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Problem Description

I want to know if a website is in the Forcepoint Master Database. How do I find out if Forcepoint has already categorized a website?


There are multiple ways to find out how a site is categorized:
  • Use the URL Category tool in the Web Security management console (better to use next option if you use Cloud Web Security).
  • Use the CSI: Ace Insight Tool on the Forcepoint website.
  • Use the Site Lookup and Category Suggestion Tool on the Forcepoint website. Important You will need to be logged into support.forcepoint.com first before using this link if a license has been purchased for additional searches.
  • Use WebsensePing to lookup website categories and check the Master Database category list.
If you have re-categorized a website already and wish to check the current category of that website in your deployment , then use the URL Category tool. If you want to know the actual category assigned for a website in the latest Master Database then use the Site Lookup and Category Suggestion Tool.

URL Category Tool

  1. Open the Web Security manager and click URL Category (under Toolbox in the right shortcut pane).
  2. Enter a URL or destination IP address.
  3. Click Go.
The site's current category is displayed in a popup window. If your organization has recategorized the URL, the new category is shown. The site's categorization also depends on which version of the Master Database (including real-time updates) you are using.

CSI: Ace Insight Tool

  1. Navigate to the Support Site home page and log in.
  2. Click the CSI: Ace Insight Tool on the left navigation pane.
  3. Enter a URL, and then click Analyze.

Site Lookup Tool

  1. Navigate to the Support Site home page and log in.
  2. Click Site Lookup under Tools in the left navigation pane.
  3. Enter a URL, and then click Look Up.

    Note: For Cloud Web Security, select the v7 database.

The site's current categorization in the latest version of the Master Database is displayed. Version 8.x uses the same database as 7.x.


You can use WebsensePing to determine the filtering category associated with a specific URL. The utility returns both the category and the filtering result (disposition) for the category in the Global policy.
  • Windows: websenseping -m 27 -url <URL>
  • Linux: ./WebsensePing -m 27 -url <URL>
  • see the following example for www.microsoft.com
C:\Program Files (x86)\Websense\Web Security\bin>Websenseping -m 27 -url www.microsoft.com

  URL = http://www.microsoft.com
  User Name =
  Source IP =
  Destination IP =

  Lookup Code = WISP_URL_OK
  Category = Information Technology
  Category Reason = 1
  URL Attributes =
  Lookup Type = 0
  Keyword =
  True File Type = 0
  Protocol ID = 0
  Logging Code = Log
  Role Id = 8
  Out User Name =
  Block Message =

  Policy Name = role-8**Default
  Time = Thu Apr 16 06:43:02 2020

  Response Cloud App:
    Cloud App Id = 9094
    Cloud App Name = Microsoft Store
    Cloud App Risk Level = 2
    Cloud App Cat Id = -1
    Cloud App Cat Name = IT

  Elapsed Time = 5 ms


You can get the list of default category IDs by running the following command

C:\Program Files (x86)\Websense\Web Security\bin>websenseping -m 18 -showCatList

More additional examples of WebsensePing, review Determine category, disposition, and other information for a URL using WebsensePing

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