Keep your students and staff safe while they surf with the help of the UK’s leading web safety specialists.
We work with Smoothwall and Netsweeper to provide unparalleled safeguarding, reporting and security features that allow you to get the most from your internet connection without hindering teaching or learning.
Why go through Coconnect? We pair with Smoothwall’s and Netsweeper’s expertly developed safety infrastructure with superfast, reliable internet connectivity – and then deliver first-class technical support to make sure you always get exactly what you need from both.
Smoothwall is the leading provider of online safeguarding infrastructure for the UK education sector.
More than 10,000 schools, colleges and multi-academy trusts depend on its filtering technologies to keep the internet safe for their students and staff – and many go through Coconnect.
Protect students and staff
Pioneering filtering tools engineered from the ground up to keep young people safe, updated regularly to help schools stay on top of the latest digital threats.
Safeguarding solutions that go beyond the legislative requirements and guidelines set out by the Department for Education, Prevent duty and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Ready to meet your needs
Options to suit all in education, from individual schools and colleges to multi-academy trusts (MATs) – with comprehensive customisation to meet your unique requirements.
Foundations are what make smoothwall different
Smoothwall’s roots in pioneering real-time content aware analysis engineered the growth into one of the UK’s favourite web filtering providers, delivering a best of breed solution to students and educators not just in the UK but around the globe.
How Smoothwall works
Identify and filter brand new web content in real-time, long before URL lists are provided
Schedule reports on user activity and view requests in real-time
Layer 7 application control
Control non-web traffic such as Skype and BitTorrent
Protect your network from web-borne malware attacks
Social media controls
Allow the productive use of social media websites and applications
BYOD guest filtering
Filter guest mobile devices on your Wi-Fi network
Limit bandwidth use by policy
Limit bandwidth use by user, content type, time or location
"Who, What, Where, When" policies
Easily build filtering policies by user, category, time and location
Anonymous proxy blocking
Prevent circumvention of your Acceptable Use Policy
Netsweeper’s development is shaped by their many education-sector clients around the globe; Netsweeper provides Safe Search enforcement, malware blocking, eSafety messaging, and other features that are crucial for schools.
For instance, when it comes to proxy anonymizers, Netsweeper categorises thousands of new proxy URLs every day, ensuring that your students do not evade the filtering you have put in place.
Real-Time Content Analysis
Dynamic categorisation of web content with billions of URLs categorised. Rapid categorisation of new content and configurable filtering policies.
Know what your students are doing
Netsweeper captures data on all web usage and filtering activity, offering a comprehensive array of reports to meet your needs. You can understand what is being accessed (and by whom) so you can troubleshoot problems and adjust policies. You can see what’s being blocked, see when teachers apply overrides, and evaluate popular sites or content, giving you the power to oversee your school’s complete internet usage network.
Netsweeper is one of the leaders in web filtering for education, protecting millions of school children around the world, including 1 in 3 UK pupils. Because Netsweeper offers a flexible solution that is not tied to hardware appliances, you can meet your filtering needs in both present day and in the future.
The Netsweeper Platform
Dynamic Web Content Classification
Netsweeper’s proprietary technology reviews and categorises new websites in real-time based on numerous content categories. This Artificial Intelligence system named the Category Naming Service (CNS) uses the search activity patterns of millions of devices worldwide to classify new web content and webborne threats on a continual basis.
Define and manage web access policies based on username, groups, time, day, and more. User-based rights allow you to personalize access based on IP address, user, or group. Time and calendar-based rights enable you to grant web access on specific days or hours, increasing productivity and reducing bandwidth to ensure business-critical functions won’t be negatively impacted.
Generate reports to review Internet activity on your network. Netsweeper’s high-performance reporting service provides insight into network traffic and information on specific requests, websites, allow/deny actions, users, and more. The reporter analyses requests based on specified criteria and sorts them, calculates statistics, and presents results in clear and comprehensive tables and charts.
Ns Proxy Selective SSL Decryption
Netsweeper’s NS Proxy service is an advanced high-speed proxy capable of delivering 6 Gbps of SSL decryption throughput and support for up to 20,000 users/per server. As more websites become SSL-enabled NS Proxy technology solves a key filtering issue.
BYOD & Client Filters
Netsweeper provides client-based filtering in addition to its network-based solution (Windows, OSX, iOS, Android, Chrome). Off network usage is protected the same as on-network usage with Netsweeper’s client filter technology. Traffic is not proxied to a central server to perform filtering, ensuring private/proprietary data is not at risk.
Netsweeper provides effective controls for managing web applications, including the ability to control the use of leading social media applications such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and more. Administrators can apply policies based on a wide range of criteria, including user, group, applications, postings, and media transfer controls.
Malware, Phishing and Virus Protection
By correlating traffic and request trends with multiple detection technologies, Netsweeper provides zero-day detection of known malware threats such as viruses, spyware, phishing frauds, and other forms of malicious code.
Netsweeper also provides a highly scalable DNS filtering service. The service is low latency, highly available and is a cost-effective way to make Netsweeper policy enforcement and services available to your users with a simple and proven solution.
Coconnect provide a complete service from pre-sales & technical support. Services is always speedy and technical support team have an incredible wealth of knowledge.
"When our old provider closed down with very short notice, Coconnect pulled out all the stops to make sure we were up and running on a brand new connection with an on-site filter with zero downtime. They listened to what we needed, and provided expert advice, customer service, and after sales support. They’re absolutely brilliant and I would recommend them every time."
"Knowledgeable, friendly, pro-active and always ready to help, with an understanding of the particular needs of education, Coconnect have provided a stable safe infrastructure which we can rely on."
"We are moving all of our broadband from local county council to Coconnect, but to date I could not be happier. Our account is managed by one of the directors; he is proactive, helpful, and always available to answer any of my questions whenever I call/email. We are transitioning 8 schools and seem to be on track to complete as planned! I would not hesitate in recommending them to other schools."
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