Internet security is high on Local Authority agendas, especially highlighted since the government launched a major e-safety initiative designed to protect children online in 2006.
Following enhanced government guidance to all local authorities in 2006, Warwickshire County Council decided that they needed to increase their Internet monitoring and filtering capabilities to improve security and to meet new accreditation standards for Internet filtering and monitoring. “We needed a technology solution that would help us implement an effective Internet child-safety system in the schools,” says Chris Page, Technical Development Manager, ICT Development Service (ICTDS). “For example, if a child was in an online chat room and was being targeted by a child predator, an Internet filter would not stop that. We needed an easy-to-monitor system to work alongside filtering to detect and report these types of events. We didn’t have anything in place to do that.”
What they wanted was user authentication to enable logging; category-based URL filtering to block inappropriate and unknown sites; and client-based monitoring to capture the creation and display of inappropriate content in any application. With a new security solution, based on ISA Server 2006, they have simplified deployment and centralised their IT security management capabilities. The solution also reduces costs for the Local Authority and provides virtual private networking capabilities, as well as solid integration with its existing IT infrastructure.
There's a lot more to read about in the case study, which contains useful information whether you're thinking at a local authority level, regional broadband level or just as an individual school.