Physical and Network Security for K-12 SchoolsWhy 2019 is a Pivotal Year for E-rate
K-12 technology teams aim to enable eLearning and the digital transformation on campuses while protecting students and staff through network and physical security. Schools need surveillance solutions that integrate into the network to ensure the cameras and recording devices have dedicated network bandwidth without any degradation in performance or interruption in connectivity. Just as important, having physical security devices, such as cameras or recording devices, reside on a next-generation firewall (NGFW) would keep them safe from attacks and unknown threats.
Additionally, K-12 technology directors face specific compliance regulations designed to protect children and sensitive personal data, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The Fortinet Security Fabric provides K-12 with the necessary cybersecurity so schools can ensure that their physical security devices have sustained high-performance network bandwidth while protecting physical security devices from threats. The Security Fabric adapts to the unique challenges and needs of the K-12 environment to align with various schools’ security journeys.
The Fortinet solution for K-12 education:
- Reduces complexity with end-to-end, consolidated network and wireless access security.
- Saves IT resources with centralized security management for endpoint, firewall, wireless, and WAN connectivity.
- Provides comprehensive security across threat vectors, including DDoS attack mitigation, content filtering, email security (including data loss prevention), and application control.
Delivers security proven effective in independent third-party testing from NSS Labs.
E-Rate Eligibility and CIPA
E-Rate is a tremendous opportunity for schools and libraries to purchase technology at a discount that ensures safe learning environments.
Fortinet, the industry leader in unified threat management (UTM) and next-generation firewalls (NGFW), offers many products and services in the United States that are eligible under the FCC’s E-Rate program, including UTM, NGFW, wireless access points, network switches, and caching.
CIPA compliance: CIPA requires that schools enforce internet safety for minors. Fortinet can help you achieve CIPA compliance with granular controls for application use and web content filtering. Antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS), and data loss prevention can protect against malicious content, unlawful activities, and disclosure of sensitive data. Read the CIPA solution brief for more information.
Integrating physical security with cybersecurity to further protect students
The Fortinet approach to school safety encourages the integration of physical and network security to provide optimal protection for your students. Physical cameras and recorders that reside on a NGFW protects them from hacking while providing high-performance bandwidth. The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act allocates $50 million annually to assist with funding these integrated solutions to further protect students.
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Fortinet regularly participates in third-party testing to independently validate our security effectiveness. We have earned 11 “Recommended” ratings from NSS Labs, and we are the only “Recommended” edge-to-endpoint solution. We are certified by ICSA, Virus Bulletin, and AV-Comparatives. And, multiple Fortinet solutions are featured in Gartner Magic Quadrants, including Enterprise Network Firewall, UTM, Wired and Wireless LAN, and Web Application Firewall.Learn More