Glasgow school tackles anonymous proxies with new web filtering system


Glasgow school tackles anonymous proxies with new web filtering system

Antony Savvas

The High School of Glasgow has installed a web filtering solution to combat the threat of anonymous proxies.

The decision to replace the school's existing web filtering system followed concerns by IT management that it was becoming increasingly difficult to protect the students from accessing offensive or inappropriate web material. With 1,100 pupils, The High School of Glasgow caters for children of all ages, from kindergarten up to the age of 18 years.

"The previous system's heavy reliance on lists of URLs to determine which sites were subject to filtering, provided avenues for pupils to attempt, and in some cases succeed, in bypassing the filtering system, mainly through the use of anonymous proxies," said school network manager Thomas Makridis.

Anonymous proxies are websites that allow users to easily bypass web filtering, enabling them to access blocked sites. With hundreds of new proxy sites being created every week, blocking access to these sites using URL lists has become difficult and time consuming for IT staff.

The new web filtering system, Bloxx Tru-View Technology, combines conventional tools with new intelligent identification methods and analysis technologies, which can identify and block websites quicker than other web filters that rely on manual URL classification, claims Bloxx.

"The new system has the bonus of malware and anti-virus functionality, adding additional layers of protection to our IT network," said Makridis.

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