BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® (APM®) implements a Secure Web Gateway (SWG) by adding access control, based on URL categorization, to forward proxy. With APM, you can create a configuration to protect your network assets and end users from threats, and enforce a use and compliance policy for Internet access. Users that access the Internet from the enterprise go through APM, which can allow or block access to URL categories or indicate that the user should confirm the URL before access can be allowed.
BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® (APM®) supports basic web site access control purely based on user-defined URL categories. This feature is a part of base APM functionality, without requiring an SWG subscription. The benefits include:
A BIG-IP® system with Access Policy Manager® (APM®) and a Secure Web Gateway (SWG) subscription provides these benefits over those provided by APM alone:
SWG subscription benefits extend these APM benefits:
The Secure Web Gateway URL database supplies over 150 URL categories and identifies over 60 million URLs that fit within these categories. In addition, you can create custom categories if needed and add URLs to any category, custom or otherwise. You can also use custom categories to define blacklists and whitelists.
Without a URL database, an administrator tasked with treating only a few URLs differently can specify criteria for matching those few URLs in a simple URL Branching action in a per-request policy. An administrator who must categorize and filter a large number of URLs can, however, accomplish this with Access Policy Manager® (APM®) user-defined URL categories.
When Access Policy Manager® (APM®) acts as a forward proxy, APM does not use session management cookies. If presented with an APM session management cookie while acting as a forward proxy, APM ignores the cookie.