Securly Announces Partnership with CTL, a Leading Manufacturer of Chromebooks for K-12 Schools

This press release was originally made by CTL. To read the full release, please visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12533722.htm

CTL®, manufacturer of the rugged drop and water resistant CTL Education Chromebook, announced their partnership with Securly, the world’s leading cloud-based provider of Internet Security for K-12 schools from the OETC IntegratED and OETC AcceleratED conferences today. The CTL® Education Chromebook with Securly will help school IT Administrators meet the requirements of the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA compliance) by offering a dashboard summary of student activity as well as a full audit trail of websites students have either visited or been blocked from accessing. By implementing the CTL® Education Chromebook with Securly in their 1:1 programs, IT staff and educators will be better able to manage and secure the students online screen time both in school and at home.

“CTL Education products are designed to provide the best Return on Investment for our school customers” Says Mike Mahanay, CTL’s Chief Marketing Officer. “By offering Securly on products such as our CTL Education Chromebook, we help our education customers with CIPA compliance at no additional cost”.

Securly is used on over 100,000 Chromebooks in over 500 schools in the US. Securly is the first web filter that has been designed from the ground up for schools providing internet safety for kids. It is completely cloud based, requires minimal set up time and is cost effective. Securly solves the problem of “over blocking” in schools by allowing educators to safely use 21st century instructional tools such as Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom. The CTL Education Chromebook with Securly will allow teachers to obtain historical information about how students have been spending their time in class. Using the easy-to-read dashboard, teachers can quickly determine if a student has been browsing school-approved web content. In the event that a student is off task, the teacher now has the ability to intervene and take appropriate action. Securly’s web monitoring features save teachers time, allowing them to focus their attention on providing the best possible learning experience for their students.

The company has recently released “Securly for Parents”, the first product to give parents a bird’s eye view of their child’s life online, both in school and at home. Securly for Parents, which will be also be available on the CTL Education Chromebook, will keep parents informed and engaged in the learning process. Securly for Parents weekly reports make it easy for parents to manage their children’s online time, including search history, social networks and the people they are interacting with. Parents can protect their children from inappropriate content, online predators, identity theft, and cyber-bullying by using Securly’s granular reporting capabilities and real-time alerts.

Read our blog post ‘Internet Safety For Kids: CTL Offers Educators Cloud Internet Security on Chromebooks for CIPA Compliance’ to learn more about the CTL Education Chromebook with Securly and view a video of Securly’s Analytics Dashboard.

About CTL:
Founded in 1989, CTL® designs and manufactures computer products including desktop and mobile workstations, LED Monitors, and high performance servers. CTL® also manufactures specialty devices including ruggedized tablets, slates, and digital sign solutions. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in Asia, CTL® and their partners supply North American consumers, government agencies, and many of the most recognized corporate brands. Buy CTL at http://www.CTL.net or learn About CTL at http://www.CTL.info.

About Securly:
Securly is the world’s leading provider of cloud based analytics and 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.

The Power of Positive Web Filtering [Guest Blog Post]

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By Andrew Schwab

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Since June we have been using the Securly web filtering solution. It is a truly cloud-based solution with no on-premise equipment and very tight integration with Google Apps for Education. I’m told LDAP integration is coming soon but for us, that hasn’t been a deal breaker since most of our users are on Mac or ChromeOS. With IP based policies being rolled into the UI and a basically infinite ability to scale to meet our future bandwidth needs, Securly is a solution that continues to evolve right along with us.

In comparing Securly to the major web filtering players in the education space, I think it is fair to say that they have a different philosophy about web filtering than most. In the screen shot above, which I freaking love by the way, you can see stats for student web access. Not blocked pages, which they have a view for too, but sites kids are actually using. In our case, as we begin having discussions about wether Newsela is a service we want to pursue as a district standard, we now have compelling data telling us that it’s already being widely used and is in fact our most accessed web site on a weekly basis. The above dashboard is a very simple thumbs up view versus a thumbs down view of our district’s web activity but it goes to the heart of what Securly is about. Providing a web filtering solution for education. This is a relatively recent update to the UI (one that I hope finds it’s way over to the audit trail reports sooner rather than later).

As I’ve said before, I have yet to meet a web filter that did everything I wanted it to do and did it easy. OpenDNS and Untangle still hold a sentimental place for me but Securly is fast becoming the easiest, most classroom friendly web filter I’ve ever used. Particularly in GAFEland. It’s not perfect, but whenever we start discussing other options, we keep coming back to the simple administration, tight Google Apps integration and no on-prem box features that set Securly apart.

I always looked down at web filtering as something that we had to do to be CIPA compliant in schools even if it hampered the learning process in classrooms. Lets be honest and admit that web filtering in the past was all about compliance and limitations and never worked well for the classroom teacher, no matter how hard we tried. With the rise of devices, web filters that over block and don’t allow for teacher judgement have become major impediments to learning. I always believed, and still firmly do, that educating kids (and teachers too) about proper internet etiquette, search and effective use of the web was more powerful than any filter could ever be, but thanks to Securly, I now see a positive use for the (mandatory) web filter that I never did before.

Full disclosure. I’m a fan and Securly didn’t pay me to say so.

*FYI – We can now set Force Login to Google Apps per IP Policy. Yay!

Note: This post first appeared on anotherschwab.com. To read the original post, please visit http://anotherschwab.com/2015/02/07/the-power-of-positive-web-filtering/