US Open Source security outfit Untangle is to run a public test of six of the most popular anti-porn filters at next week’s RSA Show in San Francisco, dubbing the head-to-head as the Deep Throat Fight Club in a disturbing metaphoric fusion of sex, violence and Open Source developer zeal.
For the filtering contestants involved - Barracuda, Fortinet, ScanSafe, Sonicwall, WatchGuard and Websense - the title is probably about right. The potential for embarrassment is huge and it could get bloody. Do much-vaunted porn filters actually work as advertised?
“No filter is going to catch everything,” admitted Untangle’s CTO and appropriately-named co-founder, Dirk Morris. “So we’re benchmarking the industry to give everyone a better idea of what to expect.”
No details were offered of what methodology would be used beyond the general comment that the Deep Throat Fight Club would “mimic real-world scenarios in a live and fully transparent test.”
The company will obviously foreground its own filtering systems although it is worth pointing out that Untangle does not itself sell comprehensive anti-porn blocking, relying instead on blocking of certain types of domain.