8e6 Technologies, a provider of appliance-based internet filtering, internet monitoring, and reporting solutions, offered its R3000 web filtering solution this year at NECC. The R3000 is a one-stop filtering solution that 8e6 says addresses all the concerns of internet-assisted learning, in addition to integrating easily in any existing network infrastructure. The company says the R3000 frees IT managers from the constant requirement to manage filtering and reporting functions. R3000 is a single appliance with all the hardware and software to lock down Google and Yahoo SafeSearch so students cannot disable the safe-mode functionality. The device recognizes and filters a comprehensive range of internet protocols, including URL and IP addresses, FTP, HTTP/HTTPS, and NNTP (newsgroups). It can also be programmed to trigger on a wide range of file types, including MP3, JPEG, and MPEG. 8e6 says the device combines artificial intelligence and human expertise to ensure comprehensive, up-to-date coverage. High-speed utilities collect web sites around the clock, so there’s virtually no chance a URL that should be blocked gets by, the company says. As a result, 8e6 has built a database of several million sites, organized into 90 categories. IT and security managers are permitted to add or delete sites as needed. The company says IT managers can gain access to all the functionalities of the web filter from any PC on their network through a browser-based graphical user interface.

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