Southampton Football Club has rolled out a sophisticated web filtering system to actively manage internet access for different user communities at the club, including its well-known youth training academy.
Mark Wierzbicki, the club's IT manager, said the implementation by Scalable Networks was crucial to giving the club the flexibility it needed to allow different users to browse while maintaining the integrity of its network.
"As with all organisations, the security threat is equally as likely to emanate from our users as it is from an external source, and this is a fundamental driver for our security strategy," he said.
"Additionally, we are morally bound to oversee the education and leisure time of our teenage students, and ensure that unsavoury content does not find its way onto our network."
The club, which developed the talents of Arsenal player Theo Walcott, uses its computing facilities across the site to help players monitor their performance and training.
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