When filtering web content, we understand the need to permanently block certain things. This is where Sonar's Global Policy comes into play. Global Policy was a feature introduced in Sonar 3.2.13, and it allows you to permanently block any less-than-savoury content you never want your users to access.
HOW DOES THE POLICY GROUP WORK?
Normally, Exceptions override blocks. Not in this case. As mentioned above, the purpose of the Policy Group is to deny access on a permanent basis to selected content. Content such as Pornography, Violence, Drugs, etc. If you place this content into the Policy Group, access to it will be BLOCKED, and NO exceptions will override this.
HOW DO I USE/EDIT POLICY GROUP FILTERING?
You can view the Policy Group in the Sonar GUI under Groups. It is labelled POLICY_GROUP. To enable the group, check the Radio button for HTTP Filtering to "Enabled" and "Site Filtering" should also be "Enabled". You can manage which lists to use by hitting the ellipsis button [...] next to Site or URL filtering. Custom lists can also be applied to Policy Group if required.
While the Policy Group is a fantastic feature to permanently block content, we also understand it may not necessarily be ideal for everyone, which is why we have the option of disabling Policy Group for certain groups. In each group setting, there is a check box for "Disable Global Policy". If this box is ticked, the entire group will NOT be subject to the Policy Group or it's functionality, which means anything blocked by the Policy Group will not apply to them.