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Use of Internet at Your Educational Institute

A Tool for Growth or a Threat to your networks ? Guest Post By Nitin Vaghela to RitroSoft.Com

Information Technology has become indispensable for every industry, and the education industry is no different. Use of technology in education encourages inclusive and collaborative learning environment, among both students and faculty.
But, like every coin has two sides, use of Information Technology in education comes with a whole set of concerns and problems too, and if left unaddressed, these can leave the education institutes worried about their network security.

With most institutes offering unregulated internet access, their networks are at a risk of being used for accessing unhealthy websites like violence and porn. This unregulated access can result in entry of malware like spyware and malicious applications, some of which run at the backend, sending out sensitive network information, also slowing down computers. Applications like Bit Torrent, P2P and UltraSurf, maybe used for heavy audio, video downloads, at times using proxy sites that help bypass the web filter deployed by institutes. These unnoticed applications and unproductive audio, video downloads running in the network lead to serious bandwidth crunch, which considerably hampers productive use of Internet in institutes.

Adding to their woes, institutes generally have a shared computing environment where multiple users share the same system with no control or record of activities by specific users. In case of a security breach or network irregularity, all that the institute has is the IP address of the system used. The institute remains at a loss on information about the user who actually used the system at the time of breach.

Another alarming concern is ensuring security over wireless networks in institutes. With more and more institutes providing Wi-Fi access, incidents of network abuse are increasing considerably due to lack of user visibility and access controls – tracking who is doing what becomes difficult, especially in dynamic IP scenarios like that of Wi-Fi. Infected networks are also used as botnets that broadcast spam or viruses and inability to track the origin of trouble is yet another problem.

Institutes can safely reap the benefits of Internet by deploying integrated security solutions like Cyberoam Unified Threat Management. Cyberoam UTM is a perfect one stop solution, for all these worries. Cyberoam’s Website Filtering feature, blocks un-needed websites/categories for specific users, HTTPS websites, Search using specific keywords, etc., using its web categorization engine that has over 44 million+ URLs grouped into 82+ categories. Cyberoam UTM also educates healthy-usage policy, by providing customized messages on blocked websites.

Cyberoam offers Bandwidth Management, using which institutes can allocate bandwidth for each user, based on their roles. Cyberoam’s Identity-based security controls, allows institutes to define policies based on usernames, which helps in tracking who did what and when. To know more on Cyberoam visit

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