Audit Summary

February 11th, 2015

Finding that Pandora or ESPN tend to show up consistently in your employee Internet access reports? Which specific employees are using these sites the most? With Wavecrest Computing’s Site Audit Summary Report, we provide you with the flexibility to see who the most active users are, giving you another tool to quickly access the information you need. Now available in our CyBlock Software, CyBlock Cloud, and Cyfin products, the Site Audit Summary Report lists the users with the highest volume of activity when visiting a particular site. This report can be run to summarize more than one site and shows the total number of visits made by the user, hourly total visits, and hourly total kilobytes read. This information can be used for such purposes as setting a bandwidth or filtering policy (CyBlock), revising your AUP, or personnel appraisals.

Wavecrest has a solution for virtually every configuration. Learn more: https://www.wavecrest.net/

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CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.4 Now Available

January 30th, 2015

In Release 9.1.4, we are excited to provide our CyBlock Cloud customers with our Bandwidth Management feature that enables IT administrators to throttle bandwidth at the Web content category level. This feature targets noncritical Web traffic and keeps your mission-critical Web traffic flowing. The release also includes the addition of the Site Audit Summary report as well as many enhancements to CyBlock App for iOS. The enhancements are highlighted below.

  • Bandwidth Management in CyBlock Cloud. The following features have been added:
    • The Throttling Policy Configuration page allows you to implement a restriction policy when enterprise bandwidth consumption exceeds a preestablished threshold.
      • You can create, edit, and delete policies based on categories or groups.
      • When exceeded, your user-defined thresholds activate your policies and trigger alerts.
      • Cap limits can be added to throttle bandwidth for noncritical categories or groups. They can also be used to block nonessential categories when a threshold is exceeded.
    • The Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor page provides current bandwidth usage data for the enterprise. When a bandwidth throttling policy is activated, an alert with the policy name and its associated threshold will be shown.
    • An e-mail notification will automatically be sent to the administrator for each bandwidth throttling policy activated.
  • Site Audit Summary. This report lists the top users in your organization who visited a particular site. The report can be run for more than one site and shows the total number of visits made by the user, hourly total visits, and hourly total kilobytes read.
  • CyBlock App for iOS. The following features have been added:
    • The App is now compatible with iOS 8 and works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    • The user interface has been updated to match the iOS 8 UI for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
    • The Web blocking message and blocked extension messages have been added to the App.
    • The ability to perform a search from the search bar has been added. The App will use Google to search for the text that you enter.

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.

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.3 Now Available

December 17th, 2014

Release 9.1.3 provides our CyBlock Cloud customers with information on their disk storage usage, bandwidth usage, highest number of daily monitored users, and the date on which this occurred. The enhancement is described below.

  • Usage Statistics. The following features have been added:
    • On the Home page, a Usage Statistics section provides customers with usage information, such as their disk storage and bandwidth usage.
    • The Storage field indicates the amount of disk storage used as well as the percentage used based on the reporting storage option set in your customer account.
    • The Bandwidth field shows the amount of bandwidth used for the month.
    • The Peak Users field shows the highest number of daily monitored users for the month and the date on which this occurred.
    • If your storage usage percentage exceeds 90%, a warning will be displayed indicating that usage is critical and to contact Sales.
    • All bandwidth and monitored users data is calculated monthly and is reset at midnight on the first of the month.

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.

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.