Linewize and Gaggle announce strategic partnership

Linewize and Gaggle announce strategic partnership

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 25, 2020)  Linewize, a growing education technology company, today announced its partnership with Gaggle as a part of its expanding cyber safety offering. Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Gaggle team,” said Linewize VP, North America, Ross Young. “They dominate the ‘hands-on’ student safety market and have saved countless lives. Together, our technologies will work seamlessly to uncover more valuable data for school districts for an iron-clad cyber safety solution.”

The Linewize solution provides school districts with a web filtering system and classroom management tool equipped with red flag safety alerts, teacher/student screen sharing, and cyber safety education for the community. When Linewize flags a student internet search for terms that may signal potentially dangerous or harmful behavior, an alert will be sent to the Gaggle Safety Team, who will include Linewize alerts in their analysis to determine if the school or district needs to be notified.

The Gaggle safety solution combines artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of online collaboration platforms, such as Google’s G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365, and Canvas. Gaggle assists districts in proactively identifying and supporting students who are struggling as well as creating a safer school environment by building a culture for improved digital citizenship.

“This partnership adds a new layer to student safety during this critical time when many districts are grappling with what type of instruction models they will deploy,” said Jeff Patterson, Gaggle’s founder and CEO. “Whether students will be learning at home, in school, or a combination of both, Gaggle and Linewize stand ready to provide the digital safety net needed to help districts keep their students safe online wherever they are.”

About Linewize

The Linewize ecosystem is a unique response to the challenge of today’s connected learning environments. The ecosystem aligns a series of products to help districts stay in regulatory compliance, get the most out of their purchased technology, keep kids cyber-safe at school, and impact the parent community by assisting them in raising good digital citizens. For more information, please visit www.linewize.com

About Gaggle

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a powerful combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. Thus far in the 2019-20 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 830 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

FilteredNet has been selling webfilters and I.T. security solutions to K12 schools since 1995.

We work with I.T. security vendors covering a range of internet security services, including webfilter solutions such as Linewize by FamilyZone and ContentKeeper.

To learn more about our services, or schedule a demo contact us today.

Linewize Cloud WebFilter w/ “Classwize”

Linewize Cloud WebFilter w/ “Classwize”

Available on Demand: Take an in depth tour of the Linewize HYBRID-CLOUD WebFilter and “Classwize” Teacher module… on your schedule.

Learn how the Linewize hybrid-cloud WebFilter is helping K12 schools overcome the limitations of an on-prem-only webfilter when it comes to protecting their distance learning devices.

Learn how the Linewize hybrid-cloud approach  provides a better way to protect all browsers, across ALL devices (Chrome, Windows, Mac and iOS) both on and off prem, through a single interface. If you have a cloud only web filter today, you are aware of it’s inherent limitations.

Learn how the Linewize “Classwize” for Teachers module allows your teachers to not only see what their students are doing on their school owned devices, but to control what internet content they can & cannot access during class… even while their students are working from home!

FilteredNet has been selling webfilters and I.T. security solutions to K12 schools since 1995. If you are not entirely satisfied with your current web filter or the support provided by the manufacturer, let us help you find a better way!

Benefits of Working with a WebFilter Reseller

Benefits of Working with a WebFilter Reseller

WHAT IS A VALUE ADDED RESELLER?

A value-added reseller, also known as a VAR, is a company that can add services and knowledge about a vendor’s products, then resell that product to an end user. A WebFilter reseller is one that typically sells several WebFilter solutions from multiple vendors. If you work in a K12 technology department, you are most likely overworked and understaffed. And when it comes time to shop for new technologies, especially WebFilters, navigating all the options from the many different vendors can be daunting. Resellers can help you sift through all the clutter and guide you in choosing the best solution from the vendors with which they work.

SO MANY OPTIONS. WHERE TO START?

Consider this; if you are a mid-size school of 2,500 – 5K students, you may have an IT staff of 8-12 people. A corporation of that size would have an IT staff of 10x that amount. You run the accounting systems, the student information systems, the firewalls, and so much more. On any given day, you are one step away from pulling your hair out. Researching new software and technology takes time you just don’t have. However, when a current technology solution no longer meets your needs, you have no choice but to shop around. The pressure is on to make sure you choose the best solution, from so many options, for your specific needs. When it comes to shopping for WebFilter software specifically, there are many solutions from which to choose. The stress of making sure you choose the best solution, at a price your district can afford, can be overwhelming.

RESELLERS OFFER MANY BENEFITS

While you may feel the manufacturer knows more about their solutions than anybody else, you may want to consider that the manufacturer’s theselves may not be excited to inform you about any possible shortcomings of their solutions. After all, telling you what their product CAN’T do may make it difficult to sell their solutions.

Working with a reseller does not limit your ability to gain deep insight into said solution. In most cases, the reseller introduces you to the manufacturer, then the three of you work together through the research process. 

Resellers that sell multiple solutions from several vendors are generally well versed in the pros AND CONS of the solutions they sell. A trustworthy reseller that puts their name and reputation on the line every time they recommend a solution to a school will be open and forthcoming about any potential shortcomings of any solution they recommend. If YOU decide the shortcoming will be a detriment, you can decide to work with that reseller to explore alternate options.

WILL I PAY MORE FROM A RESELLER?

When you work with a reseller who is an authorized representative of the solutions they sell, the price you receive from the reseller is often the same as if you purchased direct, and in some cases cheaper; well established resellers often get volume discounts and pass along those savings to you.

RESELLERS OFFER OPTIONS

No single WebFilter or I.T. security solution is a perfect fit for every school. Value Added Resellers are connected to a number of vendors which means they can offer a range of solutions to ensure you find the best solution for your specific needs. When working through a reseller, you get the choice to determine what’s the best solution. Resellers work with you to understand your needs and then suggest a solution that best fits your school’s requirements. They will give you valuable recommendations, whereas a manufacturer most likely offers just one solution that may not serve your needs.

Resellers eliminate the need for you to contact numerous manufacturers. When it comes to WebFilters, for example, there are many, many to choose from. Going through each solution, then comparing features and benefits, can be a time consuming and tedious task. Resellers with a dedicated team that keeps up on the latest information from the various manufacturers helps you shorten your research time.

THE VALUE OF A RESELLER

A good reseller will ensure the solutions you purchase meet your requirements. Resellers help to educate their customers about the products they sell. Resellers will setup and conduct demonstrations, and hold technical discussions, and even setup proof of concepts.

In summary, if you are shopping for a webfilter or any I.T. security solution, a quick meeting with a reseller can be time well spent. You will get valuable information and insight to help you as you search for the best solution for your school.

FilteredNet has been selling webfilters and I.T. sercurity solutions to K12 schols since 1995.

We work with I.T. security vendors covering a range of internet secuirty services, including webfilter solutions such as Linewize by FamilyZone and ContentKeeper.

ContentKeeper Partners with Gaggle to Create a Stronger Digital Safety Net

Gaggle Partners with ContentKeeper to Create a Solution That Provides K-12 Districts with a Stronger Digital Student Safety Net

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 6, 2019) – Gaggle, the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology, has partnered with ContentKeeper Technologies to create a new, integrated digital safety solution. Called Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper, the solution empowers districts to provide a stronger digital safety net to protect students on and off campus.

Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper integrates ContentKeeper’s Web Filtering and Security Platform for schools with the Gaggle student safety solution, which uses a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety expertsWhen ContentKeeper flags a student Internet search for words that may signal potentially dangerous or harmful behavior, an alert will be sent to the Gaggle Safety Team who will review it and determine if it should be forwarded to the school or district. If the team classifies it as a questionable content search, the alert will be emailed to the school or district. If the alert shows an imminent threat to the student’s life or well-being, the Gaggle Safety Team will immediately notify the school’s or district’s specified contact by phone.

Gaggle’s integration with ContentKeeper eliminates the pressure and workload on IT administrators and staff so they no longer need to deal with false alerts, review items at night and weekends, or worry about missing potential issues with life threatening consequences.

 “Combining Gaggle’s team of trained safety experts and ContentKeeper‘s web filter makes an IT administrator’s life easier and provides vastly improved student safety,” said Gaggle CEO Jeff Patterson. “The Gaggle Safety Team is trained to look for signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, cyberbullying, and credible threats of violence. Working with ContentKeeper, we can help even more schools avoid tragedies and save student lives.”

“We look forward to working with Gaggle to provide innovative technologies and processes to ensure digital student safety,” said ContentKeeper CEO David Wigley. “The ability to monitor all types of web content and reduce the burden on IT administrators provide the next level of online threat protection schools have been looking for.”

Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper will be available as an add-on to the Gaggle student safety solution.

About Gaggle|www.gaggle.net

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

About ContentKeeper

ContentKeeper helps secure enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies worldwide. Our Multi-layered Web Security Platform delivers a powerful combination of innovative security technologies, enabling organizations to protect their networks and users from cyber threats as they continually shift to new technologies and platforms. At ContentKeeper, our mission is to innovate the world’s best high-speed web security solutions. For more information, visit www.contentkeeper.com.

ContentKeeper Secure Internet Gateway Customers Protected Against Bad Rabbit Ransomware

ContentKeeper Secure Internet Gateway Customers Protected Against Bad Rabbit Ransomware
October 26, 2017 | David Wigley

Winter is Coming – A new ransomware variant is currently spreading across Europe. The Bad Rabbit ransomware has infected many public infrastructure sites including the Kiev Metro in Ukraine as well as hundreds of other organizations. Interestingly, it contains several pop-culture references in its code, including some to the dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion of Game of Thrones.

ContentKeeper customers with a Secure Internet Gateway1 deployment were not at risk from this ransomware.

The Bad Rabbit Ransomware has been shown to initiate an attack via a drive-by-download from a compromised website. When the malicious Javascript is parsed, the user can be tricked into clicking a link masquerading as a legitimate update to Adobe’s Flash player. When the user clicks on the Install button, a download of the Bad Rabbit Ransomware is initiated and if the user executes the downloaded file, named “flash_player_update.exe”, the user’s computer becomes infected.

Once the executable is run it begins to encrypt the victim’s files and steals passwords, eventually displaying what is becoming an all too familiar demand for a ransom payment in bitcoin to decrypt the files. The virus is able to propagate itself via a range of methods including SMB and WMIC by searching for open network shares and guessing at passwords with a pre-built list. There are also now reports that the leaked NSA exploit EternalRomance was leveraged to enhance propagation.

ContentKeeper’s Secure Internet Gateway includes multiple layers of defense to protect against known and unknown threats, ransomwaremalwaretrojans and other viruses. Having multiple layers of defense technology is the best way to defend your network from the next attack. A modest investment in security upfront can prevent a catastrophic loss of data in the future.

1. Appropriately configured with the necessary security modules enabled

For more than 20 years, ContentKeeper has delivered comprehensive, accessible web security solutions for global enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies. We enable our customers to protect their networks, users and data from cyber threats while embracing mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based services.

About the author: David Wigley Co-Founded ContentKeeper Technologies in 1997 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. David has many years of experience in software engineering, sales and management within the Computer Security Industry.