Zscaler, a new web filtering start-up, could make things harder for employees looking to conduct personal business on their company’s time. While many companies may not be able to afford in-house filtering solutions to keep tabs on whether employees are using their time online inappropriately, Zscaler could provide a more cost effective solution.
According to the New York Times Bits blog, “Zscaler’s idea is to relieve companies of the tiresome and costly burden of managing Web filtering and security on their own servers. Instead, the cloud-based service, which is rented to companies by the month, acts like a Web proxy, intercepting all incoming and outbound HTTP traffic from employees and scrubbing it for malware and online activity that violates company policy.”
The service also lets network managers determine which sites may be inappropriate on a case by case basis by department, with some employees having access to sites others do not.