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Filtering

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

Filtering Options

It is essential your internet connection includes a filtering option. Filtering ensures you can provide the school-specific level of safeguarding and security for your broadband connection for students and staff.

Filtering Type Price
Standard From £1.61 per user*
Transparent From £2.32 per user*

*Subject to set up costs. Other options available on request. Please contact us for a quote.

What is transparent filtering?

Transparent filtering does not require proxy settings within client browsers to be enabled. This makes it simple and quick to enable and implement because there is no client browser configuration necessary. This means you can use transparent filtering with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

What is standard filtering?

Standard filtering requires the browser to be configured to use or look for a proxy server. This means there is some initial setup but this can offer a huge amount of flexibility.

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.

Find our more about the application services we offer in our More than an internet connection leaflet.

Ark Filtering

Product Description

Working directly with our partners Netsweeper, Ark ICT Solutions can offer their full Netsweeper product range.

Netsweeper have provided content filtering into the education market for over 18 years and currently filter the networks of approximately 6000 schools across the UK. Delivered from within the emPSN network the Netsweeper cloud solution has been built and scaled for high resiliency and redundancy so there is no single point of failure.

Schools can benefit from per user filtering and tailored reports specifically for the ‘Prevent’ categories that are ‘hate speech’, ‘weapons’, ‘criminal skills’ and ‘extreme’. Read more about this.

Netsweeper can be provisioned in minutes exactly how the school requires. An easy to use portal allows the school working with Ark ICT to deploy web filtering exactly as they want, from the composition of the user groups to the number of policies to be applied to each group and the type and amount of Internet usage reports generated. Combining Ark ICT’s knowledge of the school and the Netsweeper products schools can be certain to meet Ofsted’s requirements for optimum e-safety compliance with flexible, secure web content filtering. Netsweeper delivers four key benefits: high levels of site blocking, elements of admin functions easily managed in-house to empower staff, frequent reporting with user and site access details and easy integration for all school users.

Benefits

  • Netsweeper protects all users immediately and is highly customisable to suit the schools needs and offers excellent value for money.
  • Premium reporting technology embedded that offers canned reports and custom report creation.
  • Transparent filtering available with no proxy settings necessary.
  • Perfected ability to identify anonymous proxies.
  • YouTube for Schools can be allowed and controlled by Netsweeper.

Prices

Prices start from £2.00 per user per year, plus set up costs.

Capita Web Filtering

Capita Web Filtering (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 (AD) 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 (UBF). 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 Web Filtering (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.

EAC Network Solutions Filtering

Web Titan Web Filtering

WebTitan provides an advanced yet easy to use DNS-based Web Filtering solution to protect your school, teachers and pupils when online. In real-time, it secures and protects your school from online threats such as malware, phishing, botnets and malicious sites. WebTitan blocks over 300,000 malware and ransomware websites every single day and our real-time live database contains three million malicious sites at any given time.

WebTitan can be set up quickly protecting your school in minutes and provides advanced threat protection at source driven by the power of both AI and machine learning. This provides a vital layer of malware and ransomware protection before pupils can ever access malicious URL’s.

Sonicwall Web Filtering

Get the security you need at the speed you expect. Protect your network from the core to the perimeter with industry-validated security effectiveness and performance. The SonicWall Network Security appliance (NSa) Firewall series consolidates automated advanced threat prevention technologies in a next-generation firewall (NGFW) platform. It is built on a multi-core hardware architecture featuring 10-GbE and 2.5-GbE interfaces.

The NSa series scales to meet the performance demanded by schools, colleges & universities. NSa series firewalls feature cloud-based and on-box capabilities such as web filtering, TLS/SSL decryption and inspection, application intelligence and control, real-time visualisation and WLAN management.

eSafety4schools Web Filtering

Product Description

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.

Prices

Prices start from £3.00 per user per year, plus set up costs.

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.

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.

Benefits

  • 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

Prices

Ark provisions Netsweeper Transparent Filtering and service support:

Prices start from £2.32 per user per year, plus set up costs.

Get A Quote

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