The widespread use of Chromebooks in educational institutions worldwides has seen the device implement by up to 40 million users in this sector.
While these devices solve an issue in relation to the close equity, technology and homework gaps that many school districts need to address there is also the issue of cybersecurity that needs to be addressed A Chromebook in the end is only a tool that should be used in the proper manner. The main reason these device are supplied in an educational setting is to provide access to something online, usually an educational application or a game app.
Enforcing borders is crucial for young users as they prevent students from remaining connected to game sites and searching for malicious content. Along with this there is the issue of CIPA compliance for K12 institutions that depend on e-rate funding. CIPA forces school districts to implement an internet safety policy that blocks and filters images and content that is classified as harmful to minors. Secure borders are a requirement for school districts that implement Chromebooks on any scale.
Chromebooks required the same security as other computing devices. as they are susceptible to malicious code. Even thought they will not run traditional .exe files can’t run on a Chromebook, Android malware and other dangers are an active threat. The main attacked vector is the internet for malware and other malicious campaigns. Next generation internet filtering is important for any multi-level cybersecurity strategy and should be used in all educational filtering solutions.
WebTitan on-the go for Chromebooks offers a level of excellence similar used by Windows admins to delivering user and device-level web filtering for their system’s Windows 10 devices. This is also available at a bespoke level for Chromebook. The WebTitan Cloud management interface is very easy to use and has a web-based intuitive design.
WebTitan is designed for the “Anywhere Workforce” as well as “Anywhere Learning.” Whether your students are using their devices on campus within a traditional classroom or at a remote place, they and their devices are secured by the same granular internet filtering policies. The cloud based solution gives internal IT the ability to fully manage your web filtering system from anywhere globally.
This allows admins the same tools and interface regardless of there they are based. For onboarding, rather than relying on-premise or user client software, WebTitan simply redirects the DNS traffic of all of your devices in the cloud. Because there is no inline device, you don’t have to worry about intranet traffic being blocked or non HTTP/HTTPS traffic.
When it comes down to it, there is probably no institution more difficult to configured web filters for than K12. WebTitan on-the-go for Chromebooks was created to work on the most complex of environments using a simple 3-step process.
- Set up your desired groups
- Configure granular filtering policies to prevent various categories
- Assign those policies to your groups
You can also override your policies with manually created exceptions.
The reporting feature of WebTitan allows for querying relevant information in relation to a student’s internet history and summarize it into a simple to read report. Administrators and IT personnel can also identify broad based behavior patterns surrounding student internet usage at the system and group level.
Another reassuring feature is WebTitan’s malicious detection service which is always searching for malicious threats in real time with the assistance of AI-powered protection that can combat emerging phishing URLs and even zero-minute attacks.