Mar 28 2012

Danger Defanged: Content Filtering Makes the Web Safe for Students

Two new Barracuda Networks content filtering solutions show promise.

Network administrators rely on filtering solutions to enforce Internet usage policies and to block access to websites, applications and other content that can cripple operations or harm users.

Barracuda Networks has been offering security, networking and storage solutions for nearly a decade, but two of its offerings now deliver something else of great value to educators: integration with YouTube for Schools, a recently launched, education-specific portal that gives students, teachers and staff comment-free access to educational and school-appropriate content on YouTube EDU while restricting access to other videos found on YouTube.

Both Barracuda Web Filter and Barracuda Web Security Flex integrate with YouTube for Schools. The former (shown) combines preventive, reactive and proactive measures to filter content, block spyware downloads, prevent viruses and block requests to malicious websites from a single appliance. The latter is a cloud-based web filtering and security service with flexible deployment options.

Metrics on Network Security


The percentage of Internet connections currently secured using next-generation firewalls. This is expected to rise to 35% by the end of 2014.

SOURCE: "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls" (Gartner, December 2011)



On a 10-point scale, the overall level of compromised enterprise resources (networks and machines under "adversarial control") worldwide at the end of 2011, down from 6.8 in December 2010

SOURCE: Cisco Global ARMS Race Index (December 2011)



The percentage of school IT security professionals who will implement or add cloud-based IT security solutions by spring 2012

SOURCE: "Kindergarten–12 Education IT Security Study" (Panda Security, March 2011)


$7.2 million

The average organizational cost of a data breach in 2010, up from $6.8 million in 2009

SOURCE: "2010 Annual Study: U.S. Cost of a Data Breach" (Ponemon Institute and Symantec, March 2011)


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