There are a number of web filtering options available, although cloud based web filtering for schools is usually the most cost-effective and practical solution for controlling the content that can be accessed via wired and wireless networks.
A hardware-based web filtering appliance can be used to control the website content that can be accessed by staff and students, although multiple appliances are likely to be required by state school districts and the upfront costs of purchasing the equipment can be considerable. Further, if the number of users increases, it may be necessary to upgrade appliances resulting in even more expenditure.
Hardware-based appliances also need to be maintained. Over time, firmware upgrades are likely to be required and IT staff must be on site to perform those tasks.
Cloud based web filters on the other hand require no hardware purchases, as the solution is hosted in the cloud. That also means there is no need to install any software. To start controlling accessible website content all that is required is for the school’s DNS to be pointed to the solution provider. This process typically takes a couple of minutes.
Without any hardware or software installations, there is no need for IT staff to be on site. If any upgrades are required, they are performed by the solution provider. Cloud-based filters therefore have a low management overhead and there is less wastage compared to appliance-based solutions. Cloud based web filtering for schools is paid for by purchasing licenses based on the number of users.
Why is Cloud Based Web Filtering for Schools Necessary?
Internet content control is a requirement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). If a technical solution is not put in place to prevent obscene images from being accessed, schools will not be eligible to apply for E-Rate discounts. It is also a mandatory requirement for public-funded schools in many states.
Cloud based web filtering for schools is also an important cybersecurity protection. Blacklists of phishing websites and sites known to host malware can easily be uploaded. Any time a user attempts to respond to a phishing email or visit a malicious website, the request will be blocked. Some web filtering solutions also inspect encrypted web traffic offering an additional level of protection against web-based cyber-threats.
- Cloud-based web filters are much simpler to install and configure than software or hardware based solutions.
- Our versatile and easy-to-use cloud-based web filters support all types of network and operating systems.
- Protect your students from exposure to inappropriate content in compliance with CIPA and state legislation.
- Defend your network against web-borne threats such as malware and ransomware, while mitigating the threat of phishing.
School Cloud-Based Web Filtering Solutions from WebTitan
WebTitan offers powerful, versatile and easy-to use cloud based web filtering for schools and educational institutions of all sizes.
WebTitan Cloud and WebTitan Cloud for WiFi allow schools to carefully control the website content accessible through their wired and wireless networks. All devices are supported, there is no impact on Internet speed, and the solutions are highly scalable. Both solutions can be installed and configured in a matter of minutes.
A highly intuitive web-based interface allows administrators to apply acceptable usage policies quickly, with three methods of content control – Blacklists, category filtering and keyword filtering. Highly granular controls reduce the potential for over-blocking of website content and place schools in total control of the content that can be accessed by users.
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Both solutions are available to educational institutions on a thirty-day free trial. During the trial, schools have access to the full product and benefit from customer and technical support for the full thirty days. No contracts are required, credit card details do not need to be supplied, and there is no obligation to continue with the service at the end of the trial. If you do decide to proceed, you can take advantage of our flexible and highly competitive pricing policy.
If you have any questions about cloud based web filtering for schools or would like more information about WebTitan Cloud or WebTitan Cloud for WiFi, contact us today.