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Working with Categories (EA - Value Sets)

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This article discusses how to use the predefined Cato categories and create custom categories to meet the specific needs of your organization.

Note

Note: This is an Early Availability (EA) feature that is only available for limited release. For more information, contact your Cato Networks representative or send an email to ea@catonetworks.com.

Working with Categories

The Categories screen shows you Cato Cloud system and custom categories. Categories are global objects that you can use to customize the Networking, WAN and Internet firewall rules to meet the specific needs of your network.

The system categories are predefined and group web content into common categories, such as News, Gambling, Weapons, and so on. You can also create custom categories to include a group of system categories, specific websites, services, and applications.

When you add multiple categories to a single networking, WAN, or Internet firewall rule, there is an OR relationship between them.

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Showing a Category

The Categories screen lets you show the details for each system and custom category.

To show a category:

  1. From the navigation panel, click Assets > Categories.

    The Categories panel opens, displaying the Custom Categories tab and the System Categories tab.

  2. Select if you want to show the predefined System Categories or Custom Categories.

  3. Click the Name or Description column headings to sort the table in alphabetical order.

Creating a Custom Category

Custom categories give you increased control over the corporate network and security policy. You can define the applications, Internet content, and services that belong to the new category. It is a global object that you can use for the Firewall and Networking rules, events, analysis and so on. These are the types of content that you can use to define a custom category:

  • Applications and custom applications

  • Services and custom services

  • Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDN) and Top Level Domains (TLD)

    • FQDN is an exact match of the fully qualified domain (for example, the FQDN example.com only matches example.com)

    • TLD matches all subdomains that end in the TLD (for example, the TLD sample.com matches host.sample.com)

When there are multiple content types in a custom category, such as a Domain Name and a Service, there is an OR relationship between them.

To create a custom category:

  1. From the navigation panel, click Assets > Categories.

  2. Click the Custom Categories tab.

  3. Click New. The Add Category panel opens.

  4. Enter the Name and Description for the category.

  5. From the Members drop-down menu, select the content type that you are adding to this category.

  6. Repeat the previous step to add more content types.

  7. Click Apply. The custom category is added.

  8. Click Save. The custom category is created.

Deleting Custom Categories

You can delete one or more custom categories when they are no longer needed. You cannot delete system categories.

To delete custom categories:

  1. From the navigation panel, click Assets > Categories.

  2. Click the Custom Categories tab.

  3. Click Delete.png (Delete) next to the custom category to delete.

    The custom category is removed.

  4. Click OK. The custom category is deleted.

Creating a Value Set

Value Sets are user defined categories that help you manage Application Control rules for groups of items such as URLs or email addresses. Value Sets contain comma-separated text strings which you can then use in Application Control rules. For more about using Value Sets in the Application Control policy, see Managing the Application Control Policy (EA - Value Sets).

The Value Sets category is included in the CASB license. For more about purchasing a CASB license, please contact your Cato representative.

Note

Note: Value Sets are only used with the Application Control policy.

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To create a Value Set:

  1. From the navigation panel, click Assets > Categories.

  2. Click the Value Sets tab.

  3. Click New. The Create new set panel opens.

  4. Enter the Name and Description for the Value Set.

  5. Enter one or more text strings separated by commas and click Add.

  6. Click Apply, and then click Save.

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