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05 Sep 2017

Smoothwall bolsters Education provision with dedicated teams for Multi-Academy Trusts, Further Education and Higher Education

Smoothwall, the UK’s #1 provider of web filtering within the UK Education market, has bolstered its teams to provide support to growing markets within Education.

At Smoothwall we understand that as the internet becomes more of a key learning tool and resource for children and young adults academically, it can be difficult getting the right balance between providing a web filtering solution which helps to protect, but that still gives freedom to work without limits.

We currently protect over 1 million students across the UK from accessing harmful content online, working with school leaders in primary schools through to universities to provide safe internet access for all.

Providing the right level of web filtering can be a particular challenge for service providers and large groupings of schools, such as Multi-Academy Trusts, who are required to provide market leading services that are flexible, provide normalisation across the estate and protect the school or trust from reputational harm caused by user error.

Smoothwall provides the technology needed to cover these eventualitiesOver the years, we've seen trusts grow from being a few schools in a small geographical location to large complex networks distributed all over the country.

Therefore as MATs grow to include multiple schools across large geographical areas, with the need to support each school's security and safeguarding requirements, their architecture begins to resemble that of a local authority.

Additional challenges within Education are faced by Further and Higher Education institutes, who still have a duty of care to their students, however need to offer different levels of flexibility as children go into adulthood and learn how to become responsible digital citizens.

Colleges and further education institutes are still very much bound by Government legislation such as the Prevent Duty and Keeping Children Safe in Education, however when we look at universities, we see they have much less of a focus on restrictions and meeting guidelines, with the focus shifting to the protection of individuals.

At Smoothwall, we recognise how each type of school or educational establishment can differ vastly, and that’s why we’ve added specific sector leads for Multi-Academy Trusts and for FE/HE to join our Enterprise sales team, to help support the complex requirements of our customers.

Our Enterprise Team have extensive experience in deploying Smoothwall's market leading web filtering and safeguarding software to over 100 council networks, deployments that are designed to serve the needs of several schools and require a blended approach to web security, from fully centrally managed to localised deployments.

We believe that the new roles within our Enterprise team, along with our established Education team who serve Primary, Secondary, Academies and Independents, will continue to be able to deliver market leading solutions that are specifically designed with the needs of the client in mind.

As Smoothwall continue to grow, we want to continue to support our core market in Education and believe that the expansion of our team is helping us to do this.

If you are a MAT, FE or HE and would like to talk about how we can specifically tailor a web security solution to your needs, then please contact our team today.

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