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Bloxx targets education sector with demonstrations at BETT Show in London

Bloxx : 03 December, 2008  (Company News)
Web filtering specialist to attend Education Technology show to demonstrate methods of controlling internet usage and preventing the use of anonymous proxies
Bloxx, the web content filtering specialist, will be exhibiting its third-generation web filtering technology at next year's BETT Show to be held at Olympia, London from 14 - 17 January 2009. Bloxx is attending the show to highlight the increasing need for educational institutions to have appropriate web filtering in place to manage Internet access and ensure a safe and productive learning environment, particularly amid the escalating use of anonymous proxies by students.

The BETT Show is the world's leading event for educational technology, with almost 29,000 expected visitors and 600 exhibitors. The show provides education professionals with the opportunity to view a comprehensive range of ICT products and services. From early years to universities, BETT is an essential part of the industry's annual knowledge-gathering process in preparation for the new school year.

"There is no doubt that the Internet is an incredibly important and useful resource for education, yet if access is not managed correctly, it also has the potential to impact student productivity, expose young people to inappropriate or offensive material and pose a significant security threat to an IT network," explains Bloxx CEO, Eamonn Doyle. "Even though most Educational establishments now have web filtering in place, many are finding that students are all too easily bypassing the filter using anonymous proxies. Once connected to one of these sites, they are free to surf the Internet completely unmonitored."

Anonymous proxy sites are quickly becoming the most popular and easiest way for students to bypass Internet filtering. Earlier this year, Bloxx announced the results from its first annual Anonymous Proxies Security Survey taken from a cross section of business and education IT managers, which revealed that 90% of respondents deem these types of sites to be a problem.

Hundreds of anonymous proxies are created each week and it has become apparent that blocking them using traditional web filters, which rely heavily on lists of URLs, is simply no longer effective. Bloxx Tru-View Technology deploys a multi-layered approach to web filtering, combining the best of conventional web filtering methods with real-time contextual analysis, identification and categorisation of web pages, which delivers unsurpassed levels of detection and blocking of anonymous proxies.

"BETT is the most important event of the year for education technology specialists. It gives us the ideal opportunity to raise awareness about issues such as anonymous proxies and the importance of web filtering in the education environment," adds Doyle. "Tru-View Technology is the only viable way to keep up-to-date with the continued growth of the Internet and its ever changing nature. By deploying a reliable web filtering solution, schools and further education establishments can ensure that the Internet is used to their advantage."

Many schools and further education institutes have already reaped substantial benefits from implementing the Bloxx solution, including The High school of Glasgow, St George's College and Dene Community School of Technology.
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