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ISA500: Changes to URL Filtering Categories

Purpose:

This document outlines the upcoming changes to the URL Filtering feature supported on the ISA500.

Details:

The set of categories for URL Filtering are being updated and will include a number of changes.  The following table lists the set of URL categories for the Cisco ISA500 Series Integrated Security Appliances Firmware and how they will change.  These changes may modify or disable existing policies.

ChangeOld Categories
New Categories
Categories Added
Streaming Video
Streaming Audio

Astrology

Extreme
Fashion
Alcohol
Tobacco
Humor
SaaS and B2B
Personal Sites
Digital Postcards
Politics
Illegal Downloads
Organization Email
Religion
Non-Governmental Organizations
Auctions
Professional Networking
Photo Search and Images
Dynamic and Residential
Parked Domains
Entertainment

Categories Renamed

Arts and EntertainmentArts
Lottery and SweepstakesLotteries
Web-based ChatChat and Instant Messaging
Sex Ed and AbortionSex Education
PornPornography
Child PornChild Abuse Content
Categories DeletedStreaming Media
Paranormal and Occult
Violence
Tasteless or Obscene
Instant Messaging
Cults
Spiritual Healing
Tattoos
Alcohol and Tobacco
Categories Merged

Instant Messaging

Chat and Instant Messaging
Web-based Chat
Tasteless and ObsceneExtreme
Violence
Split CategoriesArts and EntertainmentArts
Streaming Video
Streaming Audio
Humor
Digital Postcards
Photo Search and Images
Computers and InternetComputers and Internet
SaaS and B2B
ShoppingShopping
Auctions
Government and LawGovernment and Law
Politics
InfrastructureInfrastructure and Content Delivery Networks
Parked Domains
Business and IndustryBusiness and Industry
SaaS and B2B
Search Engines and PortalsSearch Engines and Portals
Parked Domains
Illegal ActivitiesIllegal Activities
Illegal Downloads
Online CommunitiesOnline Communities
Personal Sites
Digital Postcards
Politics
Professional Networking
Photo Search and Images
Streaming MediaStreaming Video
Streaming Audio
Paranormal and OccultSociety and Culture
Astrology
Web-based MailWeb-based Mail
Organizational Email
Alcohol and TobaccoAlcohol
Tobacco
Peer File TransferPeer File Transfer
Illegal Downloads
Social NetworkingSocial Networking
Professional Networking
Society and CultureSociety and Culture
Fashion
Non-Governmental Organizations

Note:  This table is also found in the Release Notes for ISA500 Firmware Version 1.2.18:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/small_business_security/isa500/release/1.2.18/ISA500_RN_1-2-18.pdf

FAQ:

Q:  When will the changes take place?

A:  The changes are currently scheduled for sometime during the week of February 10, 2014.

Q:  How will the ISA receive these changes?

A:  The ISA will automatically receive these changes as part of the Security Services communication with the Servers.

Q:  Do I need to do anything?

A:  The changes will be automatic.  After the changes, it is recommended to go through and review your URL Filtering Policy Profiles with the updated categories.

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