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Securly - Pickens County Case Study


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Learn why South Carolina's Pickens County chose Securly for their 16,500 students.

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Securly - Pickens County Case Study

  1. 1. › › › › Business Challenge Transferring from clunky hardware to a unified, easy-to-use web interface provided by Securly | 1 (855) SECURLY | Regular Reporting Analysis: Stop self-harm before it happens. Cloud-based: easier to distribute information and seamless operation. Delivers web filtering to any device and any location. Larger scale bandwidth housing all its software applications that’s compatible to their computers, laptops and tablets. Unified, easy-to-use interface Business Impact Customer Name: Pickens County School District Location: South Carolina Pickens County Schools switches to cloud-based web filtering solution to keep 16,500 students safe online. Any device. Anywhere. Secure. Pickens County is comprised of 24 schools, which include 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, and four high schools. The district houses over 16,500 students and 1,300 staff. Before Securly, these schools were using a Palo Alto Networks firewall, which required them to manually block websites and applications from school-owned devices such as computers, laptops, and tablets. Securly’s cloud-based IT solution allowed Pickens county schools to scale to higher bandwidth with ease by eliminating the appliance web filter bottleneck. Barbara Nesbitt, Director of Instructional Tech, along with her 15 staff oversee and manage the entire IT setup. Paul White, Systems Administrator, and Andy Coleman, Network Specialist, are both responsible for deploying software, image handling, and server buildup. Pickens has also eliminated the IT bottleneck from tasks such as pulling reports of student activity by offloading them to school level staff. Securly’s cloud-based solution allowed Pickens county schools to eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks and offload web filter administration to school-level staff. 1.855.SECURLY
  2. 2. © 2016. Logos and trademarks are the property of their respective companies. All rights reserved. | 1 (855) SECURLY | Reporting students’ online activities Monitoring students’ online activities helped the schools find alarming posts, directly saving lives and highlighting safety across the student body. Social media alerts to inform school authorities about incidents of self-harm and bullying Through Securly’s reporting and analysis, an attempted suicide was immediately stopped. Monitoring students’ online activities helped the schools find alarming posts, including a status message on Facebook by a student contemplating suicide. The principal and parents of the child were notified right away. This report saved a life and the community is thankful for Securly’s proactive nature and reassurance that the school makes the effort to prioritize the safety of the students. “To be able to catch clues on social media that would enable administrators and teachers to work with parents is absolutely worth everything to us as a community,” Nesbitt adds. Securly is a leading provider of cloud-based web filtering for schools and parental controls for homes. For more information, visit Securly’s Parent Portal drives parent engagement with 1:1 program. — Andy Coleman, Network Specialist “Being cloud-based makes it much easier to distribute the information to people who need it the most. They are not bogged down with the details of access rights.”