SonicWALL Firewall Reporting with WebSpy Vantage
SonicWALL firewalls provide a comprehensive layer of defence for your network combining by content filtering, anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-spyware, and intrusion prevention.
There are a range of reporting offerings from SonicWALL such as ViewPoint, Analyzer, and Scrutinizer which are great for viewing traffic flows and SonicWALL device performance.
User Web Reporting however is not easily accomplished with any of the SonicWALL reporting tools, and this is where WebSpy Vantage can help.
Analyzing SonicWALL Logs with WebSpy Vantage
10 Reasons to Use WebSpy Vantage to Report on SonicWALL Log Files
WebSpy’s software transforms the raw data in log files into manageable information, providing a transparent view over organizational Internet, email and network usage. The software can import and analyze more than 200 log formats from many different vendors. WebSpy’s solutions are unobtrusive, scalable and available in different ranges to suit any organizational size or budget.
In addition to SonicWALL logs, WebSpy Vantage can report on more than 200 log formats from different vendors. This means WebSpy users only need one application to achieve all reporting requirements, spending less on software maintenance, hardware and administration.
Logically Group Users & Sites
Using aliases such as Departments or Usernames, web traffic can be broken down into logical reporting units, which enables easier analysis of data. WebSpy Vantage easily Import user and department information from any LDAP compatible directory server using the “Import from LDAP” wizard (including Microsoft® Active Directory and Novell® eDirectory).
Investigate User Browsing Intent
WebSpy’s solutions are able to demonstrate browsing intent on websites. Analyze search terms, user sessions and resources downloaded to gain insights on ‘why’ users are browsing.
Customizable Website Categorization
WebSpy can analyze SonicWALL URL categories, as well as classify web sites based on a comprehensive set of customizable keywords. You can categorize your own sites easily by adding your own unique keywords based on content category (News, Entertainment, Adult) or appropriateness (Work Related, Non-work related).
Filter out Irrelevant Traffic
WebSpy’s solutions can filter data that may otherwise skew results. Pop-ups and website sub-domains that can affect the accuracy of browsing behavior can be easily filtered out or aliased, giving you a far more accurate picture of how the web is being used.
Policy Based Reporting
WebSpy’s solutions can selectively monitor and report based on your organization’s guidelines, ensuring privacy for compliant users. Through the use of exception based reporting, or queries such as “users with sessions longer than 30 minutes,” the solutions provide information on only those users who have breached the usage policy.
Flexible & Customizable Reporting
Choose from a comprehensive list of web, email, network and security reports or create your own custom report templates. Reports can be generated in HTML, Microsoft Word, CSV, Text formats or using a web module (see point 8 below). Create separate report documents for each user, department, date or any other logged item.
Securely Distribute Information & Responsibility
WebSpy’s solutions allow you to securely distribute and share information with other staff members. Using WebSpy Vantage Ultimate’s web module, you can securely distribute reports and storages to department managers, who then have the responsibility of enforcing acceptable usage within their team.
Reports can conveniently be automatically produced on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis using WebSpy’s automated task scheduling.
Powerful Drilldown Capabilities
WebSpy’s solutions are able to provide drilldown capabilities on all traffic, enabling detailed analysis and reporting.