CDW-G Signs Deal for School Safety

By Sara Driscoll  |  Posted 2007-12-11 Email Print this article Print


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The VAR signs up Web filtering vendor 8e6 to help schools block Web sites and Web-based proxies.

CDW-G has signed a strategic partnership with Web filtering vendor 8e6 to help prevent children as young as 12 from bypassing security and Web filtering appliances in schools using proxy servers.

CDW-G, a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW that sells to the government and education market, will now offer schools in the K-12 sector three versions of the 8e6 products: the 8e6 Professional Edition, which includes Internet filtering, proxy pattern detection, forensic reporting, and real-time reporting and remediation; the 8e6 Standard Edition, which includes Internet filtering, proxy pattern detection and forensic reporting; and the 8e6 ProxyBlocker, a solution designed to work with any existing Internet filtering solution to specifically address the growing proxy problem in schools.

Bob Kirby, senior director of K-12 education at CDW-G, said preventing children from bypassing Web filters by using proxy servers has been a growing challenge for schools. "Children are getting much more Internet savvy and have found ways around security; some set up the proxy server from home, then access through the school computers. We needed to be able to offer schools peace of mind with our offerings," he said.

The deal will allow 8e6 to get more nationwide coverage, according to Paul Myer, president and chief operating officer of 8e6 Technologies."It is difficult for us to get the reach we need in the K-12 districts," he said. "Our products are customizable, which means schools can decide to block sites, such as social networking sites, if they so choose. We identify the proxy signature rather than the proxy site, which means we are able to block them more effectively."

According to CDW-G's K-12 School Safety Index 2007, 95 percent of school districts claim to block or limit Web site access, yet only 81 percent say they monitor student Internet activity. The study also found that while most schools have some level of Web filtering, many cannot keep up with the daily emergence of new threats, including Web-based proxies.
Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached


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