Key features

Filtering web traffic is a complex process. The key features of Web Gateway contribute to this process in different ways.

  • Interception of web traffic — Intercepting web traffic is a prerequisite for any filtering. It is accomplished by the proxy functions of Web Gateway, which can be performed under different network protocols, such as HTTP, HTTPS, HTTP2, FTP, XMPP, and others.

    Depending on what you configure, Web Gateway can run in explicit proxy mode or in one of several transparent modes.

  • Authentication — The authentication functions of Web Gateway check the authorization of users, relying on information from internal and external databases and using authentication methods such as NTLM, LDAP, RADIUS, Kerberos, and others.
  • Web filtering — The anti-malware functions of Web Gateway scan and filter web traffic and block web objects if they are infected.

    Other functions filter URLs that users request access to, using information from the McAfee® Global Threat Intelligence™ (McAfee GTI) system, or perform media type and application filtering.

    The filtering functions are supported by functions that complete such jobs as counting user requests for web access or indicating the progress made in downloading web objects.

  • Monitoring — The monitoring functions of Web Gateway provide a comprehensive and continuous overview of the filtering process.

    They include a dashboard, which displays information on alerts, web usage, filtering activities, and system behavior, as well as logging and tracing functions.

    Options to get external components involved in the monitoring process, for example, McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator® (McAfee® ePO™) or an SNMP agent, are also provided.