Santa Clara, CA
Securly, Inc. – the world’s leading cloud-based provider of Internet Security for K-12 schools – today announced the signing of multi-year contracts with Aspire Public Schools and Summit Public Schools. Two of California’s leading Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) with a total of 19,000 students and staff spread across 40 schools can now benefit from the ease of management and low cost of Securly’s cloud based solution for web-filtering.
It has been pointed out that the needs of Charter Schools are usually distinct from that of public school districts. This is certainly true in the case of web-filtering. Traditional school districts have a hub and spoke model whereby all traffic goes though a single choke-point. This means that these districts can achieve CIPA compliance by deploying a single high capacity appliance. Schools that are managed by CMOs are geographically dispersed. Aspire for example has their 35 schools spread throughout the state of California with some schools in Tennessee as well. Summit on the other hand has near term expansion plans in Washington State. The lack of a hub and spoke necessitates the use of a stand-alone appliance for every single school-site thereby increasing costs dramatically. To make things more complicated, a thinly stretched IT staff is forced to go to remote locations to deploy these appliances. Therefore, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can be quite a bit higher than up-front capital expenditure.
Securly’s cloud based web-filtering solution can be deployed centrally with no need for hardware based appliances. This saves these schools significant amounts of time and money. Says Brian Sullivan, Network Administrator at Aspire Public Schools – “We have used several other enterprise solutions in the past. Some were adequate, and some underperformed. I am happy to report that Securly met and exceeded expectations. Their product scores major points across several categories. It is very easy to use and even easier to implement.”
Before Securly, the only cloud based solutions that charter schools had access to were what might be described as “domain-blockers.” The “all or nothing” approach makes it impossible to secure domains like Google and YouTube which while being de-facto 21st century classroom tools, do contain a lot of content that is inappropriate and distracting. Securly’s industry-first “selective proxy” approach gives schools the best of both worlds – the low-cost and simplicity of a cloud-based solution combined with the functionality of an appliance.
“Securly is delighted to have Aspire and Summit on board as customers. Their setup presents obvious management challenges and we believe that the Securly solution is best positioned to meet these,” said Bharath Madhusudan, co-founder and CTO of Securly.