As the devices students use to access the internet become more complex, so too must the security used to protect them. At Smoothwall, one of the most common questions we get from administrators is how to protect school-issued devices from malware, specifically laptops and tablets, both on and off school grounds.
Let’s break it down.
Malware and the Risk to School-Owned Devices
The numbers vary based on source, but somewhere between a third and half of all students in the United States currently have access to a school-issued computing device. These devices range in scope from simple tablets to fully-outfitted laptops, and students aren’t the only population gaining access; teachers use them, too. Devices issued by the school help bridge the digital divide and ensure students (and teachers) have the resources they need to complete their work even when they’re not on campus.
Unprotected devices can be used to download programs that could introduce viruses or malware onto the devices or even onto the school’s network itself. In 2017 alone, nearly 2,000,000 new malware specimens surfaced on the web…that’s 858 per hour! Malware is becoming more and more complex every day, and keeping malicious viruses, programs, and ransomware off of protected networks requires an increasingly comprehensive solution.
Protecting Devices with Gateway Anti-Malware
Smoothwall’s solution to school-issued device protection is as innovative as it is effective. Smoothwall protects hardware appliances with Bitdefender, one of the fastest and most effective Internet security software solutions in the world. Through Bitdefender, school-issued devices function with the same level of security off grounds as they do when students are at school. Anonymous proxy blocking ensures kids can’t circumvent their school’s acceptable use policy for downloading potentially risky apps and programs onto their devices.
With hundreds of readily available malware solutions on the market, why Bitdefender? Independently shown to protect against 99% of unseen online threats, Bitdefender far outperforms the industry average of just 75%. It blocks against every known family of ransomware while simultaneously executing complex behavioral analysis behind the scenes to detect previously unknown types of ransomware, too. Bitdefender is widely recognized to be one of the most complete gateway security systems in existence, executing over 11 billion search queries every single day.
Smoothwall Gateway Protection for Your School
Smoothwall’s gateway defense solution powered by Bitdefender offers high performance, low latency, and an excellent user experience. Simple to deploy on a variety of common hardware devices, Smoothwall’s comprehensive security suite aims to streamline managerial requirements while ensuring reduced complexity relative to its competitors for enterprise operations such as schools.
Smoothwall’s school-issued device solutions are affordable, scalable, and remote. Contact a Smoothwall representative today to talk about your school’s challenges and come up with a plan that works for you. The evaluation process is surprisingly straightforward and you can start your trial immediately.
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