Texas District Deploys Internet Management, Monitoring

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Llano Independent School District in Texas has signed on with security provider Cymphonix to deploy appliance-based network filtering and management district-wide.

According to the district, it had been suffering from an inability to combat anonymous proxies and was also unable to identify which users were doing what. So it installed the Cymphonix Network Composer DC30X, which automatically maintains a list of anonymous proxies and scans content for anonymous proxy activity.

"We needed a level of punitive measures that we could impose on students we considered regular Internet abusers. While we didn't want to completely eliminate the student's ability to access the Web for fear of directly affecting school related projects, we are able to control which sites, and at what speeds, the offender could access material," said Jim Beasley, technology director for Llano ISD, in a prepared statement released by Cymphonix. "It's great because I can quickly identify students who require disciplinary action by their user name instead of IP addresses, which obviously vary from one computer to the next. When you're dealing with hundreds of public access points, how can you beat that?"

The appliance is also being used to control bandwidth usage and define prioritization for Web sites accessed through the network.

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