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I know we discussed this at the last SEMTEC meeting, but I would like to discuss again.
What is everyone using for content filtering?
How much do you pay for the service? per month/per year?
If you have an appliance, how much did you pay for the appliance? Is there a yearly/monthly maintenance fee?
I remember someone had opendns, lightspeed appliance, HBCI, etc.
This is stemming from some issues we've recently had with HBCI and their CIPA filter. Their CIPA filter was down for about 2 months and it was finally brought back online for us last week.
I also don't like the fact that when someone puts an "override" credential in, it opens the whole filter, not just the one site.
I would like to have more control of what is filtered and what is not.
Thanks for any input you may have.
St. Charles Public Schools
At RCS, we've got a Watchguard Firebox. It has the ability to do multi-tier filtering based on Active Directory security groups, IP address, subnets... It also has email spam filtering, firewall antivirus, intrusion prevention, and application blocking. I believe we pay a $800 yearly maintenance agreement for it. It does daily updates from Watchguard for content filters, AV, and all.
We are still trying to figure out best practices with it, but for the cost it works fairly well. Some issues here and there, but those tend to be getting denied rather than letting in something we don't want.
We use the CIPA filter I don't remember the costs off hand you can check it out at http://cipafilter.com/. The unit can act as router, firewall, e-mail filter, web filter. I use it mainly as a web filter. Simple to use. We have the student laptops on a separate subnet which is filtered differently than the staff computers. You can get down to a specific IP if you want. I can get reports on one student if I want. I can view all of our students computers using Apple Remote Desktop (which is built into the operating system) to select an IP address for a student. Then get a report from the CIPA filter on history. We also set the CIPA as a proxy in the student laptop proxy settings so they are filtered when they are at home.
Tech support from the company has been super and is included with the annual fee. I call them often to help with firewall rules with i-pad apps etc.