8e6 Technologies showcased its internet filtering and reporting programs, which help school IT chiefs combat the ongoing challenges of students trying to skirt their school’s filtering systems. 8e6 stays in contact with its customers, helping them solve sometimes complex problems such as anonymous proxy attacks that can damage internet filtering systems or hog bandwidth–making it nearly impossible for other network users to use the internet efficiently, the company says.
Big Web Apps has developed help-desk tools for everyone in a school building, from network technicians to administrators and teachers with minimal computer training. And in the coming months, Big Web Apps reportedly will introduce an online asset management system that will let school officials track everything from pencils to hard drives. The company’s help-desk software keeps tabs on priority levels and job statuses of help tickets submitted by faculty and staff.
Content Watch’s ContentProtect Security Appliance is designed to help educators block access to video games and other unauthorized applications on school computers, preserving internet bandwidth and keeping students on task while shielding schools from anonymous proxy attacks. The security software lets teachers see who is logged on and how much bandwidth they’re using–often a sign that students are on YouTube rather than the educational site suggested by their teacher. ContentProtect also sends users automated reports alerting them of any incoming network attacks.
InternetSafety.com promoted EtherShield, its internet content control solution that filters objectionable content; blocks and monitors programs such as instant messaging, chat, and file sharing; provides usage reports; and more.
Lightspeed Systems, a provider of security software for schools, said it has integrated with Eagle Software’s Aeries Student Information System to display student internet activity within Aeries SIS reports, Thinkronize’s netTrekker d.i. to ensure that each safe search result is accessible, and NComputing’s desktop virtualization solution to provide user authentication and security. Lightspeed’s software sends users a report for suspicious search requests, so administrators, school counselors, and teachers can see if students are searching for key phrases that might indicate a security threat.
NetOp displayed the latest version of its internet software, Netfilter 5.0, with added features such as "Follow Me" technology with internet protection for computers both in and out of network range. The software will continue to use dynamic internet filtering, NetOp said, which analyzes web sites for offensive or dangerous text, images, and behaviors, blocking those found to be offensive.
SchoolDude.com offers a web-based suite of IT operations solutions that require only a reliable internet connection, a computer, and a web browser. Rather than overseeing a drawn-out, weeks-long installation process, SchoolDude technicians require a few hours to implement SchoolDude’s efficient web operations system, the company says. This system includes applications for managing technology assets, help-desk support, and more. SchoolDude also offers an eye-catching service program, guaranteeing reliable applications and support that is always available.