Everyone who suggested some sort of access control device between your network and the open internet has the right sort of idea - accountability and authentication are key there.
I did this at my last place, we had LA Broadband and had a Be* Internet line dedicated for IT and other services, put a PIX firewall in and just pointed our default gateway on same subnet too it, boom! worked!
A. has the time to do this
B. has the skills to do this
C. has the access to the network to do this
D. Can be bothered to do this
E. Manages to do this.
A. Why aren't they doing there own job ?
B. Employ them as an IT tech pretty damn sharpish.
C. There are probably more things to worry about on your network than unfiltered internet access.
webby74 (4th April 2011)
Its not the staff that we worry about - what if kids could get onto the internet unfiltered?
also sorts of issues then arise.
If the kids can run network sniffing software, change network settings and spoof macs on normal classroom PC's I'd still say you have bigger problems than unfiltered internet access. And if the kids are bringing there own laptops in, then the chances are they probably have a smart phone or mobile dongle, that will give them unfiltered internet access anyway.
Do you use a proxy server for your LEA link?
Set up another proxy server on an old PC using something free like smoothwall express. connect 'external' ethernet to the unfiltered router and give it an IP in the same range. Connect 'internal' ethernet to school's lan, with an internal range IP address.
Simply change your proxy server to the smoothwall when needing unfiltered access.
In my school staff/students all use IE and have 'disable changing proxy settings' set up in Group Policy but I don't
Alot of LA's have to sign upto Government Connect which means they have to have full management and visability of what is going on, on there network. So by adding a connection yourself you are potentially putting the whole LA at risk.
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