More About Web Filtering and Security

To help protect our community from internet-based threats and unwelcome content, Biola employs a web filtering and security solution on Biola’s internet connection using a Cisco Next-Generation Firewall.

How the Web Filter Works

Cisco FirePower, a next-generation firewall platform, analyzes internet traffic and classifies sites into categories that best describe them. Biola then blocks a subset of these categories that have been determined inappropriate for our community based on our code of conduct and community standards. Our on-site Cisco FirePower installation works with the BrightCloud URL database integrated and maintained by Cisco Systems.

Filtering Categories

Below are the web filtering categories Biola chooses to block. Refer to BrightCloud's URL category descriptions for more info on the types of content included in each category.

  • Adult and Pornography
  • Bot Nets
  • Cheating
  • Confirmed SPAM Sources
  • Dead Sites
  • Gambling
  • Hacking
  • Hate and Racism
  • Illegal
  • Keyloggers and Monitoring
  • Malware Sites
  • Nudity
  • Open HTTP Proxies
  • Parked Domains
  • Peer to Peer
  • Phishing and Other Frauds
  • Proxy Avoid and Anonymizers
  • Spyware and Adware

Make a request to block or unblock a website

Sometimes educational or business related web resources are incorrectly categorized. If that happens, you can request to have the website evaluated. Contact Information Technology with the web address in question and the reason you believe it should be placed in a different category. The site will be evaluated for inappropriate content, and if it has been incorrectly classified it will be submitted for reclassification.

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