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Schools: Primary

NCS Web Filtering utilises the Netsweeper Web Filtering product that is used by over 6,000 schools in the UK to offer the convenience of cloud based web filtering with the flexibility and power of an on-premise solution via an easy to use management portal.

NCS Web Filtering offers both http and https filtering to ensure end users are protected from Web 2.0 threats.

Primary schools can be set up with either 2 or 3 policies – each of these policies are configurable and you can contact us at any time to adjust the settings if you feel the need to.

As the web changes so must the filtering technology used to keep end users safe and protected from malware, phishing and virus sites, NCS Web Filtering achieves this by checking each URI on every page rather than just the URL. The powerful Netsweeper AI engines scans each and every URI that makes up a Web page checking against the billions of URI’s held in the Netsweeper database.

NCS Web Filtering takes that protection further by enhancing Netsweeper to provide ‘decryption on demand’ of https web sites, thus bank sites are unencrypted whilst unknown and potentially dangerous https sites are decrypted and their content checked against the Netsweeper database.

A fully managed version is available which has dedicated engineers/technicians undertaking all aspects of Web Filtering on the schools behalf, these engineers/technicians have decades of experience of support IT in schools at both an LA and a school level in Leicester.

Schools: Primary: Web Filtering Features
  • Pure Cloud that supports any devices
  • Two or Three configurable policies as standard
  • Reports e-mailed to the Head or IT co-ordinator
  • http and https filtering
  • Advanced malware and threat protection
  • Incredible Value
  • Friendly support with expert school knowledge
  • Fully managed offering using highly qualified engineers with decades of schools experience
  • YOUTUBE for schools can be allowed and controlled by NCS Web Filtering
Schools: Primary: Technical Information

The NCS Web Filtering platform is deployed on fully redundant servers and mirrored services in highly secure datacentres. This ensures that should there be an issue on one of the servers, the service will continue uninterrupted.

There is no client software to be installed within the client desktop environment, Internet filtering policies are applied and web usage recorded transparently. With the requirement of active directory or LDAP user accounts an instance of authentication software is required to be installed by the client on a server to facilitate NCS Web Filtering applying Internet policy via groups and/or users. For https filtering a certificate is deployed on each device as part of the initial configuration.

2.1 Client management of policies

NCS Web Filtering enables schools or their IT support partner to manage policies if they so wish, alternatively the fully managed service undertakes this for you.

2.2 https filtering

NCS Web Filtering has developed complete https decrypt on demand control – which allows teacher and admin staff to safely access their bank/insurance sites whilst access to suspect or untrusted https sites is properly checked and denied if containing suspicious or malicious content. Also as polices are set on a per AD group level only teacher and admin staff have this flexibility as pupils will be returned a deny page.

2.44 Web Threat Monitoring

NCS Web Filtering utilises Netsweeper’s high performance content management and packet signature detection for identifying web threats, both for in-network access points – (office, and “bring your own device” computers) and for mobile devices (Windows and Mac based laptops.) This is coupled with a massive and constantly updated master database of categorized URIs that is populated by the real-time usage patterns of more than 100 million users worldwide. By blocking the initial request to a malicious URI, Netsweeper enables you to proactively prevent access to the URI, meaning that a malicious download never begins, or a phishing website is never displayed. By being deployed into the network, and using per-URI precision, Netsweeper also enables you to only block the malicious content, such as a specific page embedded within another page, or the loading of a known malicious JavaScript file embedded on an otherwise innocent website. Legitimate traffic is not impeded.

2.4 Reporting

NCS Web Filtering logs the following so can produce any reports that are required- Time and date; URL; Client IP; Client Name (If authenticated); Policy Group; Allowed or denied site;

2.5 Management Portal

The NCS Web Filtering portal is intuitive and easy to use allowing either the school or its IT support partner

  • Create Groups
  • Apply Policy
  • Build reports
  • Deploy new use

NCS Web Filtering is available to schools for a 30 day trial prior to ordering for a single workstation, please contact the NCS team for more information.