This is a great article discussing the features of ISA Server as a layer 7 firewall (without the usual zealous bubbleÂ from Dr T. Shinder)
The Industry Insiders: Securing the network using Microsoft ISA Server 2004
Whilst on the subject of layer 7 – here’s why outbound HTTP/S should be authenticated (and users should not have admin access to their workstations)- HTTP Tunnels:
HTTP tunnel software allows for tunneling almost any protocol over HTTP. For example, a user could use a HTTP tunnel to bypass the firewall to use their peer-to-peer software and download stuff from the Internet.