Securly Becomes National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion

Securly today announced that it has become a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2014, joining a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations and non-profit organizations to promote online safety awareness.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As an official Champion, Securly recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity and online safety, particularly for the population of K-12 students that it serves.

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. This year marks the 11th year of NCSAM.

As part of Securly’s NCSAM efforts, it will be posting one tweet per day (follow @SecurlyInc on Twitter) about tips on digital safety and cyberbullying. As October also marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, Securly will be making several announcements and new releases in the coming weeks, including a new offering for schools called “Bullying Detection and Sentiment Analysis”.

“Cyber security is at the core of our mission statement and we’re very proud to be a NCSAM Champion”, says Bharath Madhusudan, Co-founder and CTO of Securly. “It’s vital to protect students from harmful or inappropriate content, but it’s also important to give them access to important educational tools like Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia. That’s why we’ve designed our web filter to incorporate features like Safe Search and YouTube Safety Mode.”

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the #NCSAM hashtag on Twitter throughout the month.

About Securly
Securly is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security for K-12 schools. The founding team has a combined 20+ years of experience in the network security space. The company is a venture backed startup in Silicon Valley and serves hundreds of schools in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Now in its 11th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since President Obama’s proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam or www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

Securly Provides Unified Filtering Solution for West Contra Costa USD

Santa Clara, CA

Securly, Inc. – the world’s leading cloud-based provider of Internet Security for K-12 schools – today announced it will provide unified web filtering to West Contra Costa USD, a suburban California district that serves over 30,000 students.

As West Contra Costa prepared to implement a new take-home 1:1 program and Common Core initiatives, it would first need to upgrade its network infrastructure. In particular, the district required an increase in its bandwidth downlink from 1GB to 2GB, with an anticipated jump to 10GB not too far ahead. Scaling with their existing appliance-based solution would be a challenge, as this required a costly and time-consuming hardware upgrade. Moreover, an appliance posed the risk of becoming a choke point in the network as the district planned to scale its take-home program.

West Contra Costa USD is a California district serving over 30,000 students

West Contra Costa USD is a California district serving over 30,000 students

Mary Phillips, Chief Technology Officer of West Contra Costa, explains how Securly’s cloud-based, unified offering was precisely the solution she had envisioned. “I kept wondering why we couldn’t implement a cloud-based filtering solution and began to investigate this possibility”, says Phillips. “The cloud approach would alleviate the need for new hardware and would solve the challenge of filtering students’ tablets as they went off-site. In addition, Securly was designed for schools and thus understands our unique environment. For example, it was important for us to provide differentiated policies for teachers and students. Securly was easily and effectively able to address this requirement”.

About Securly:
Securly is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security for K-12 schools. The founding team has a combined 20+ years of experience in the network security space. The company is a venture backed startup in Silicon Valley and serves hundreds of schools in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.