We employ content filtering through FortiGuard, a product of Fortinet, our firewall vendor. FortiGuard puts web content into one of dozens of categories. Those categories are further grouped into six labels:
- Adult/Mature Content
- Bandwidth Consuming
- General Interest - Business
- General Interest - Personal
- Potentially Liable
- Security Risk
These are our three campus networks, along with which content is blocked in each:
- wired: Security Risk
- wireless, snc: Security Risk
- wireless, sncguest: Security Risk, Adult/Mature Content, Potentially Liable
We also monitor and log much of our traffic (both wired and wireless) for possible future use in troubleshooting.
The above-mentioned block lists are maintained by security experts and law enforcement officials. If a web site or resource is on such a list, it will be blocked not only here at SNC, but also at any other company who subscribes to filtering services like this.
There are two perspectives on what can be done about a specific web site that is blocked:
- If you're using the St. Norbert College network and you wish to visit a site that is on a blocked list, you'll have to do so using another network (wifi hotspot, coffee shop wifi, cellular network on your phone, etc). Due to the fact that inappropriate activity has been detected, we certainly don't recommend using the blocked web site via any means. And since we must protect our network, we won't white list sites or remove specific blocks. But using another network is your only option.
- If a web site owner wishes to investigate further as to how they got on such a list (or how to get off the list), the first thing to understand is that if your site is on a blocked list, it is not only blocked here at St. Norbert College, but also by every other company in the world who uses services like this. Our best suggestion is to see the FortiGuard FAQ for more information.