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New Jersey High School Takes Network Security to the Cloud
High Point Regional High School in Sussex, NJ has moved its network security system to the cloud.
Administrators found that the school was becoming increasingly dependent on technology but that it couldn't sustain the cost and administration of year-to-year hardware, support, and subscription purchases, according to information from the school. They began the process of looking for an enhanced network security system that could protect the technology systems for the school's 1,100 students, faculty, and administration while also laying a foundation for next generation education delivery platforms, such as iPads and other tablets.
"As a school system we are pressed from many angles: increased Internet usage, evolving threats, and constantly shrinking budgets. We also wear many hats, so we can't be experts in everything," said Thane Young, technology coordinator for High Point Regional High School, in a prepared statement.
After an extensive search, the school selected Bat Blue Networks' cloud-based Security-as-a-Service system, Cloud/Sec. Cloud/Sec is designed to replace dozens of disparate technologies. It offers application security, URL filtering, antivirus, antimalware, and protection from other Internet-based threats and can support multiple sites, remote users, and mobile devices. Because the solution is cloud-based, it does not require hardware or implementation costs, and it doesn't require a subscription.
Key features of Cloud/Sec include:
- Single, global security policy for all of an organization's sites, applications, users, devices, and cloud instances;
- Inbound and outbound security protection for all of an organization's assets and data as a single service;
- Visibility, control, and threat management for all applications, ports, and protocols;
- Ability to block malware, spyware, and other Internet-based threats;
- Ability to alert, block, or allow access by specific URL site categories or file types;
- Ability to decrypt encrypted content, scan it for malware, and then re-encrypt it for delivery, without exposing unencrypted content on-the-wire;
- Round-the-clock support services; and
- Granular blocking capabilities to identify specific search engine services, as well as anonymization and obfuscation to maintain privacy and security.
Further information about Cloud/Sec is available on the Bat Blue Networks site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.