With more technology being introduced to schools than ever before issues that haven’t existed in the past are starting to crop up. To be more specific security threats with computers is beginning to become a problem, as technology is expensive and can be easily damaged. So how do you protect your schools hardware, and are you really prepared for this year?
In the past you could just buy any random Anti-Virus and say, “Hey look everyone nothing can break this now.”
Well that’s really not enough anymore. Most of the top experts on cyber security don’t even use Anti-Virus anymore, and the ones that do are forced to by company policy.
It’ just doesn’t really work anymore. There are many reasons why, but what it really comes down to is the age of AV software. It’s been around forever, and it’s not as effective as it was a decade ago. It’s being updated constantly of course, but it’s been around for such a long time that hackers have found ways around it, no matter how clever Anti-Virus scans are. For example there are even free websites to check if your virus will be caught by the common AV scanners.
So how do you protect your school’s computers? Well the main cause for viruses and malware is the user of the computer. If they visit the wrong site, or download a suspicious attachment it can be game over and goodbye to your brand new PCs. With this in mind there is software that can prevent the user from making that mistake in the first place.
It’s called BrowseControl and it’s an internet filter that allows you to block entire categories of websites, or suspicious downloads. It comes with over 100 different categories (updated daily if I may), the ability to block or allow individual websites, as well as a number of other features such as an app blocker, a port filter etc. It’s really the next step in internet security that every school should consider, especially since it fits most school budgets and is used in schools across the globe. If that’s still not enough to convince you then I’d recommend a free 14day trial of the full version of the entire CurrentWare Suite.
Now the CurrentWare Suite also comes with 3 other solutions that will suit the school setting very well. enPowerManager for example allows schools to save energy costs, while making this world a little greener by controlling the power settings on computers. It allows you to set schedules for run time, when they should boot up, sleep, as well as giving you the ability to remotely boot, shut down or set a computer to sleep.
BrowseReporter, another program in the CurrentWare Suite, acts as another money saver as well as a great teaching and security tool. It allows you to monitor and generate reports on your student’s internet browsing activities, as well as monitor the bandwidth usage. You’ll be able to track a student slacking off, and you’ll have irrefutable proof of their shenanigans. It really is a tool that no teacher should go without in the 14st century, and you can try it today for free.
The final product in the Suite is AccessPatrol which allows you to manage endpoint storage. In a language that makes sense it allows you to control USB devices, CDs, etc, so if a student tries to plug their phone into a computer it won’t be given access to any files etc.
All in all the CurrentWare Suite is a must have this school year.
By: Michael Kachaniwsky