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Filtering

We have a range of filtering options available, including web filtering, email filtering and transparent filtering.

Application Service Providers

emPSN offer a range of suppliers for email, email filtering, web filtering, web hosting, IDP and other services. Schools can buy an integrated package; connectivity and a fixed set of services or they can choose a pick and mix approach. There is also the option of buying connectivity from emPSN suppliers and purchasing services from outside the framework or using in-house ones.

Schools can contract directly with our suppliers or take the emPSN Direct option and buy through emPSN

Capita Webfiltering (Ad Linked)

Product Description:

This service provides URL content filtering based on the Netsweeper platform, preventing unsuitable content from entering the network. The service benefits from easy management via a redundant GUI front end. The service is based on a standard set of policies containing appropriate categorised URLs. This permits users/sites to be assigned against the appropriate policies and therefore access only to the relevant level of internet content. Inappropriate or undesirable content is managed via automated categorisation content control engines synchronised with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) list.

This service also offers links to the local Active Directory to provide filtering groups based on Local Active Directory groups.
Capita has worked closely with the emPSN and the provider of the core network to ensure that the Webshield is an “on-net” service. The network connectivity and proxy servers are physically located within the region, in one of the established networked data centres. A delegated access model, ensures relevant access is granted to relevant members of an organisation ensuring only authorised personnel are able to make changes to filtering policies. Not all customers will take local control of filtering, in which case the service is fully automated and requires little attention beyond initial setup, especially when used with User Based Filtering. If particular sites are over-blocked, a request can be made to the Capita Service Desk to request access to such sites.

For User Based Filtering there are 4 standard policies in place (SP will from time-to-time add more standard policies.

Dependencies:

•    Peer from WAN provider into SP with ability to see source address of requests. i.e no NAT address translation between edge sites and Webshield.
•    Subscription to the SIMS ID service for user based filtering
•    Proxy server configuration of client machines
•    A suitable internet feed from the WAN provider or bandwidth from the SP internet feed
•    Browsers compatibility and any known limitations refer to browser requirements
•    Access to Local Active Directory
•    Service provision is subject to due diligence and acceptance by SP of the suitability of the site/ user and there data and systems to use the service.

Capita Webshield Webfiltering (Site or UBF)

Product Description

This service provides URL content filtering based on the Netsweeper platform, preventing unsuitable content from entering the network. The service benefits from easy management via a redundant GUI front end. The service is based on a standard set of policies containing appropriate categorised URLs. This permits users/sites to be assigned against the appropriate policies and therefore access only to the relevant level of internet content. Inappropriate or undesirable content is managed via automated categorisation content control engines synchronised with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) list.

Capita has worked closely with the emPSN and the provider of the core network to ensure that the Webshield is an “on-net” service. The network connectivity and proxy servers are physically located within the region, in one of the established networked data centres. A delegated access model, ensures relevant access is granted to relevant members of an organisation ensuring only authorised personnel are able to make changes to filtering policies.

Dependencies

• Peer from WAN provider into SP with ability to see source address of requests. i.e no nat address translation between edge sites and Webshield
• Proxy server configuration of client machines
• A suitable internet feed from the WAN provider or bandwidth from the SP internet feed
• Browsers compatibility and any known limitations refer to browser limits
• Service provision is subject to due diligence and acceptance by SP of the suitability of the site/ user and there data and systems to use the service

eSafety4schools Web Filtering

eSafety4schools delivers a comprehensive Web Filtering product directly to schools either over their existing Internet connection or via an LA network such as emPSN. The installation process takes 30 minutes & for primary schools 3 polices staff/pupils/SMT will be immediately set up and working. For Secondary schools AD integration is provided as standard thus allowing Web Filtering rules to be set up against each AD group. The school itself and/or its 3rd party support company (or LA) will be given administration access to an easy to use management interface.

From the interface the existing Web Filtering rules can be amended to suit the school and its Internet Usage Policy, you are in control. eSafety4schools will recommend which categories be allowed and which be denied but ultimately it is the Headteacher or Safeguarding officers decision.

Once set up the school can utilise the extensive pre-configured canned reports of ‘Top Allow site/Top Denied sites” etc, or build and schedule their own bespoke reports using the management interface, which can also be used to create unique deny pages with the school logo/colours & AUP eSafety4schools will assist you every step of the way from deciding which categories to add to the Web Filtering Rules for Pupils and staff to which weekly reports to run, feel free to call us for advise or assistance at any time.

Iboss Web Filtering as Standard
Every Secondary school’s connection supplied by eSafety4schools comes with iboss Secure Web Gateway and Advanced Threat Protection as standard. Iboss is the leading supplier of Web Filtering in the USA, and was recently the only Secure Web Gateway product to be rated as “Visionary’ by Gartner researchers.

eSafety4schools is the only iboss education MSP, and their trained team will work with the school from POC to full deployment and will always be at the end of the phone to support you.

As the Secure Web Gateway through which all TCP/IP traffic flows means iboss has so much more to offer than just traditional Web Filtering – which it does extremely well and thoroughly. From real-time intrusion, malware and virus protection to a single pane of glass view of the threats and users attempts to circumvent security by using evasive protocol, iboss puts the school totally in control of its network. Easy to set rules and unparalleled security features & functionality gives schools enterprise level protection for education budgets.

Netsweeper Transparent Filtering

Product Description

emPSN are pleased to introduce the next generation of web content filtering available to all schools with emPSN internet connectivity. With transparent filtering Netsweeper continues to develop education focused solutions to help schools meet and exceed UK Prevent and Keeping Children Safe in Education requirements mandated by OFSTED.

Benefits to your school

  • No hardware or software required onsite at the schools, managed entirely in the Cloud
  • More granular control of BYOD and Guest devices with specific policies customisable
  • Setup within 24 hours for a better internet browsing experience
  • Per user reports and alerts set up to bolster safeguarding strategies for Prevent
  • Education platform for growth for managing multiple schools from a single pane of glass
  • Cost effective, no expensive hardware onsite, per user subscription
  • Scalable to accommodate increasing internet speeds and avoiding hardware bottlenecks
  • No Proxy settings, configured from the router to filter and protect all devices on the network
  • A solution for Chromebooks, iPads, Macs, Android and Window Devices

How it works

Netsweeper has engineered transparent filtering to be setup with minimal amount of work for your school and by making minor adjustments to the router in the school you receive education based filtering.

By creating a GRE tunnel Netsweeper delivers transparent filtering from the Cloud without a need for proxy settings. Captive portals can be setup for Guest users to ensure they are appropriately filtering when arriving at the school premises.

Get a quote

If you are interested in filtering options for your school, MAT or public organisation, contact us to request a quote.