An Australian firm has announced the development of proxy server software that filters and caches World Wide Web content, allowing network administrators to block access to select information.
Written in Java code, the WebShield HTTP Proxy server software from JLabs Pty monitors each end user's access to the Web and offers pre-defined, cutomisable lists of sites that can either be accessed or blocked. Users requesting access to sites must explain why they want to access the information.
An alpha version of WebShield is available for trial usage now. A beta version will be available for SPARC systems at the end of the month and for Windows NT in early December. Final release is scheduled for January 1997.
JLabs, based in Sydney can be reached at 61-2-9953-8366 or on the Web at http://www.jlabs.com/.