The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has deployed an appliance-based system to overcome its web-filtering challenges.
The college is unable to use most standard web filtering systems because they block too much of the content the colleague typically deals with relating to sexual health.
RCOG's students are mainly medical practitioners who are specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Felipe Varela, acting IT support manager at RCOG, said the college needed a system that enabled it to be highly specific about what content each user group can access.
"The R3000 web-filtering system from 8e6 Technolgies allows us to block or allow specific content and websites to groups and individual users on an ad hoc basis according to their field of study and changing needs," he said.
The college also needed a system that would store the web-monitoring reports required by its strict web-browsing policy without using vital server space.
"The software-based system we were using filled up all our server space, but the appliance-based system solves this problem by having its own storage," said Varela.
The Linux-based appliance has built in storage and uses data compression to enable it to keep web-monitoring reports for several years compared with only a few months.
Varela said the college chose the R3000 system because it was easy to administer internally and met its filtering and storage requirements within the RCOG's budget.
It was also not network-intensive, unlike competing appliance-based systems, and does not use any internet bandwidth as externally hosted systems would do, he said.