SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2011 – As more schools grapple with the issue of keeping inappropriate Web content at bay while allowing students to bring their own laptops and mobile devices to school, iBoss™ Web Filters (http://www.iboss.com) has come up with a solution. To accommodate schools implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, the provider of filtering technologies for large organizations has expanded its mobile filter technology to authenticate these new users against the directory, regardless of the type of OS they are utilizing.
There are compelling reasons for schools to implement BYOD policies. Budget cuts are widespread, and allowing students and staff to bring devices like BlackBerrys, iPhones, iPads and Androids to school enables schools to cut back on the number of devices they supply. And it’s hard to ignore mounting parent pressure to allow students to bring their own devices to school.
There is a downside to BYOD, however. Because the schools do not own the devices, they cannot preconfigure them or load software onto them to comply with Internet use policies and the Child Internet Protection Act. As a result, schools are forced to pull all users under blanket policies that prevent them from identifying individual users by name.
That’s the problem the new iBoss cross-platform authentication technology addresses. It gives schools the power to force authentication to individual devices, identifying them by user name and filtering staff and student users according to their groups’ policies, without installing or configuring anything on the devices themselves. The iBoss cross-platform mobile authentication works on any Internet device, regardless of operating system, and will bind to any directory. The schools use virtually no resources managing the devices, yet threats are immediately identified and students and staff are filtered in keeping with the applicable policies.
“Technology is playing an ever-growing role in education,” stated iBoss Mobile Project Manager Scott Thomas. “Giving more and more students and staff access to their own laptops and mobile devices reduces schools’ cost of purchasing and managing those devices. With cross-platform mobile authentication, schools can implement their existing policies without complication or overhead.”
Phantom Technologies iBoss Web Filters and application firewalls provide hardware security solutions for HTTP/S, application, and Web 2.0 management. Incorporating bidirectional stream-based layer 7 filtering, zero-day hybrid cloud database and detailed drill-down reporting, iBoss Filters provide network solutions to keep up with today’s high-performance fiber networks. With no per-seat licensing or throughput restrictions, iBoss Web Filters offer comprehensive performance and value. Learn more about the new cross-platform mobile authentication technology and get more information about iBoss at http://www.iboss.com.
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