July 18, 2011
Leading ITC Suppliers Westcoastcloud and Forensic Software Partner to Offer Complete e-Safety Solution for Schools
LONDON, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Comprehensive Cloud e-Safety Solution Praised by Childcare Expert Professor Tanya Byron
Two of the UK's leading suppliers of e-safety, Westcoastcloud and
Forensic Software, have partnered up to offer the most comprehensive online
child protection solution yet to the education sector.
Software,' offers schools and local authorities a truly integrated e-safety
solution that includes real time monitoring, web filtering, blocking and
policy enforcement which is backed by the UK's only Kitemark for Child
Online Safety PAS 74.
Until now, no single solution has been available to be used across
multiple internet-connected devices.
The solution will provide educational establishments with a complete
e-safety tool kit to combat the threats of cyber bullying, harassment and
grooming as well as sites containing inappropriate content such as the
promotion of suicide, self-harm and pornography.
This new partnership between Westcoastcloud and Forensic Software has
been welcomed by the child psychologist, author, newspaper columnist and TV
presenter, Professor Tanya Byron (PhD, PsychD, MSc, BSc) who led a
government review into the risks to children of accessing inappropriate
material on the internet.
Professor Byron said: "I welcome this approach by e-safety technology
companies combining their resources to provide a far more reaching safety
net for children and those who have a duty of care to them. It's reassuring
that the recommendations made in my previous review and the more recent
recommendations of the Bailey Review about protecting children online are
being taken on board by companies to help deliver the safest possible
environments for children and families.
"The fact that this solution is supported by Netintelligence's award of
the BSI Kitemark PAS 74 is important. However there is a still a long way to
go as we still only have one company that has achieved the official
The new partnership between the two companies is being launched with the
combination of their leading e-safety solutions: Westcoastcloud's
'Netintelligence Enterprise Manager' and Forensic Software's 'Policy Central
Bill Strain, director of Westcoastcloud, said: "This is a great step
forward for the provision of online safety tools to the education market.
Bringing these two products together will give schools a more cost effective
option when they are looking at what's available in the child internet
Ellie Puddle, managing director of Forensic Software, said: "Adding our
monitoring capabilities to the filtering and blocking ability of
Netintelligence will enable teachers and policy makers to be in total
control of modifying behaviour and allow them to react better when problems
Westcoastcloud delivers business-critical cloud solutions for service
providers of all sizes - from small niche specialists to large
multinationals. Its range of cloud service solutions suits any market and
any provider from consumer to ISP.
Westcoastcloud is part of AIM listed iomart Group plc, one of the UK's
leading providers of managed hosting and cloud computing services. From a
single server through to complex private cloud networks, iomart specialises
in the delivery and management of mission-critical hosting services,
enabling customers to reduce the costs, complexity and risks associated with
maintaining their own web and online applications.
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