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22nd July 2008, 01:59 AM #1
Forensic Software or School Guardian which one
Forensic Software or School Guardian which one would is better for web filtering and which one would you use to filter your internet
22nd July 2008, 08:17 AM #2
We use Secure Computing SmartFilter which has recently gained Becta accreditation - a verygood product. We purchased it from Brightfilter - Delivering online protection for Enterprise, LEAs, Business, Education and the Home. I understand they supply it to some LEAs for RBCs. Support is first rate and the response filter list changes are very fast. Well worth a look.
22nd July 2008, 08:54 AM #3
School Guardian is BECTA accredited is the other one?
22nd July 2008, 09:52 AM #4
So is RM and elonex BECTA accredited ...
Originally Posted by plexer
Forenesic OSftware looks vey good as is handles cyber bullying as well ?
Forensic Software Limited
22nd July 2008, 09:55 AM #5
We use Forensic and are reasonably happy with it
22nd July 2008, 10:09 AM #6
School Guardian is an edge device filtering all outbound web traffic, policy central is a client based monitoring and compliance product.
You can't really compare the 2.
22nd July 2008, 10:28 AM #7
Another +1 for forensic software.
22nd July 2008, 10:59 AM #8
We have 3 tier filtering (5 if you include the firewalls).
We have the RBC firewall, followed by RBC NetSweeper (transparent proxy used for general clearing out rubbish), then our internal firewall (seriously locking out who can and can't try to access anything other than by our prescribed routes) which also does our NAT, then we have Smoothwall and we are now implementing Securus for client level.
Other than some anonymisers (mainly due to being 2 version behind on smoothwall) we don't have any issues.
22nd July 2008, 11:17 AM #9
The issue is anonymisers.... I really need to get those blocked and I need to make a case for smooth wall (Web filtering not Proxy) against Forensic..
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
22nd July 2008, 11:38 AM #10
How do you have the time to look through the logs though? Especially with Securus we would need a full time techie to look through all the violations.
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
22nd July 2008, 11:40 AM #11
The latest version of school/network guardian is your best bet I think ... even with our version being 2 versions behind it catches more than NetSweeper does.
23rd July 2008, 08:42 AM #12
OK, i'll start by saying i'm a bit* biased, so take my advice as you will
If it was a "Pick one" scenario, i'd take the SmoothWall, simply because as an edge device it will do a better job of web filtering. If it was a "I have real deep pockets" job, I would definitely go for both as the client-side screen-scrapey things can be useful for non-web stuff like catching flash games off USB sticks.
In terms of cyber-bullying - we already have some instant messenger control and logging, and we're expanding to log forum/youtube posts as well. Youtube videos are also logged by popularity, which can spot inappropriate additions quickly.
Anyway, if you need to know anything in particular about SmoothWall, please do give me a ring.
*less than you might think, actually.
23rd July 2008, 09:30 AM #13
23rd July 2008, 12:10 PM #14
No - Policy Central Enterprise
23rd July 2008, 01:27 PM #15
I've not experience of forensic, but my dealings with school guardian in a school enviroment have always been very very good.
anonymous proxies are pretty much wiped out by it
plus, you can't argue with the price.....
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