Auditor Serves 200 School Districts Within Two Weeks of Launch

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The numbers are in! Within two weeks, our new product “Auditor by Securly” already served 200 school districts. Auditor is a free tool that helps schools detect signs of bullying and self-harm on Google Mail.

Securly launched Auditor this March to help schools ensure the safety of their students by monitoring GMail for messages that are indicative of bullying or self-harm. With G-Suite products becoming instructional tools of choice in K-12 education, students are living in Google Drive and Gmail for their classwork. These tools have augmented Facebook and Twitter as media to perpetuate bullying and declarations of self-harm. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, however, they are not policed by traditional web-filtering solutions.

Auditor currently scans over 500,000 emails and sends out over 100 alerts per day – proof that it is an effective zero-cost solution for K-12 admins who seek to have their students use 21st-century tools while guaranteeing their safety. Keeping Auditor free forever is Securly’s commitment the company’s mission of ubiquitous and affordable student safety.

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The First Anycast DNS, Powered Entirely by Amazon AWS

dns, anycast, internet, server, web filterWe are excited to announce that we are now able to serve our product via Anycast DNS powered entirely by Amazon’s AWS cloud. We are the first in industry to do so.

Our Anycast networking approach contrasts the traditional approach by allowing multiple physically separated web servers on the Internet to share the same IP address. Anycast networking prevents the need for setting up Internet datacenter Points of Presence (POPs) and allows Securly to continue to be 100% cloud-based without the need to lease servers from datacenters and manage both private and public clouds across the globe – a practice previous Anycast DNS players had to pick.

A client’s request is taken to the geographically closest or lowest latency server using core Internet Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) route advertisements. This eliminates the need for CDNs and extends to protocols such as DNS. While CDNs work well for distribution of cached or static web-content, they do not work well with dynamic web content, and simply do not work with other Internet protocols such as DNS.

The availability of Anycast DNS enables Securly to deliver a number of immediate advantages to their global customer base:

  • Simplified deployments: Customers on different clusters no longer have to use different IP addresses.
  • Ability to serve ISPs and access point providers who are location agnostic.
  • Ability to serve mobile users who may travel internationally.
  • Ability to provide fault tolerant uptime even when critical infrastructure fails, by failing over to nearby clusters completely seamless to the customer.

 

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