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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Since 2014, we’ve had a growth of 2000% in Q1 bookings including 36 months of well over 100% year-over-year growth. These latest numbers set the stage for the realization of the company’s founding vision – which is ubiquitous child safety both at school and at home.
2017 Progress So Far
Q1 2017 growth numbers represented 150% year-over-year growth in bookings and included several marquee customers coming on board Securly’s cloud-based platform which now forms the network substrate of over 5000 schools. Hundreds of these schools have already signed up to be early adopter “partners” of Securly’s first-in-industry parent portal. Securly’s weekly email reports and parent portal are already being consumed by tens of thousands of parents on a weekly basis.
The People Behind the Progress
To help fulfill our vision, we have attracted a world class sales team with decades of collective experience selling web filtering into K-12 schools. Our team is led by Anders Johnsson – Securly’s VP of Sales. Johnsson brings to Securly nearly 20 years of combined experience co-founding and managing web filter companies in education and leading sales operations teams. It was precisely Securly’s vision of parental involvement in student safety that drew him to Securly, says Johnsson. “Securly’s continued commitment to equipping schools for 1:1 cloud-based web filtering and student safety challenges, has come at just the right time. With increasing complexities of filtering and Digital Citizenship initiatives on the upswing, our parent portal, and student safety features are demonstrating to schools that Securly is the right partner. I am proud to be part of this talented team that is innovating and leading the charge in online student safety.”
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We 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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Introducing our next Webinar topic – keeping your students from getting around the web filter and how a layer 7 firewall can help! Our very own Brandon Duckworth will share his expertise on the following:
- Application filtering necessities and the ability to block applications at the protocol level
- How to keep students from using VPNs and Tor
- The importance of pairing your web filtering solution with a solid Application firewall
- Reasons why traditional network firewalls can’t properly defend applications
This free webinar will take place on May 25, 2017 at 11AM PST. To secure your seat, please register here.
And don’t forget, Webinar #3 is right around the corner! In this month’s webinar, you’ll learn how Securly’s Duckle-Oh-Seven (aka Brandon Duckworth) helps our customers every day with common-sense networking approaches that keep your BYOD network secure. This event will take place on April 27, 2017 at 11AM PST. If you haven’t already, please register here as soon as possible as space is limited!
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Every month, a Securly specialist delves deep into a different high-priority topic in K-12 cybersafety and answers your questions in an interactive 30-minute webinar session. In Webinar #2, our very own Group Policy and MDM Jedi Brandon Duckworth explains different types of DNS architecture used by schools and various MDM (Mobile Device Management) solutions to keep students from getting around your filters.
Here’s what we covered in Webinar #2:
- DNS Architecture Types
- Single Server vs Dual Server
- Cascade (Large Data Center)
- Deployment of SSL certificates using GPO (?)
- MDM solutions
- DEP Mode vs. Non-Managed
- Best practices
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Webinars occur at the end of the month and are open to everyone, free of charge. Webinar #3 –BYOD & Guest Network Best Practices– will take place on April 27, 2017 at 11AM PST. Register here.
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