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Top Categories Report

The Top Categories report is a list of the top security and content categories by DNS requests for your Umbrella organization over the selected period.

Top Categories Quick View

The quick view for Top Categories displays the most active identities and their respective requests for each individual category.

  1. Choose a time frame within which to view the quick view details.
    You can see details for the last 24 hours, yesterday, the last 7 days, the last 30 days, or a custom range within the last 30 days.
  1. Click on the number of requests in the Activity column of the category you wish to examine.
    A modal appears with a graph displaying the total requests of that traffic type over the selected time period and the total number of allowed requests. The most active identities with requests in this category are also displayed.
  1. Optionally, click on Full Details to redirect to the Category Details for this category.

View the Top Categories Report

  1. Navigate to Reporting > Additional Reports > Top Categories.

Report Fields

  • Category—The category, such as Malware, Business Services, Phishing, and so on.
    To see a full list of categories, see Manage Security Settings, Manage Content Categories, and Manage Application Categories. Clicking a category name redirects you to the Category Details section.
  • Type—The type of category: security, content, or application.
  • Traffic—The total bandwidth of proxy requests uploaded and downloaded for this category.
  • Activity—The number of requests for the category for the selected period. Clicking the number of requests reveals more information:
    • the total requests for the selected period
    • which of the requests were blocked and which were allowed
    • the most active identities (the identities that have requested the category the most)
  1. Choose a time frame within which to view the result. You can view the report for the last 24 hours, the previous day (yesterday), last week, the last 30 days, or a custom range within the last 30 days.
  1. Filter the top categories by category type.
    You can view Security categories, Content categories, or both. By default, All is selected, so that yoboth security and content categories are shown.
  1. Filter top categories by response type.
    You can view categories from requests that were Allowed, Blocked, or both. By default, neither is selected, so all responses are shown.
  1. Choose identity types to filter results and click Apply.
    By default, no identity types are selected, so all identity types are shown.

You also have the option to search by identity if you know the identity name.

  1. Choose how to sort the top category results.

    Ascending or Descending Order

  2. Descending—Show the results in descending order. By default, descending is selected.
  3. Ascending—Show the results in ascending order.

Once you have chosen all filters and sorting options, the report will reflect the appropriate results.

View Category in Other Reports

Viewing the category in other reports provides you with insights into how your organization accesses a destination category and what activities are involved. In the Top Categories report, each category can be explored further by accessing the View Menu. Clicking this menu (the "...") reveals three options:


Destination Details < Top Categories Report > Category Details

Updated 7 days ago


Top Categories Report


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