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BYOD and IoT Protection

Strengthen BYOD and IoT protection with Lightspeed Filter

Whether it’s students bringing personal devices to school or teachers deploying engaging lessons on smartboards, Lightspeed Filter provides the flexibility and control necessary to protect students, devices, and networks in one place. Included at no additional charge, districts can ensure CIPA compliance in minutes and scale without the added cost, latency, and bandwidth constraints of hardware.

To support flexible deployment options and additional features for BYOD and IoT devices, Lightspeed Filter provides two solutions that can be used individually or complementary as an extra layer of protection: Lightspeed SmartShieldTM technology and Cloud DNS Filter.

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Lightspeed SmartShield

Lightspeed SmartShield acts as a local DNS filter placed on a virtual appliance in a school’s server, intercepting and filtering all agent-less internet traffic between devices and networks. It provides visibility into internal IP addresses, distinguishing between different machines even when users are not authenticated, allowing greater flexibility and control to manage policies.

Lightspeed SmartShield provides:

  • Flexible Deployment: Easily set up multiple Lightspeed SmartShield virtual appliances to create custom networks with personalized filtering rules by schools, buildings, and more.

  • Cloud Integration: Seamlessly connects with the Lightspeed Filter in the cloud, consolidating reporting data and filtering rules for a specific user, for both school-managed devices and BYOD.

  • Multi-user Authentication Support, including RADIUS Integration: Identify and filter users beyond internal IP addresses, connecting personal devices to user-specific policies for holistic reporting and efficient policy management.
  • AdvancedReporting: Extended proxying functionality enables detailed reporting and filtering for iOS and other devices, including full search and YouTube browsing visibility, and support for blocked keyword search, Lightspeed SmartPlay™, and more.

Cloud DNS Filter

The Cloud DNS Filter unlocks out-of-the-box CIPA compliance through hostname-level filtering that can be distinguished by the external IP of the device and network, allowing districts to create segments with personalized filtering rules and unlocking features that operate on the same IP level, all in just a few clicks.

Implementing the Lightspeed SmartShield in our district was a breeze, and it’s given us an invaluable added layer of security and granular visibility when filtering BYOD and IoT devices. It’s the kind of solution that makes our network safer without making our lives harder.

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Reimagine the inspired and interactive classroom for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. Lightspeed Classroom Management™ gives teachers real-time visibility and control of their students’ digital workspaces and online activity.

  • Ensure all students interact with only the right online curriculum — precisely when they’re supposed to use it.
  • Push out vetted curriculum links to all students at the same time.
  • Block inappropriate or distracting web sites and apps.

Ensure scalable & efficient learning device management. The Lightspeed Mobile Device Management™ system ensures safe and secure management of student learning resources with real-time visibility and reporting essential for effective distance learning.

  • A centralized, cloud-based solution for infinitely scalable device, application, and policy controls
  • Self-Service App Library, where teachers and students
    can access and install approved curriculum and learning tools
  • Remotely deploy, change, and revoke hundreds of policies and educational applications, while reducing typical downtime and costs

Prevent suicides, cyberbullying, and schoolviolence. Lightspeed Alert™ supports district administrators and selected personnel with advanced AI to detect and report potential threats before it’s too late.

  • Human review
  • Real-time alerts that flag signs of a potential threat
  • Intervene quickly before an incident occurs.
  • Activity logs provide visibility into online activity before and after a flagged event

Protect students from harmful online content. Lightspeed Filter™ is the best-in-class solution that acts as a solid barrier to inappropriate or illicit online content to ensure students’ online safety 24/7.

  • Powered by the most comprehensive database in the industry built through 20 years of web indexing and machine learning.
  • Ensure CIPA compliance
  • Block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and unknown sites, images, and video including YouTube
  • Keep parents informed with the Lightspeed Parent Portal™

Gain complete visibility into students’ online learning. Lightspeed Analytics™ gives districts robust data on the effectiveness of any tools they implement so they can take a strategic approach to their technology stack and streamline reporting.

  • Track education technology adoption and usage trends, eliminate redundancy, and drive ROI
  • Monitor app and content consumption to facilitate early adoption and effective utilization
  • Assess risk with visibility into student data privacy and security compliance