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URL Filtering: Categories for Suicide Promotion/Self-Harm Promotion

L2 Linker

Hi!

 

Unless I've been dumb enough to miss them, the Palo Alto URL filtering database lacks a category for suicide/self-harm promotion sites. I've now been asked for a second time if we could block such sites. As a higher education institute, we're really rather interested in such blocking such categories - who knows? It may be the tipping point for other HE institutions into purchasing the license for URL filtering. 

 

I've already logged this as a feature request through our support channel (Khipu) but if other people could weigh in, it might encourage Palo Alto that this is a desirable feature.  

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L4 Transporter

Hello MikeMeredith,

 

If you have already raised a feature request to your account team (I am not aware of Khipu), you need to wait it is implemented (unfortunately, I do not have a timeline).

 

Now until there is such category, you can opt for a block by default and only allow some approved category (instead of allow all minus self harm // you allow only the categories you want).

https://docs.paloaltonetworks.com/advanced-url-filtering/administration/url-filtering-basics/url-cat...

 

Also, in the meantime, if you have some URLs of website, you can test the website against https://urlfiltering.paloaltonetworks.com/.

So you can block the category.

 

Or if there are some child protection associations which maintain a harmful URL list, you can use the EDL feature.

 

Not totally related, but this PANCast episode may give some ideas too.

 

Olivier

PCSNE - CISSP

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L2 Linker

Hi!

 

Thanks for the response. Blocking everything but sites categorised by Palo Alto would make management very twitchy - HE is customarily not in favour of censureship except on a case by case (it's a topic for discussion with senior management and has been for 3 months at least). Yes an EDL could also function, but these are adults not children. New 18-year old students may be very young adults but they're still not children!

Hello MikeMeredith,

 

My bad, I used the wrong word, but the idea is the same.

I guess some association preventing against self-harm/suicide may have done a URL list.


Until the category is made, I think it is something to explore (your organisation can initiate the URL list, if it is not done by someone else, so that benefits to all schools / universities).

 

Olivier

PCSNE - CISSP

Best Effort contributor

Check out our PANCast Channel

Disclaimer : All messages are my personal ones and do not represent my company's view in any way.

L2 Linker

It's been accepted as a feature request.

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