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Web content filtering is a new feature in Microsoft Defender ATP that enables security administrators to track and regulate access to websites based on specified content categories. You can configure policies within Microsoft Defender Security Center to block or gather access data on certain categories across your machine groups. This feature provides the following capabilities:

  • Users are prevented from accessing websites in blocked categories, whether they are browsing on-premises or away
  • Conveniently deploy varied policies to various sets of users using the machine groups defined in the Microsoft Defender ATP role-based access control settings
  • Access web reports in the same central location, with visibility over actual blocks and web usage
  • Support for most major web browsers, with blocks performed by SmartScreen and Network Protection.

For instance, you could set a policy to block ‘adult content sites’ across all of your machine groups, and create a separate policy to block ‘high bandwidth sites’ on just a few machine groups. Any category that is not being blocked will still have access information collected from them that you can view in the reports.

 

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In order to give customers access to various sources of web content categorization data, we are very excited to partner with data providers for this functionality. We’ve chosen Cyren as our first partner, who we’ve worked with closely to build that integration. Cyren sends categorization data directly to our cloud, so no customer data will be leaving Microsoft boundaries. We then use this data to determine which blocks to perform on the end user's machine. In order to use this feature, you must acquire a separate license with Cyren, who offers a 60-day free trial license for Microsoft Defender ATP customers. Learn more about partner licensing.

 

Starting today, web content filtering is available for public preview in the Microsoft Defender Security Center. To begin, go to Settings > Advanced features, and click the Web content filtering toggle to turn the feature on. Then, go to Reports > Web reports and click “Connect to partner” on the lower card to start a Cyren trial. Also, check out our technical documentation.

3 Comments
Occasional Contributor

if you want to see this in action, check out my blog post here: https://emptydc.com/2020/01/27/block-it/

 

thanks for reading,

Jan

Occasional Contributor

This is indeed a much asked question from my customer base. I'm very pleased to see this solution is coming very soon. The first question that pops-up in my mind is however on licensing (yes, sorry, but I believe the technology works :happyface:). As this solution is brought together with the power of Cyren's Content Categorization data, I'm wondering if the licensing for this will be done separately at Cyren's, or if Microsoft is going to be the broker in this (even through the CSP program).

 

Thanks in advance,

Ronald van Ackooij

Senior Member

Cool feature. Would like to test it. I have applied for the trial version and entered not enough devices for my tenant and ran directly into the error message:

 

You are above the device limit for your Cyren license that is used for web content filtering. It supports - devices, but -are currently in use. Go to Cyren partner page and update license
 
Well, I went to the partner page, and submitted the form, but no reply. Also I can't find pricing anywhere. More info on the pricing and billing (CSP possible?) would be appreciated.