The Log Cabin Console provides tools to the filter administrator to control what is available on the network, to which users, during what times of the day. The tools to accomplish this are:
Classifier Categories classify web pages by subject; the heart and soul of a filter project. We need to know what we are looking at before we can decide what to do with it.
Classifying is the basis for Filter Actions and for Usage Reports. It's always happening - on every Request/Response cycle, whether the resulting filter action is Allow, Block, or Ignore.
The Log Cabin Console allows the user to create new categories - Console Categories. Typically the filter admin will want to do this to specify a Filter Action. What subect a given web page is about is of less importance than the action that should take place when a user accesses it.
Device Groups (Who)
Device Groups cluster local devices and remote users in groups to which Access Policies can be applied.
Action Groups (What)
Categories have a default Filter Action (Allow, Block, Ignore) that Redwood applies to all web pages scored in that category. Action Groups enable the default Filter Action to be changed / overridden.
Time Groups (When)
Time Groups allow Access Policies to be active for certain time periods, and inactive the remainder of the day.
Access Policies tie Category Action Groups, Device Groups and Time Groups together to produce the desired policy.
When using these tools the filter admin should consider the following sequence:
- Classifier Categories - The Subject of web pages
- Device Group - Who is accessing the pages
- Action Group - What action Redwood should perform
- Time Group - When Redwood should do it
- Access Policy - Implementing the answers to those questions