Sophos in Education
Educational institutions benefit greatly from the latest networking technologies. These technologies make the learning experience richer for students, but also come with a new set of risks. As more and more students, faculty, and administrators bring multiple devices to the campus, educational institutions are burdened with the task of ensuring network security, safeguarding sensitive data, meeting compliance standards like OFSTED and PREVENT directive, as well as building the right BYOD strategy.
Sophos security and data protection uniquely integrates endpoint, email and web security, and network access control to deliver easy-to-use, award-winning solutions that protect six million administrators, teachers, and students around the world from the effects of viruses, spam and spyware. Sophos is committed to making the internet a safer place and has partnered with the Internet Watch Foundation in this endeavor.
Key Sophos Products in Education
One solution for your multiple
security needs - Sophos.
Meet Ofsted compliance guidelines
We understand that safeguarding sensitive data, such as student details and reports or research work, is critical for educational institutions. Ofsted are now reviewing the quality of your data protection policies routinely through their ongoing assessment program. We can help you score well on those reviews by tracking sensitive data as your users attempt to move it around, and also by securing your data wherever it may be with Sophos SafeGuard Encryption.
Eliminate offensive content - meet Prevent directive recommendations
If you are a school, the Government’s Prevent strategy requires you to ensure students are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the Internet in school. Sophos helps you ensure your staff and students are protected from radicalization content in multiple ways: Sophos SG UTM content filtering includes the CTIRU (counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit) filter; Sophos SG UTM fully integrates with YouTube for schools; Sophos Application Control blocks or limits access to specific undesired apps; and Sophos Endpoint Protection ensures full enforcement of user policies and protection even when users are offsite.
Protect sensitive data
As an educational institution, you may hold sensitive data like student records as well as critical research material by students and staff. Our security and data protection uniquely integrates endpoint, email and web security, and network access control to deliver easy-to-use solutions that keep your data safe, wherever it goes. The Data Control module in our core antivirus engine allows the engine to check attachments to see if they contain personally-identifiable information, and enables administrators to put policies in place around the movement of this data. Sophos SafeGuard encryption offers the simplest and best data protection solution that secures data wherever it goes, when you share it or even when you upload it onto the cloud over apps like Dropbox and other file sharing options.
Enable Safe, productive web browsing; enforce web controls
Sophos web filtering and web protection modules ensure safe internet usage by your students and staff and curb visits to inappropriate websites and apps. You can assign user-based web access policies, block anonymizing proxies to ensure no one bypasses your school's filtering systems, and enforce SafeSearch to ensure your users don’t put you in legal trouble.
Get your BYOD strategy right
Bring your own device (BYOD) is currently the most common driver for new technology deployment, as well as the biggest headache for stretched-thin IT departments. What kind of access to your network should you grant an unmanaged device? How can you protect users on your network when they are using an unmanaged device? Can you wipe a staff member's personal device if it is lost? What data is accessible using a personal device? There is no simple answer to BYOD, but we can help you to securely implement a BYOD device strategy in a simple way. The right BYOD strategy can bring a number of benefits, including overall cost savings and improved lesson engagement.
Secure your shared computing environment
The days of people working on one machine in one location are gone. Sophos’ patented Layer 8 Identity-based security allows you to enforce network and security policies on users, no matter which location, device or network environment they log in from.
Sophos’ granular and user identity-based reporting gives you visibility into your institution’s surfing trends, bandwidth and system utilization, Internet usage, intrusion alerts, and more. The reports include search engine queries and forensic reports on individual user activity, enabling you to understand behaviour and take early action. Reports are generated on the Sophos XG Firewall without any additional purchase required. Administrators are also able to view traffic in real time and choose to instantly block or shape that traffic. To enhance or extend your reporting needs, Sophos iView gives you an option of a dedicated reporting appliance.
Maximize resources and control costs
You can shape bandwidth usage by users, groups, web category and apps to ensure QoS to key users or applications. This prevents low-priority traffic from hogging available bandwidth and slowing down important tasks in your system.
Secure your wireless users
Keep your Wi-Fi users secure with Sophos UTM’s built-in wireless controller. Working seamlessly with our full range of wireless access points, we help you prevent rogue users from connecting to your Wi-Fi network undetected with our ability to identify the source and destination of your WLAN traffic by username.
What are you waiting for?
Let our experts at Sophos help to build the right solution for your needs.