Altinet Help Mexborough Academy Re-establish Network Controls With Bloxx

  • Mexborough Academy
  • 11-18 Academy
  • Located in South Yorkshire
  • Part of Wakefield City Academies Trust

Mexborough Academy is an 11–18 Academy and part of the Wakefield City Academies Trust. Set in extensive, attractive grounds and playing fields, the academy enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in a recently built and well equipped building.

Their aim is to encourage students to develop into mature and confident young people willing and able to play an active part in Academy life, participating in different learning experiences. Their students are valued and supported and given opportunities for personal development through a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular activities.

  • Network becoming unstable, possibly due to recent upgrades
  • Need stricter policies and reports 
  • Smoothwall Web Filter not giving them the granularity required
  • Inappropriate blocking material with too much categorisation 
Bloxx Tru-View Technology
  • Filtering for all Web Traffic 
  • Anonymous Proxy Blocking 
  • Malware Protection
  • Fast Response Technical Support
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Bloxx Implementation and Support

After working with the technical departments of both Altinet and Bloxx, the infrastructure team decided that the most effective configuration would be to implement a Bloxx Hardware device inline behind their Cisco ASA Firewall. The solution provides filtering for all web traffic from both students and staff active directory accounts as well as users who access the guest network through the wireless infrastructure. The support throughout the process was something that was highlighted as a key success criteria and as Mr Harle explained the IT department “Found the Bloxx support team very helpful and supportive. They’re always happy to help which is not something we always find with other solution providers."
The unlimited technical support, which Bloxx offers all customers, ensures the IT team have technical resource at hand 24/7.

Altinet have been great to work with. They were excellent at providing us with various implementation options which made the project possible on such a tight budget. They arranged a product demonstration for us which was really useful and allowed us to be confident we were choosing the best product for our needs.

Gareth Harle, IT Manager Mexborough Academy

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Increased Flexibility and Granularity

The Bloxx ‘Tru-View’ technology has enabled the IT team to drill down into exactly what users can and can’t access. “We like the ability to provide access to social media sites but in a ‘read-only’ mode. We’re developing our eSafety strategies extensively across the academy and features like this really help with that.” explained Mr Harle

Altinet Managed Web Security and Filtering

The Web Security Gateway lets organizations benefit from online applications and tools without exposure to web-borne malware and viruses, lost user productivity, and misused bandwidth. As a comprehensive solution for web security and management, it unites award-winning spyware, malware, and virus protection with a powerful policy and reporting engine. Advanced features ensure that organizations adapt to emerging requirements like social-network regulation, remote filtering, and visibility into SSL-encrypted traffic.

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