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Web Filtering and Antispam for Education

With students on your network, you have plenty to worry about when it comes to security. WatchGuard education solutions allow schools and school districts to efficiently and comprehensively implement network security to keep those students safe. We offer affordable solutions that are uncomplicated to deploy and maintain, help ensure you meet compliance standards, and easily scale to accommodate growth.

WatchGuard XTM firewall/VPN solutions put comprehensive security between your education network and malicious threats.

  • Deploy blazing fast, multi-function XTM firewalls with IPSec and SSL VPN capabilities built in
  • Add security subscriptions to boost protection in critical attack areas, stopping spam, inappropriate and dangerous web content, viruses, and other network intrusions
  • Keep social networking sites off limits if you choose, and block IM and P2P applications
  • Control web surfing with teacher overrides - even on HTTPS traffic
  • Ensure only authorized users have access to your valuable resources
  • Track, monitor, and review real-time reports with easy management tools

Network Diagram for Education Security Solution

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Network Traffic Logs – the Key to Network Forensics

All WatchGuard XTM appliances provide a range of network traffic and user authorization logging capabilities. For verbose diagnostics, either syslog or the WatchGuard proprietary formats may be used for collecting network traffic data. In addition, integration with standard network monitoring solutions can be achieved via the XTM SNMP support.

Extensible Threat Management for Education

Extensible threat management (XTM) security solutions from WatchGuard aggregate multiple security measures into a single, easily configurable solution. Choose from a family of these devices, which can be deployed everywhere from individual schools to district or state data centers. XTM protects school data while delivering reliable management, monitoring, logging, and reporting.

Identity Management

With built-in authorization databases or the option of integrating with Active Directory, LDAP or RADIUS, the WatchGuard XTM solutions provide a range of sophisticated user authorization capabilities. This helps to ensure that only authorized students and teachers can access computer and network resources. It also allows school acceptable usage policies to be reinforced by providing detailed control over those applications and services that users are able to access.

Address Content Control

K-12 schools in particular require detailed control of the content that students are allowed to access for CIPA compliance and to meet their Acceptable Usage criteria. WatchGuard WebBlocker security subscription provides detailed URL filtering capabilities on HTTP and HTTPS, with no per user licensing fee.

HTTPS URL filtering helps to eliminate many of the more popular techniques for getting around content filtering. With WatchGuard’s proxy firewall architecture it also possible to prohibit the use of IM and P2P applications, helping to reduce the potential for exposure to harmful content and incoming malware. Combining this content filtering with the ability to prohibit the ingress of malware via the Gateway AntiVirus/Intrusion Prevention Service and spamBlocker security subscriptions provides the ultimate in content control.

Secure Communications

Integrated into all WatchGuard XTM appliances is support for Virtual Private Networks (VPN) via IPSec, which provides secure site-to-site communications. In addition, mobile users have access to secure communications via either IPSec or SSL VPN.

Manage Rogue Endpoints

For wired or wireless networks, WatchGuard XTM appliances can be configured to ensure that only authorized computers are allowed access to the network. The ability to create network zones for wireless networks also provides the maximum in network protection with the flexibility of wireless guest network access.


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WatchGuard XCS for Education

WatchGuard has long been known as a leading provider of unified threat management solutions for education institutions. Recently, WatchGuard expanded its product capabilities by introducing the powerful XCS family of security appliances.

These innovative products focus on email and web content security, spam blocking, and data loss prevention capabilities. Look to WatchGuard XCS for:

  • Enterprise-grade protection against spam and email-borne threats — blocking more that 98% of unwanted email at the connection level with 99.9% accuracy.
  • Data loss prevention [379kb PDF] capabilities that ensure the content of outgoing email messages is in strict accord with your institution's confidentiality policies.
  • Add a Web Security subscription to extend the same protection you have from email intrusions and data loss to all web traffic as well. This includes blogs, wikis, and web-based email services that are a common backdoor for accidental or malicious data loss.
  • An Email Encryption subscription ensures that sensitive data in legitimate outgoing communications is unreadable to prying eyes.
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