Forcepoint URL Check

What is Forcepoint URL Check?

1. Introduction

With the proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, corporate networks are facing unprecedented security threats. Phishing sites and Trojan virus links can cause employees to inadvertently cause data theft or loss of company assets.

These sites and links come in many forms. Employees may unknowingly interact with them. As a result, hackers can steal sensitive data or individuals can lose valuable assets.

How to effectively block access to malicious URLs has become a concern for every corporate network security team. Forcepoint is a network security company.

They have a powerful URL checking tool. This tool can accurately identify dangerous websites. It can also create rules to prevent users from accessing them.

How Forcepoint URL checking works

At the heart of Forcepoint URL checking is a massive database of malicious URLs. Forcepoint security researchers use big data technology to continuously mine the latest malicious URLs, and to analyse and score content for risk. The database contains more than 10 million records of malicious URLs, covering ransomware, Trojans, phishing sites and other online threats.

Customers can enable the Forcepoint URL database for proxy filtering of traffic. If Forcepoint identifies a URL as high risk, it will either block it or issue an alert.

We make this decision based on established rules. The entire detection process takes milliseconds and does not impact network performance.

How to Use Forcepoint URL Inspection

Network administrators can enable URL inspection in the Web Security module of the Forcepoint Management Console. Select the URL databases to use and set access control rules, such as full blocking or logging only. You can also block dangerous URLs that are not in the database by adding them to a custom blacklist.

The department or user can set the URL scanning policy, which is very flexible and effective. Once enabled, the system automatically initiates network traffic scanning, significantly reducing security risks.

Forcepoint URL Inspection Typical Use Scenarios

Block C&C attack traffic: Forcepoint can quickly detect and block C&C servers by identifying their specific URL patterns in its database.

Prevent ransomware: Ransomware download addresses change frequently. Centrally blocking these URLs effectively prevents ransomware intrusion.

Control software downloads by setting up alerts or login prompts for specific file-sharing sites to prevent suspicious downloads.

Suggestions for operating and maintaining Forcepoint URL Checking

  • Regularly update the URL database to increase coverage of emerging threats.

  • Monitor the effectiveness of policy enforcement and adjust the policy to optimise protection.

  • Review access reports and analyse users' network usage habits.

In summary

Forcepoint URL inspection is comprehensive and practical, and can prevent many network security risks. We recommend using it as an integral part of a company's network security system. It provides reliable protection and convenience.