Theme: Web Security
Location: West Midlands
A West Midlands-based 11-18 secondary school, with a national reputation for its academic achievement, and an aspiration to be world class, approached Tek-nology Solutions to implement a web content filtering solution.
With over 1,200 pupils, the internet plays an important role in teaching and learning. The aim was to minimise risk of exposure to unsuitable content and malware infections, providing a secure environment where the focus could remain on education rather than web security issues.
Based on Tek-nology Solutions’ knowledge of the IT marketplace, combined with the technology the school already had in place, the proposed solution complemented the existing infrastructure and met requirements to incorporate web content filtering and reporting capabilities.
The dedicated web content filtering solution is able to integrate with the school’s Active Directory and is therefore able to establish who is logged onto each system and apply the appropriate filtering policies for pupils and staff. This has enabled IT, over the longer-term, to build access and denial policies based on URL categories and individual or group identity.
Web Content Control is vital to blocking access to harmful and inappropriate website material which may contain phishing/pharming attacks, malware, or inappropriately deemed content. Reporting facilities can provide the breadth and depth of web-based user activities on your network; this detailed insight can assist with preventing infections to your network, as well as identifying misuse of employees’ time and company resources.
So, whether you are within an educational establishment protecting students and the sites they view, or within a commercial environment looking to reduce the amount of time employees spend on personal email and social networking, for example, web content control can be tailored to your specific requirements. Within any setting, avoiding the dangers associated with malware and virus-infected websites warrants a sound web content control solution.