Cloud applications

By analyzing cloud application traffic, you can mitigate the risks posed by cloud application usage. Options allow you to classify traffic and apply a traffic shaping policy.

Use the filters to refine the search results by date, classification, category, and bytes transferred. For example, you can filter traffic to display only unsanctioned social networking traffic for a specified period.

Note The results include only allowed traffic and only applications that have traffic. Check your blocked application settings.
Note Upload and download count and file type information can be displayed only for traffic where HTTPS decryption is enabled. Some apps use non-standard methods for sending or receiving file downloads, which can lead to these data points being empty or appearing inaccurate.
  • To view traffic details, click .

By default, all application traffic is classified as new.

  • To apply a different classification, click Classify, select a classification, and click Apply.
Note The new classification will be applied only to new traffic for the application.

To control bandwidth usage by cloud applications, you can apply a traffic shaping policy. For example, you may want to restrict streaming video traffic.

  • To control bandwidth usage, click Traffic shaping, select a policy, and click Save.

Recommended settings

To maximize the effectiveness of cloud traffic reporting, use the following firewall rule settings:
  • For basic reporting of bytes consumed (bytes in and out), enable Log firewall traffic.
  • For more accuracy and detail, enable Decrypt & scan HTTPS, and set a web policy other than “None”.