Detailed visibility puts K-12 leaders in full control of students’ web use

Having comprehensive insight into students’ web use across all browsers and device types is the best way to keep students safe online. That’s exactly what K-12 leaders get with the powerful reporting capabilities of ContentKeeper’s school web filter.

With other school web filters, it can be hard to understand important trends or generate reports on a specific student’s Internet use. That’s not the case with ReportCentral, ContentKeeper’s easy-to-use, “one-click” reporting and analytics module.

With intelligent dashboard views — including CIO dashboards and a new User Audit dashboard that shows information about specific individuals — ReportCentral provides critical details about students’ Internet use at a glance. From any of these dashboard views, you can simply click “Report” to export the information in any common file format — such as HTML, PDF, CSV or XML — for sharing with principals, superintendents, school board members, parents or others.

Having an easy-to-use reporting tool is essential, and it can save you valuable time in generating the Internet usage reports your stakeholders demand. But none of this means anything if leaders can’t get highly detailed information in these reports. And this is where ContentKeeper’s reporting capabilities really stand out.

Here are four key advantages that K-12 leaders get with ReportCentral that aren’t necessarily available with other solutions:

Seamless reporting across all web browsers, platforms, and device types. 

Because ContentKeeper’s Web Filtering and Security solution can reliably decrypt and inspect SSL web traffic, K-12 leaders can gain visibility into all web activity on their networks, regardless of what browser or device a student is using. This gives you the flexibility to deploy 1:1 or BYOD programs and still ensure that students will use the Internet safely and responsibly.

Detailed visibility into both real-time and historical data. 

The Live Viewer lets you see web traffic in real time to quickly analyze network threats and user activity. Also, ContentKeeper uses streaming data ingestion to capture information instead of storing data in batches, giving administrators visibility into web usage activity in near real time. Not all web filters can say this. 

Real-time monitoring, analytics and alerting of suspicious behavior.

ContentKeeper analyzes students’ web searches for indicators of potentially harmful behavior and delivers real-time alerts to designated administrators if a match is found. Alerts include enough context for administrators to determine whether (and how) they should intervene. The technology not only monitors queries typed into search engines such as Google or Bing; it also examines searches on websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia.

Visibility into app use and malware, not just websites.

Rogue applications are a big problem for many schools. In fact, some students routinely use peer-to-peer file sharing or VPN tunneling apps such as Psiphon or Ultrasurf to circumvent their school’s web filter. ContentKeeper’s solution allows you to identify, track, and block the use of rogue apps and malware in addition to inappropriate online content.

With ContentKeeper’s ReportCentral, you can identify the biggest bandwidth hogs on your network by username, device, domain and application. You can generate summaries for individual users with a single click. You can analyze potential malware breakouts and expose infected devices. You can get real-time alerts when someone engages in dangerous or suspicious online behavior. You can see which websites, applications and devices are most widely used by students or staff — or which users have the most search term violations. 

The possibilities are nearly endless, giving you powerful analytics to keep students safe from harm and networks running as efficiently as possible.

To learn more about ReportCentral, click here.

About the Author: David Wigley Co-Founded ContentKeeper Technologies in 1997 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. David has many years of experience in software engineering, sales and management within the Computer Security Industry.