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Web filtering software gains acclaim from educational agency.

Smoothwall : 28 November, 2007  (New Product)
Guardian product successfully completes test for stringent filtering of web sites containing violent images, pornography, racial slurs, drug promotion and the acquisition of criminal skills.
Web security specialists SmoothWall has been awarded Internet Filtering Product accreditation by the British Education Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA).

Established in 1998, BECTA is responsible for developing and supporting the delivery of ICT resources in schools and other educational establishments. As a Government agency, it sets clear standards for Internet filtering to enable schools to safely buy Internet products and services from accredited suppliers.

To achieve accreditation, web filters must block all illegal content (as defined by the Internet Watch Foundation) and at least 90 per cent of inappropriate content in five categories;.

* Pornographic, adult, tasteless or offensive material.
* Violence (including weapons and bombs).
* Racist, extremist and hate material.
* Illegal drug taking and promotion.
* Criminal skills, proxy avoidance and software piracy.

SmoothWall's Guardian passed BECTA's rigorous testing process with ease, and notably blocked an impressive 100 per cent of content in the pornographic/adult category and 98 per cent of content in the violence category.

George Lungley, Managing Director of SmoothWall stated: "We are delighted to have achieved this accolade. BECTA accreditation proves the strength and safety of our web filters and validates the faith already placed in them by hundreds of education-sector users throughout the UK and overseas."

The secret to SmoothWall's success is Dynamic Content Analysis - a technology that screens the actual content and construction of web pages in detail, identifying and blocking objectionable material as well as dangerous hidden content. It also enables Guardian to detect and block the Anonymous Proxy sites used by students to evade web filters in schools. In addition, all of SmoothWall's web filters incorporate block list content from the Internet Watch Foundation, which is automatically updated on a daily basis.
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