Getting rid of firewall and Websense totally!
I'd be grateful to see what others think of this:
We currently use TMG and Websense and have done for years. The clients that connect out through this are W7-based devices connected to my network and authenticated by AD.
What we are increasingly finding is devices like IPads, Surface RTs, etc don't work very well behind an authenticated proxy so we've been looking at getting another device to sit alongside the TMG box.
Also, our ISP is SWGFL.
This has lead to a meeting I've just had with my principal where has questioned the need for the firewall and web filtering and asked why we cannot just ditch both and rely on the SWGFL filtering service and firewall (as a way of saving money).
I know we originally set up Websense as there were (many years ago) problems with the SWGFL service. We originally set up a firewall to 'protect' us from other schools who use SWGFL and share our IP range assigned through them.
Now I can see the benefit of getting shot of Websense, but getting rid of our firewall makes me feel very uneasy (even though it would make my life much easier in relation to unauthenticated proxy).
So, I'm just seeing what my fellow Edugeekers who have a set up similar to the above do (and would you argue for keeping the firewall or not?)