Guest

Cisco Web Security Appliance

Cisco Web Usage Control Filtering Categories Data Sheet

  • Viewing Options

  • PDF (481.2 KB)
  • Feedback

Rich Acceptable Use Control for the Enterprise

Cisco® Web Usage Controls, available on Cisco S-Series web security appliances, provide the most advanced solution for URL categorization with industry leading efficacy. These controls offer best-of-breed coverage for traditional web content with real-time categorization for previously unseen content on the Internet. Additionally, they enable exceptional coverage for dynamic Web 2.0 content—including blogs, social networks, and other limited-access content not visible to web crawlers. The real-time categorization feature is powered by the Cisco Dynamic Content Analysis Engine, which provides exceptional coverage for objectionable content. Compared to legacy URL filtering solutions, Cisco Web Usage Controls improve identification of objectionable content by over 50 percent.

The Cisco Difference

The Cisco Web Security Appliance, powered by Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO), is a best-of-breed secure web gateway that provides unmatched security, control and reporting for the web traffic at organizations of all sizes. It extends web security to remote and mobile users, including tablets and smartphones with the Cisco AnyConnect® Secure Mobility Client.

Categories

Cisco constantly evaluates the relevance of sites within a particular category to ensure the industry’s highest accuracy. The following table contains an alphabetical listing and descriptions of the standard categories used to classify websites.

Category

Abbreviation

Code

Description

Example URLs

Adult

adlt

1006

Directed at adults, but not necessarily pornographic. May include adult clubs (strip clubs, swingers clubs, escort services, strippers); general information about sex, non-pornographic in nature; genital piercing; adult products or greeting cards; information about sex not in the context of health or disease.

www.adultentertainmentexpo.com

www.adultnetline.com

Advertisements

adv

1027

Banner and pop-up advertisements that often accompany a web page; other advertising websites that provide advertisement content. Advertising services and sales are classified as “Business and Industry.”

www.adforce.com

www.doubleclick.com

Alcohol

alc

1077

Alcohol as a pleasurable activity; beer and wine making, cocktail recipes; liquor sellers, wineries, vineyards, breweries, alcohol distributors. Alcohol addiction is classified as “Health and Nutrition.” Bars and restaurants are classified as “Dining and Drinking.”

www.samueladams.com

www.whisky.com

Arts

art

1002

Galleries and exhibitions; artists and art; photography; literature and books; performing arts and theater; musicals; ballet; museums; design; architecture. Cinema and television are classified as “Entertainment.”

www.moma.org

www.nga.gov

Astrology

astr

1074

Astrology; horoscope; fortune telling; numerology; psychic advice; tarot.

www.astro.com

www.astrology.com

Auctions

auct

1088

Online and offline auctions, auction houses, and classified advertisements.

www.craigslist.com

www.ebay.com

Business and Industry

busi

1019

Marketing, commerce, corporations, business practices, workforce, human resources, transportation, payroll, security and venture capital; office supplies; industrial equipment (process equipment), machines and mechanical systems; heating equipment, cooling equipment; materials handling equipment; packaging equipment; manufacturing: solids handling, metal fabrication, construction and building; passenger transportation; commerce; industrial design; construction, building materials; shipping and freight (freight services, trucking, freight forwarders, truckload carriers, freight and transportation brokers, expedited services, load and freight matching, track and trace, rail shipping, ocean shipping, road feeder services, moving and storage).

www.freightcenter.com

www.staples.com

Chat and Instant Messaging

chat

1040

Web-based instant messaging and chat rooms.

www.icq.com

www.meebo.com

Cheating and Plagiarism

plag

1051

Promoting cheating and selling written work, such as term papers, for plagiarism.

www.bestessays.com

www.superiorpapers.com

Child Abuse Content

cprn

1064

Worldwide illegal child sexual abuse content. Without exception, Cisco blocks child abuse content for all customers, and for legal reasons keeps no logs. This category is never displayed.

Computer Security

csec

1065

Offering security products and services for corporate and home users.

www.computersecurity.com

www.symantec.com

Computers and Internet

comp

1003

Information about computers and software, such as hardware, software, software support; information for software engineers, programming and networking; website design; the web and Internet in general; computer science; computer graphics and clipart. “Freeware and Shareware” is a separate category.

www.xml.com

www.w3.org

Dating

date

1055

Dating, online personals, matrimonial agencies.

www.eharmony.com

www.match.com

Digital Postcards

card

1082

Enabling sending of digital postcards and e-cards.

www.all-yours.net

www.delivr.net

Dining and Drinking

food

1061

Eating and drinking establishments; restaurants, bars, taverns, and pubs; restaurant guides and reviews.

www.hideawaybrewpub.com

www.restaurantrow.com

Dynamic and Residential

dyn

1091

IP addresses of broadband links that usually indicates users attempting to access their home network, for example for a remote session to a home computer.

109.60.192.55

dynalink.co.jp

ipadsl.net

Education

edu

1001

Education-related, such as schools, colleges, universities, teaching materials, and teachers’ resources; technical and vocational training; online training; education issues and policies; financial aid; school funding; standards and testing.

www.education.com

www.greatschools.org

Entertainment

ent

1093

Details or discussion of films; music and bands; television; celebrities and fan websites; entertainment news; celebrity gossip; entertainment venues. Compare with the “Arts” category.

www.eonline.com

www.ew.com

Extreme

extr

1075

Material of a sexually violent or criminal nature; violence and violent behavior; tasteless, often gory photographs, such as autopsy photos; photos of crime scenes, crime and accident victims; excessive obscene material; shock websites.

www.car-accidents.com

www.crime-scene-photos.com

Fashion

fash

1076

Clothing and fashion; hair salons; cosmetics; accessories; jewelry; perfume; pictures and text relating to body modification; tattoos and piercing; modeling agencies. Dermatological products are classified as “Health and Nutrition.”

www.fashion.net

www.findabeautysalon.com

File Transfer Services

fts

1071

File transfer services with the primary purpose of providing download services and hosted file sharing

www.rapidshare.com

www.yousendit.com

Filter Avoidance

filt

1025

Promoting and aiding undetectable and anonymous web usage, including cgi, php and glype anonymous proxy services.

www.bypassschoolfilter.com

www.filterbypass.com

Finance

fnnc

1015

Primarily financial in nature, such as accounting practices and accountants, taxation, taxes, banking, insurance, investing, the national economy, personal finance involving insurance of all types, credit cards, retirement and estate planning, loans, mortgages. Stock and shares are classified as “Online Trading.”

www.finance.yahoo.com

www.bankofamerica.com

Freeware and Shareware

free

1068

Providing downloads of free and shareware software.

www.freewarehome.com

www.shareware.com

Gambling

gamb

1049

Casinos and online gambling; bookmakers and odds; gambling advice; competitive racing in a gambling context; sports booking; sports gambling; services for spread betting on stocks and shares. Websites dealing with gambling addiction are classified as “Health and Nutrition.” Government-run lotteries are classified as “Lotteries”.

www.888.com

www.gambling.com

Games

game

1007

Various card games, board games, word games, and video games; combat games; sports games; downloadable games; game reviews; cheat sheets; computer games and Internet games, such as role-playing games.

www.games.com

www.shockwave.com

Government and Law

gov

1011

Government websites; foreign relations; news and information relating to government and elections; information relating to the field of law, such as attorneys, law firms, law publications, legal reference material, courts, dockets, and legal associations; legislation and court decisions; civil rights issues; immigration; patents and copyrights; information relating to law enforcement and correctional systems; crime reporting, law enforcement, and crime statistics; military, such as the armed forces, military bases, military organizations; anti-terrorism.

www.usa.gov

www.law.com

Hacking

hack

1050

Discussing ways to bypass the security of websites, software, and computers.

www.hackthissite.org

www.gohacking.com

Hate Speech

hate

1016

Websites promoting hatred, intolerance, or discrimination on the basis of social group, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity; sites promoting racism; sexism; racist theology; hate music; neo-Nazi organizations; supremacism; Holocaust denial.

www.kkk.com

www.nazi.org

Health and Nutrition

hlth

1009

Health care; diseases and disabilities; medical care; hospitals; doctors; medicinal drugs; mental health; psychiatry; pharmacology; exercise and fitness; physical disabilities; vitamins and supplements; sex in the context of health (disease and health care); tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, and gambling in the context of health (disease and health care); food in general; food and beverage; cooking and recipes; food and nutrition, health, and dieting; cooking, including recipe and culinary websites; alternative medicine.

www.health.com

www.webmd.com

Humor

lol

1079

Jokes, sketches, comics and other humorous content. Adult humor likely to offend is classified as “Adult.”

www.humor.com

www.jokes.com

Illegal Activities

ilac

1022

Promoting crime, such as stealing, fraud, illegally accessing telephone networks; computer viruses; terrorism, bombs, and anarchy; websites depicting murder and suicide as well as explaining ways to commit them.

www.ekran.no

www.thedisease.net

Illegal Downloads

ildl

1084

Providing the ability to download software or other materials, serial numbers, key generators, and tools for bypassing software protection in violation of copyright agreements. Torrents are classified as “Peer File Transfer.”

www.keygenguru.com

www.zcrack.com

Illegal Drugs

drug

1047

Information about recreational drugs, drug paraphernalia, drug purchase and manufacture.

www.cocaine.org

www.hightimes.com

Infrastructure and Content Delivery Networks

infr

1018

Content delivery infrastructure and dynamically generated content; websites that cannot be classified more specifically because they are secured or otherwise difficult to classify.

www.akamai.net

www.webstat.net

Internet Telephony

voip

1067

Telephonic services using the Internet.

www.evaphone.com

www.skype.com

Job Search

job

1004

Career advice; resume writing and interviewing skills; job placement services; job databanks; permanent and temporary employment agencies; employer websites.

www.careerbuilder.com

www.monster.com

Lingerie and Swimsuits

ling

1031

Intimate apparel and swimwear, especially when modeled.

www.swimsuits.com

www.victoriassecret.com

Lotteries

lotr

1034

Sweepstakes, contests and state-sponsored lotteries.

www.calottery.com

www.flalottery.com

Mobile Phones

cell

1070

Short Message Services (SMS); ringtones and mobile phone downloads. Cellular carrier websites are included in the “Business and Industry” category.

www.cbfsms.com

www.zedge.net

Nature

natr

1013

Natural resources; ecology and conservation; forests; wilderness; plants; flowers; forest conservation; forest, wilderness, and forestry practices; forest management (reforestation, forest protection, conservation, harvesting, forest health, thinning, and prescribed burning); agricultural practices (agriculture, gardening, horticulture, landscaping, planting, weed control, irrigation, pruning, and harvesting); pollution issues (air quality, hazardous waste, pollution prevention, recycling, waste management, water quality, and the environmental cleanup industry); animals, pets, livestock, and zoology; biology; botany.

www.enature.com

www.nature.org

News

news

1058

News; headlines; newspapers; television stations; magazines; weather; ski conditions.

www.cnn.com

news.bbc.co.uk

Non-Governmental Organizations

ngo

1087

Non-governmental organizations such as clubs, lobbies, communities, non-profit organizations and labor unions.

www.panda.org

www.unions.org

Non-Sexual Nudity

nsn

1060

Nudism and nudity; naturism; nudist camps; artistic nudes.

www.artenuda.com

www.naturistsociety.com

Online Communities

comm

1024

Affinity groups; special interest groups; web newsgroups; message boards. Excludes websites classified as “Professional Networking” or “Social Networking.”

www.igda.org

www.ieee.org

Online Storage and Backup

osb

1066

Offsite and peer-to-peer storage for backup, sharing, and hosting.

www.adrive.com

www.dropbox.com

Online Trading

trad

1028

Online brokerages; websites that enable the user to trade stocks online; information relating to the stock market, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, brokers, stock analysis and commentary, stock screens, stock charts, IPOs, stock splits. Services for spread betting on stocks and shares are classified as “Gambling.” Other financial services are classified as “Finance."

www.tdameritrade.com

www.scottrade.com

Organizational Email

pem

1085

Websites used to access business email (often via Outlook Web Access).

Parked Domains

park

1092

Websites that monetize traffic from the domain using paid listings from an ad network, or are owned by “squatters” hoping to sell the domain name for a profit. These also include fake search websites which return paid ad links.

www.domainzaar.com

www.parked.com

Peer File Transfer

p2p

1056

Peer-to-peer file request websites. This does not track the file transfers themselves.

www.bittorrent.com

www.limewire.com

Personal Sites

pers

1081

Websites about and from private individuals; personal homepage servers; websites with personal contents; personal blogs with no particular theme.

www.karymullis.com

http://www.stallman.org

Photo Searches and Images

img

1090

Facilitating the storing and searching for, images, photographs, and clip-art.

www.flickr.com

www.photobucket.com

Politics

pol

1083

Websites of politicians; political parties; news and information on politics, elections, democracy, and voting.

www.politics.com

http://www.thisnation.com

Pornography

porn

1054

Sexually explicit text or depictions. Includes explicit anime and cartoons; general explicit depictions; other fetish material; explicit chat rooms; sex simulators; strip poker; adult movies; lewd art; web-based explicit email.

www.redtube.com

www.youporn.com

Professional Networking

pnet

1089

Social networking for the purpose of career or professional development. See also “Social Networking.”

www.linkedin.com

www.europeanpwn.net

Real Estate

rest

1045

Information that would support the search for real estate; office and commercial space; real estate listings, such as rentals, apartments, and homes; house building.

www.realtor.com

www.zillow.com

Reference

ref

1017

City and state guides; maps, time; reference sources; dictionaries; libraries.

www.wikipedia.org

www.yellowpages.com

Religion

rel

1086

Religious content, information about religions; religious communities.

www.religionfacts.com

www.religioustolerance.org

SaaS and B2B

saas

1080

Web portals for online business services; online meetings.

www.netsuite.com

www.salesforce.com

Safe for Kids

kids

1057

Directed at, and specifically approved for, young children.

kids.discovery.com

www.nickjr.com

Science and Technology

sci

1012

Science and technology, such as aerospace, electronics, engineering, mathematics, and other similar subjects; space exploration; meteorology; geography; environment; energy (fossil, nuclear, renewable); communications (telephones, telecommunications).

www.physorg.com

www.science.gov

Search Engines and Portals

srch

1020

Search engines and other initial points of access to information on the Internet.

www.bing.com

www.google.com

Sex Education

sxed

1052

Factual websites dealing with sex; sexual health; contraception; pregnancy.

www.avert.org

www.scarleteen.com

Shopping

shop

1005

Bartering; online purchasing; coupons and free offers; general office supplies; online catalogs; online malls.

www.amazon.com

www.shopping.com

Social Networking

snet

1069

Social networking. See also “Professional Networking.”

www.facebook.com

www.twitter.com

Social Science

socs

1014

Sciences and history related to society; archaeology; anthropology; cultural studies; history; linguistics; geography; philosophy; psychology; women's studies.

www.archaeology.org

www.anthropology.net

Society and Culture

scty

1010

Family and relationships; ethnicity; social organizations; genealogy; seniors; child-care.

www.childcare.gov

www.familysearch.org

Software Updates

swup

1053

Websites that host updates for software packages.

www.softwarepatch.com

www.versiontracker.com

Sports and Recreation

sprt

1008

All sports, professional and amateur; recreational activities; fishing; fantasy sports; public parks; amusement parks; water parks; theme parks; zoos and aquariums; spas.

www.espn.com

www.recreation.gov

Streaming Audio

aud

1073

Real-time streaming audio content including Internet radio and audio feeds.

www.live-radio.net

www.shoutcast.com

Streaming Video

vid

1072

Real-time streaming video including Internet television, web casts, and video sharing.

www.hulu.com

www.youtube.com

Tobacco

tob

1078

Pro-tobacco websites; tobacco manufacturers; pipes and smoking products (not marketed for illegal drug use). Tobacco addiction is classified as “Health and Nutrition.”

www.bat.com

www.tobacco.org

Transportation

trns

1044

Personal transportation; information about cars and motorcycles; shopping for new and used cars and motorcycles; car clubs; boats, airplanes, recreational vehicles (RVs), and other similar items. Note, car and motorcycle racing is classified as “Sports and Recreation.”

www.cars.com

www.motorcycles.com

Travel

trvl

1046

Business and personal travel; travel information; travel resources; travel agents; vacation packages; cruises; lodging and accommodation; travel transportation; flight booking; airfares; car rental; vacation homes.

www.expedia.com

www.lonelyplanet.com

Unclassified

Websites which are not in the Cisco database are recorded as unclassified for reporting purposes. This may include mistyped URLs.

Weapons

weap

1036

Information relating to the purchase or use of conventional weapons such as gun sellers, gun auctions, gun classified ads, gun accessories, gun shows, and gun training; general information about guns; other weapons and graphic hunting sites may be included. Government military websites are classified as “Government and Law.”

www.coldsteel.com

www.gunbroker.com

Web Hosting

whst

1037

Website hosting; bandwidth services.

www.bluehost.com

www.godaddy.com

Web Page Translation

tran

1063

Translation of web pages between languages.

babelfish.yahoo.com

translate.google.com

Web-Based Email

mail

1038

Public web-based email services. Websites enabling individuals to access their company or organization’s email service are classified as “Organizational Email.”

mail.yahoo.com

www.hotmail.com

The categories and site categorization used by Cisco Web Usage Controls are subject to change without notice

Summary

Cisco delivers high-performance, acceptable use enforcement, helping organizations of all sizes control network usage, ensure compliance, and protect their brand and reputation. Cisco believes that a holistic solution for monitoring and enforcing security across all communication channels, including the web, is vital to ensure the integrity of an organization’s policies. Leadership within the Internet security market puts Cisco in the unique position to offer a simple, easy-to-deploy solution for this critical functionality.

Contact Us

Cisco sales representatives, channel partners, and system engineers are ready to help you evaluate how Cisco products can make your corporate network infrastructure secure, reliable, and easier to manage. If you believe that your organization could benefit from these industry-leading products, please call 1-866-428-9596 in the US or Canada or visit us on the web at http://www.cisco.com/go/websecurity