With schools increasingly taking up academy status to free themselves from local authority rule, decisions over IT procurement have become a refreshing challenge to improve pupils’ learning. This new flexibility has led to a demand for increased support and guidance on technology that can protect against advanced security threats and BYOD (bring your own device) popularity and convenience.
Dan Joslin, IT Manager at Sweyne Park School, explains: “Getting the balance right between pupil trust and security is a real challenge with IT; so having the freedom over what we can allow pupils to do, knowing we can closely monitor their activity and prevent them from searching for explicit content, is a real benefit. We find that this approach greatly improves accountability and creates a mature culture which pupils respect.
“We can now trial iPads with sixth formers and safeguard their activity without locking down capabilities, meaning pupils no longer have a reason to seek security work-arounds. Respect between pupils, teachers, the school and equipment can only become a reality with this flexible approach offered
by iboss Network Security. With optimised bandwidth we can also address issues created by multiple devices on the network and tackle our need for speed.”
Neustro Consulting suggested the iboss Secure Web Gateway to Sweyne Park IT staff so they could gain comprehensive visibility across all data channels on the network and filter everything from malware to viruses. Using integrated BYOD management it can address personal devices by enforcing policies and securing them against malware, botnets and data loss. With its bandwith management functionality, the school also benefits from increased internet speed and access to critical applications.
Richard Moore, Education Director EMEIA, iboss Network Security said: “The leap towards the digital classroom has left educators struggling to connect enhanced learning with security. Going out on their own, academies need technology in place that provides increased control and visibility combined with the support and guidance of those close to their needs.”
“We aim to move a significant part of our business into the education sector and support schools like The Sweyne Park to improve network control, optimise IT budgets and ultimately become self-sufficient. This is ultimately down to the strong relationship with Neustro Consulting, a key iboss reseller working closely to support the academy.”
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