Wavecrest Computing announces CyBlock Hybrid’s new reporting features.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

 

Wavecrest Computing announces new reporting features are now available in the CyBlock Hybrid deployment. Reporting features, Real-Time Monitor and Dashboard Charts, can easily be accessed for both your CyBlock Cloud and local  CyBlock configurations. This enhancement allows the customer to easily monitor and develop reports on users, both local and remote.

Use Real-Time Monitor to see remote users’ current Web activity, or use Dashboard Charts to check on- or off-premises Web traffic trending by users, groups, categories, or denied and allowed traffic. Run a report for management or an audit that can include cloud, local, or all configurations. The new features proactively increase your administration capabilities while reducing the time you spend on Web management tasks.

The CyBlock Hybrid deployment is used when an on-site CyBlock installation is paired with CyBlock Cloud to provide coverage of remote users with the convenience of local administration for all users. Contact us for more information today!

Constantly improving, developing, and enhancing to make your Web security more efficient, Wavecrest Computing has been the recognized leader in Web Security Solutions for over 19 years. Wavecrest’s scalable filtering and forensic reporting analysis product lines, CyBlock and Cyfin, are designed to enable organizations to successfully address Internet abuse, legal liability, shadow IT, workforce productivity, malware, and many other Web security threats.

Cloud Hybrid Reporting
CyBlock Cloud – Hybrid Report

 

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.2.0 Now Available

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In Release 9.2.0, we are thrilled to announce the availability of reporting for your CyBlock Hybrid deployment. With this feature, you can monitor live Web traffic, run reports, and view Dashboard charts on your cloud users. Another CyBlock feature in this release is the ability to use Safe Search with YouTube to block adult content.

For Cyfin customers, log file detection is available to assist you in quickly creating a log file configuration. Cyfin will analyze your log files to determine the log file format for you. The enhancements are described below.

  • CyBlock Hybrid Reporting. The following features have been added:
    • When your local CyBlock installation is paired with your CyBlock Cloud account, the following occurs:
      • Cloud log files are imported nightly into the Report Database similar to your local logs.
      • Cloud log files are compressed when transferred.
      • A data configuration field is displayed on the following pages to allow you to view your cloud configuration, local CyBlock configuration, or all configurations if applicable.
        • Data Management – Log Data Source – Viewer
        • Data Management – Log Data Source – Revalidate
        • Data Management – Report Database – Import – Manual
        • Data Management – Report Database – Viewer
        • Data Management – Report Database – Delete – Manual
        • Real-Time Monitors – Web
        • Reports – Manager (all reports)
        • Reports – Dashboard (excluding Top Classifications, Top Coached, and Trend Classifications)
      • The cloud configuration is displayed as the pairing cloud server to which your local installation is connected, for example, cloud.cyblock.com.
    • Real-Time Web Monitor. The Real-Time Web Monitor displays the Web traffic of your cloud users. Messages are displayed if sync communication is temporarily stopped, your CyBlock installation and cloud account are unpaired, or the pairing cloud server is down for some reason.
    • Reports. Reports can be run to analyze the Web usage of your cloud users. Cloud reports are current as of the previous day. To get a report with the current day’s cloud data, you would need to perform a manual sync on the Settings – Hybrid screen, and then run the report. You can verify that cloud logs have been transferred by going to the Data Management – Log Data Source – Viewer screen.
    • Dashboard Charts. Dashboard charts show cloud Web activity for the top users, groups, categories, and sites, and provide trending for users, groups, categories, and denied and allowed traffic.
  • CyBlock Safe Search for YouTube. The ability to enable Safe Search for YouTube has been added. When Safe Search and SSL Inspection are enabled, adult content is blocked on YouTube regardless of its Restricted Mode setting.
  • Cyfin Log File Detection. The following features have been added:
    • On the Log Data Source Setup page, you have the option to manually select your log file type or have the system analyze your log files to detect the type.
    • If you choose “Analyze,” you can browse to locate a log file, and the analysis will display the closest matching log file types.
    • You can then select the log file type that is the closest match and continue the configuration process.
    • If no matching log file types are found, a link is displayed so that you can upload a sample log file to Technical Support for analysis.

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 9.1.8 Now Available

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Release 9.1.8 provides our CyBlock Cloud customers with the ability to create additional administrator accounts that can log on to CyBlock Cloud and access all of its features. You are provided with five additional logon accounts, but can request more logon accounts from Sales. In this release, CyBlock Appliance, CyBlock Software, and Cyfin logon accounts will be notified via e-mail when their password is reset or when it is changed. Also for these products, the file name of report e-mail attachments will be in the format selected in Report Options.

For Cyfin customers, the new Check Point Syslog log file configuration allows you to easily use our built-in syslog server to manage your syslog data. For all products, the product Help has been enhanced to open to the window-level topic for the screen when you click the Help link. These as well as other enhancements are highlighted below.

  • Additional Admin Accounts. The following features have been added:
    • The ability to create five additional admin accounts is now available in CyBlock Cloud. Current cloud customers should contact Sales to change this number if necessary.
    • The Create Logon Account page allows you to create an additional logon (admin) account by entering an e-mail address. The additional administrator will receive an e-mail to log on and change the temporary password assigned by the system.
    • The Delete Logon Account page allows you to delete a previously created logon account. It shows the e-mail addresses for only the additional logon accounts, not the admin e-mail address tied to your customer account.
    • Cloud logon accounts will be notified via e-mail when their password is reset or changed.
  • Resetting Your Password. On the Logon page, when you click the “Forgot password” link to reset your password, you will receive an e-mail with a temporary password. Use this password to log on and change the temporary password for your account.
  • Changing Your Password. When you change your password on the Change Your Password page, you will receive an e-mail notifying you that your password was changed recently. Users should contact their network administrator if they did not initiate this change.
  • Report File Name Format. The file name format specified on the Report Options page is applied to report file names if “E-Mail” is selected for the report delivery when creating reports. Zipped files will contain reports with friendly file names, but will retain the UUID.zip format.
  • Check Point Syslog Log File Configuration. The Check Point Syslog log file configuration has been added to the drop-down field on the Select Log File Type screen. After selecting “Check Point Syslog” and clicking Next, the subsequent screen allows you to use the Cyfin Syslog Server.
  • Product Help. The product Help is context-sensitive so that when a user clicks the Help link in the product, the Help system opens to the window-level topic for the screen.
  • Pairing Cloud Server. On the Hybrid or Directory Agent Configuration page, the new Cloud Server field displays the pairing cloud server to which your CyBlock installation is connected. You may change this server if instructed to do so by Technical Support.

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.

Raw log file download capability is now available for CyBlock Software, CyBlock Appliance, and CyBlock Cloud.

Monday, June 1st, 2015

bigdatakeyWavecrest keeps increasing and enhancing the capabilities of CyBlock to provide more efficiency and ease-of-use features–all so that you can concentrate more on your mission-critical operations. Our newest enhancement to CyBlock Software, CyBlock Appliance, and CyBlock Cloud allows you to download and view raw log files collected with CyBlock. Quickly downloaded through Data Management’s Log Data Source, it is stress-free to access your organization’s Internet-usage big data information. The log files are compressed and combined into a ZIP file to be downloaded to a location of your choice, for potential future use in forensic investigations, required log file storage, or per your enterprise’s employee security policy. Log file selections can be chosen for downloading one day or a range of days making it easy to focus on exactly what you need.

Raw log file download is just another way Wavecrest supports your need for easy access to detailed organizational Internet-usage security information, To find out more about Wavecrest and our Web Security Solutions, visit www.wavecrest.net.

The all-in-one, enterprise class, Web Security hardware solution

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The all-in-one, enterprise class, Web Security hardware solution, CyBlock Appliance, now available with local logging and reporting, can be easily paired with a CyBlock Cloud account as a Hybrid deployment, extending Web filtering and monitoring to your off-premises employees!

applianceLGet instant real-time information and proactive, reliable control over your network’s Internet users. CyBlock Appliance, the leading, turn-key, gateway appliance solution for Web-access Security, provides ease-of-use setup, configuration, and management at your fingertips! And now, you no longer have to worry about any remote logging that would require an external server or appliance. CyBlock Appliance now supports local logging and reporting!

The benefits of CyBlock Appliance are many, and your administrative choices are extensive. With minimal time and effort, the Appliance is up and running. Choose to use the Appliance as a proxy to monitor all your selected HTTP/S traffic, or inline, “transparent” to add the control and monitoring of P2P, torrents, IM, and e-mail, as well as public access Wi-Fi areas. Either configuration gives you granular controls, drill-down reporting, filtering, real-time monitoring, bandwidth throttling, as well as reducing risks of malware and data loss–your options are endless. CyBlock Appliance will proactively support all your organization’s Web-use needs fast and efficiently, without the need for constant administration.

Remote or mobile users? Safeguard all networks and employees in the organization. Add CyBlock Hybrid! Using CyBlock Appliance and CyBlock Cloud, the Hybrid deployment secures your additional remote and mobile employees so there is no need to route traffic back to the main office. All policies are managed from a single interface and sync automatically. Free up local server bandwidth and be assured that Web filtering for these users is occurring in the cloud with CyBlock Hybrid!

For more information, visit: Wavecrest Computing

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.6 Now Available

Monday, 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.

Cyber Monday is Quickly Approaching is Your Network Ready?

Monday, 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.

 

Filtering and Identifying Web Activity by User Name

Tuesday, 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 9.1.0 Now Available

Wednesday, 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.

Wavecrest is excited to unveil our new product knowledge base.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

This new knowledge base will provide immediate, 24/7 support to our global customer base. Customers will be able to quickly find the answers they are looking for. The knowledge base comes with an enhanced search tool that shows relevant results as you type, dramatically reducing the resolution time.

Our top-rated technical support staff will be continuously updating the knowledge base. Wavecrest’s technical support staff is committed to providing customers with the best possible product experience. This commitment to quality will ensure the knowledge base will always yield the highest quality results for our customers. Through the knowledge base, customers will also be able to access detailed product release notes, tech tips, and the Wavecrest blog.

Wavecrest is always striving to provide continuously improved, higher level customer support. We furnish our customers with more than just a ‘product’, we provide them with a long-term ‘package’ that combines a cost-effective product with free support services whose priority is equal to that of product design. These services are available during the free product evaluation period and remains throughout the product license term.

See what existing customers are saying about Wavecrest’s technical support team:

“The Wavecrest support engineers are always eager and responsive to assist with any technical challenges facing our network. They have truly made my support to our customer relatively seamless.” -David Scott, Lockheed Martin CITIC

“Any pre-sales questions we had were answered promptly, and Wavecrest’s technical support ranks in the top 5% of all technical support I have worked with in 29 years of being in IT.” -Karleen Carlson, IT Manager, Van Diest Supply Company

“I can’t say enough about the service we have received from Wavecrest in general. From the sales team working with us through the trial and purchase period, to the support team that has answered each of our ‘quirks’.” -Allen Lochamy, Atlanta Bonded Warehouse

“Wavecrest has the best support of any company out there. Their staff members are always courteous to work with and knowledgeable about their product – which is a rarity in this type of work.” -Chris Martin, A+ Computer Solutions

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