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Real Time Web Protection For Technology College

Bloxx : 03 February, 2011  (Application Story)
Bloxx has provided web filtering using Tru-View Technology to help protect technology school from malicious and inappropriate web site content
Danum School Technology College is proactively monitoring and managing safe Web access for around 2,500 users by using Bloxx’s real time Web filtering, powered by its patented Tru-View Technology.  With dramatically improved protection and control over all Internet access, the school believes this goes some way to helping them meet child online protection and e-safety requirements.

With ICT underpinning the whole curriculum at the school, part of the ICT group’s remit is to allow student’s safe and secure access to the Internet. With students bypassing their previous Web filtering technology by using anonymous proxy sites to access the Internet, the school deployed the Bloxx Web Filter to provide better protection and to identify and categorise sites at the point of user request which easily identifies and blocks proxy bypass sites in real-time.

Clare Quigley, Senior ICT Technician at the school explains, “We believe that 100% of anonymous proxy sites are caught immediately by the Bloxx Web Filter and we have a comprehensive record of who is attempting to bypass our Web filter to surf the Internet unprotected. We know that our students are frustrated at being unable to access gaming sites, but with this level of filtering, we can ensure our students keep on track with their studies.”

The solution has also allowed the school to actively adopt and enforce an Acceptable Use Policy with tailored sensitivity for different groups and departments. Immediacy is another key factor of the Bloxx Web Filter at the school.  Clare adds, “With the Bloxx appliance automatically scanning and classifying Web pages in real-time, we can immediately reclassify a blocked site and permit access upon request, something which is very valuable to our teaching staff when they need access to a blocked site for a lesson. This is all done quickly and easily with very little IT time required leaving the team available for more pressing IT tasks.”

The reporting functionality is utilised heavily at the school and is fundamental to its ongoing Internet access programme.  Daily and weekly reports are scheduled to look for anomalies.  More information is available from lots of different types of reports included in the Bloxx appliance as standard with drill down capabilities to look at specific situations, users or Web sites. “I get an immediate email notification if anyone is attempting to use the Web inappropriately so that I can take fast action to limit any impact on the individual or the school. We can also quickly create reports as required if a staff member is concerned about a particular student’s access,” details Clare.

Clare concludes, “We are delighted with the dramatically improved protection and control we have over all Internet access at the school.  We are sure that student productivity has increased, as we can now keep them on task having greatly reduced access to gaming and other social sites they were previously accessing at any time through anonymous proxies.”
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