March 13 was Digital Learning Day, which means that educators everywhere have been talking about things like cyberbullying, BYOD, and all things digital learning. That makes it a good time to talk about CIPA, and why the Barracuda Web Filter can be a great resource to keep your network in compliance.
CIPA is the Children’s Internet Protection Act, which is a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000. The purpose of CIPA is to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA is attached to the federal “E-rate” program, which helps fund technology initiatives for schools and libraries. In short, organizations that receive E-rate funding must comply with CIPA regulations.
Barracuda provides a full portfolio of security solutions that can protect organizations from Internet threats. The Barracuda Web Filter (BYF) is an award-winning, purpose-built appliance that provides comprehensive web content security. The capabilities of the BYF line up nicely with the requirements of the CIPA regulations.
CIPA Requirement: Organizations must certify that they block access to offensive content. Offensive content includes content that (a) is obscene, (b) is child pornography, or (c) is harmful to minors. This content protection must be in place for all computers that are accessed by minors.
Barracuda Web Filter: Barracuda Web Filter includes a preinstalled URL list containing millions of URLs classified into 95 categories for easy and efficient content filtering. This list is continuously updated by engineers at Barracuda Central and delivered hourly via the Energize Updates subscription service sold with the Barracuda Web Filter.
Content Filtering & Spyware Prevention:
CIPA Requirement: Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement policies addressing access by minors to inappropriate material. As part of this component, they must include the safety of minors when using email, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communications. Additionally, schools subject to CIPA are required to adopt and enforce a policy to monitor the online activities of minors.
Barracuda Web Filter: Specific sites can be blocked or allowed using explicit block and allow lists, and downloads can be limited to only specific approved file types. The Barracuda Web Filter can enforce Safe Search tags for sites like Google images and video, preventing children from circumventing protection policies through the media caches of popular search engines.In addition to blocking content, the Barracuda Web Filter protects other malware threats, such as unauthorized keylogging and personal information theft. These activities are unlawful and can be extremely dangerous to minors and institutions and corporations. The Barracuda Web Filter is extremely effective at blocking and reporting such malicious activity. It not only stops the transport of the stolen information, it also includes the Barracuda Spyware Removal Tool, a utility to clean the infected machines.
Application Blocking and Client Lockdown:
CIPA Requirement: Organizations must block unauthorized or unlawful activities by minors online, and unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors. Organizations must also restrict minors’ access to materials that are harmful to them.
Barracuda Web Filter: The Barracuda Web Filter enables administrators to easily select Internet applications to block or allow. For example, a single checkbox can block Instant Messaging (IM) traffic and eliminate a frequently used criminal channel for soliciting minors. The Client Lockdown feature enables administrators to disable Internet access from systems that have been hacked, hijacked, or otherwise compromised.
If you’d like more information on how the Barracuda Web Filter helps with CIPA compliance, or on any of our K12 solutions, take a look at these resources:
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