Which Guardian default policies should I use for the workplace, hospitality, or BECTA and CIPA compliance?

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Summary

A guide to the default policies in the Guardian web filter, including guidance on how they align with CIPA and BECTA compliance.

Education

This web filtering policy is designed to protect students and is highly restrictive. This policy is suitable to use as a basis for British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) compliance.

Web filter policy table

Who What Where When Action
Everyone Authentication Exceptions Everywhere Always Whitelist
Banned Users Everything Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Custom allowed content Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Custom blocked content Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Policy group Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Academic Institutions Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Education and Reference Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Government Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Core Blocked Content Everywhere Always Block

Authentication Exceptions

  • Web Infrastructure > Software Updates
  • Web Infrastructure > SSL/CRL
  • Custom categories > Custom allowed content

Core Blocked Content

  • Legal & Liability Issues
  • Adult Themes
  • Entertainment > Jokes and Humour
  • Entertainment > Online Games
  • FIle and Image Hosting > File Hosting
  • File and Image Hosting > Image Hosting: Unmoderated
  • Information and Reference > Plagiarism
  • IT & Technical > Peer-to-peer Networking
  • Malware and Hacking
  • Multimedia > Audio and Video
  • Social Media > Blogs
  • Social Media > Dating Sites
  • Social Media > Discussion Forums
  • Social Media > Instant Messaging Sites
  • Social Media > Social Networking Sites
  • Web Infrastructure > Adverts

Workplace / Productivity

This web filtering policy blocks adult, drug and gambling content. It also blocks social networking and other sites that may impact productivity at work.

Web filter policy table

Who What Where When Action
Everyone Authentication Exceptions Everywhere Always Whitelist
Banned Users Everything Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Custom allowed content Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Custom blocked content Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Core Blocked Content Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Lunchtime Content Everywhere Lunchtime Allow


Authentication Exceptions

  • Web Infrastructure > Software Updates
  • Web Infrastructure > SSL/CRL
  • Custom categories > Custom allowed content

Core Blocked Content

  • Legal and Liability > Child Abuse
  • Legal and Liability > Drugs
  • Legal and Liability > Intolerance
  • Legal and Liability > Piracy and Copyright Infringement
  • Legal and Liability > Pornography
  • Legal and Liability > Self Harm
  • Legal and Liability > Terrorism
  • Adult Themes > Adult Sites
  • Adult Themes > Criminal Activity
  • Adult Themes > Gambling
  • Adult Themes > Gore
  • Entertainment > Computer Games
  • Entertainment > Desktop Customisation
  • Entertainment > Jokes and Humour
  • Entertainment > Online Games
  • File and Image Hosting > File Hosting
  • File and Image Hosting > Image Hosting: Unmoderated
  • IT & Technical > Peer-to-peer Networking
  • IT & Technical > Webmail
  • Lifestyle > Online Auctions
  • Lifestyle > Online Shopping
  • Malware & Phishing
  • Multimedia > Audio and Video
  • Social Media > Dating Sites
  • Social Media > Discussion Forums
  • Social Media > Instant Messaging
  • Social Media > Social Networking Sites
  • Web Infrastructure > Adverts

Workplace

This is a less restrictive workplace web filtering policy, it only blocks adult, drug and gambling content.

Web filter policy table

Who What Where When Action
Everyone Authentication Exceptions Everywhere Always Whitelist
Banned Users Everything Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Custom allowed content Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Custom blocked content Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Core Blocked Content Everywhere Always Block

Authentication Exceptions

  • Web Infrastructure > Software Updates
  • Web Infrastructure > SSL/CRL
  • Custom categories > Custom allowed content

Core Blocked Content

  • Legal and Liability > Child Abuse
  • Legal and Liability > Drugs
  • Legal and Liability > Intolerance
  • Legal and Liability > Piracy and Copyright Infringement
  • Legal and Liability > Pornography
  • Legal and Liability > Self Harm
  • Legal and Liability > Terrorism
  • Adult Themes > Adult Sites
  • Adult Themes > Criminal Activity
  • Adult Themes > Gambling
  • Adult Themes > Gore
  • Entertainment > Computer Games
  • Entertainment > Desktop Customisation
  • Entertainment > Jokes and Humour
  • Entertainment > Online Games
  • File and Image Hosting > Image Hosting: Unmoderated
  • Malware & Phishing
  • Web Infrastructure > Adverts

CIPA

This is a minimal web filtering policy designed to comply with the USA's Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Web filter policy table

Who What Where When Action
Everyone Authentication Exceptions Everywhere Always Whitelist
Banned Users Everything Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Custom allowed content Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Custom blocked content Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Policy group Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Academic Institutions Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Education and Reference Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Government Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Core Blocked Content Everywhere Always Block

Authentication Exceptions

  • Web Infrastructure > Software Updates
  • Web Infrastructure > SSL/CRL
  • Custom categories > Custom allowed content

Core Blocked Content

  • Legal and Liability > Child Abuse
  • Legal and Liability > Pornography
  • Adult Themes > Restricted to Adults
  • File Hosting > Image Hosting: Unmoderated

Hospitality

Designed to protect networks that provide Guest Internet Access. This policy only manages web content that is potentially illegal or infringes copyright; it does not restrict access to adult content and/or other material that may be considered offensive to many people.

Web filter policy table

Who What Where When Action
Everyone iTunes, Netflix, YouTube Everywhere Always Whitelist
Everyone Software Updates Everywhere Always Allow
Banned Users Everything Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Custom allowed content Everywhere Always Allow
Everyone Custom blocked content Everywhere Always Block
Everyone Core Blocked Content Everywhere Always Block

Core Blocked Content

  • Legal and Liability > Piracy & Copyright Infringement
  • Malware and Phishing > Hacking
  • Malware and Phishing > Malware & Phishing

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Last updated: Author: Contributions by:
22 May 2017 Christopher Smith