BETHESDA, MD–October 31, 2006–Fidelis Security Systems, the authority on extrusion prevention, today announced that Orange County Public Schools in Florida has selected the Fidelis Extrusion Prevention System®, Fidelis XPS™, to protect privacy-sensitive information, including personally identifiable information (PII) of students and proprietary administrative data, and enforce the school district’s Acceptable Use Policies (AUP). Fidelis XPS is the only system able to identify and stop data leakages before they occur.
“We had a growing concern over the potential of PII and information proprietary to the district being disclosed without permission,” said Charles Thompson, CIO, Orange County Public Schools. “At the same time, although we have a strict AUP in place, we had limited visibility to track, trace and stop violations of these policies. ”
Legislation such as FERPA, the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act designed to protect personally identifiable information (PII) of students, and CIPA, the Children’s Internet Protection Act to protect students from access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers, are requiring school systems nationwide to review their policies and take action, despite limited resources. Fidelis XPS is a network appliance that includes a range of pre-built policies to deliver out-of-the-box extrusion prevention specific to an organization’s requirements without increasing staff.
During a 30-day evaluation period of Fidelis XPS, OCPS gained the visibility and granularity of control to capture sessions that were questionable and raise them into a discussion about how to change their policies. Rather than speculating that violations or leakages might be occurring, they were able to identify specific instances and address them instantly to increase the protection of the approximately 177,000 students in the district.
Fidelis XPS prevents data leakage across all channels on all ports on the network at gigabit speeds. A uniquely powerful rules-based approach to identifying privacy-sensitive information eliminates the need for time-consuming and unreliable data registration. Additional pre-built policies identify and block any session if an acceptable use policy has been violated, in real time. Organizations can manage and enforce policies regarding use of the network with an unprecedented granularity of control–manage and monitor channels, attachments, file types, and even specific content.
“We are committed to addressing the unique challenges school systems face today in balancing the power of the Internet to enhance education, with the very real risks it can present,” said Timothy Sullivan, CEO of Fidelis Security Systems. “We are extremely pleased that Fidelis XPS withstood the rigors of one of the largest public school districts in the country, meeting their strict requirements for visibility and granularity of control to become Orange County Public School’s extrusion prevention system of choice.”
About Fidelis Security Systems
Since 2002, Fidelis Security Systems has been committed to giving organizations the power to protect their brand, intellectual property and resources by stopping data leakage. Based on patent-pending proprietary technology, the Fidelis Extrusion Prevention System, or Fidelis XPS is the only system able to identify and stop data leakages before they occur. Organizations choose Fidelis XPS to solve their biggest data leakage challenges–protecting intellectual property and identity information, assuring compliance with government and industry privacy regulations, and managing insider use of the internet. To learn more about Fidelis XPS, the industry’s only Extrusion Prevention System that delivers comprehensive control, the fastest performance, and lowest total cost of ownership, visit www.fidelissecurity.com.