Paulsboro Public Schools is a public K-12 school district located in Paulsboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey. The district consists of four schools with 1,200 students and 250 employees. Joseph Magazu is the Director of the IT department that supports the school’s IT infrastructure across multiple sites. Paulsboro has a 300 Mbps and a 50 Mbps Internet connection for performance and redundancy.
Paulsboro Needed a Unified Security Approach
Paulsboro Public Schools needed better solutions for protecting students from inappropriate content and managing bandwidth. Its previous web filter and firewall solutions lacked many of the key features they needed, including SSL inspection and next-generation application awareness. In addition, these solutions were difficult and time-consuming to configure and manage. Magazu wanted feature-rich, easy-to-use, and affordable solutions for his district.
Barracuda’s Unified Security Solution
When Paulsboro started experiencing network latency, Magazu decided to look for a new security solution to help free up misappropriated bandwidth, in addition to a number of other requirements. The Web Filter
with the next-generation application awareness of their Barracuda Firewall and noticed a much higher catch-rate of inappropriate content that users were trying to access. Students could no longer utilize proxies such as UltraSurf or HotSpotShield to circumvent filtering policies. Their network performance also significantly increased as the web filter can successfully restrict access to file sharing and other unnecessary streaming media applications like BitTorrent, Netflix, and Pandora.
Finally, Paulsboro Public Schools is greatly benefitting from Barracuda Cloud Control, a free web-based management center that allows administrators to configure and monitor all Barracuda solutions from a single interface. This has solved the administrative complexities that Paulsboro was dealing with in previous solutions, where learning new and different management interfaces can be a significant challenge to adoption.
Magazu says “Combining the Barracuda Firewall with the Barracuda Web Filter helped us implement a centrally managed, unified security solution saved us time and money from the start. In addition, Barracuda has the best service and customer support that I’ve ever seen. The products and the experience have been simply phenomenal.”
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