Benefits of Having a Content Filtering PolicyAs explained in our previous post that content filter is a program that help system administrators decide which content is acceptable for viewing and accessing. The content filters prevent people in the network from accessing certain types of material (content) on the internet. Content filters are majorly used by businesses and organization to block access non-work related websites including social networking websites, gaming websites, auction websites etc.
The content filtering policy is applied when there is a large number of internet users in the network. Here, the system administrator's task is to prepare a filtering policy that can benefit employees, organization and your network in a number of ways.
Following are some of the benefits of content filtering policy:
Increased Productivity Level:
When the number of employees or user in a network is small, keeping a check on each of their internet activity is easy. But, if the number of users in your network is large, then it gets extremely difficult to monitor the online activity of every network user. In that case, users take advantage of the unrestricted environment and often get away with activities that hamper their productivity level. This is the point where a Content Filtering Policy comes to the rescue. Content filtering blocks and removes all these tempting websites and forces the user to be productive and focus on the tasks allocated.
Increased Network Protection
Another very important benefit or advantage of applying a content filtering policy is that it block access to the websites that most likely may distribute malicious software, malicious program or virus that can have devastating effects on your network. Blocking or filtering such websites reduce the chance of a virus attack. It protects you network hackers attempting to breach security of your network and computers. However, a content filtering policy is never a substitute for a dedicated anti-malware and antivirus program.
Prevention of Liability Issues
A content filtering policy puts your organization, office, school, college network in compliance with law. Your organization's content filtering policy helps to prevent possibilities of being held liable for illegal activities such as file sharing etc. School, College and libraries should abide by Children's Internet Protection Act of 2001, that states "schools and libraries are required to certify that they have their safety policies and technology in place before receiving E-rate funding."
Bandwidth Usage Reduction
This one is most useful when it comes to cost reduction. Businesses all over generally have a high-speed internet connection with a guaranteed bandwidth. By applying a content filtering policy that blocks websites & activities such as streaming videos, blocking media players, blocking sites like YouTube, Vimeo and other file sharing services, system administrators can control the bandwidth usage.