SOURCE: M86 Security

M86 Security

February 01, 2011 07:00 ET

M86 Security's VuSafe Solution Enables Compliant Usage of Online Video Content in the Classroom

Website Facilitates YouTube™ in the Classroom; Offered Free to K-12 Schools

ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - FETC - Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fl. - Booth #637 -- Sharing and viewing approved videos and streaming video content in the classroom just got a whole lot easier and safer, thanks to the M86 VuSafe Website. Introduced today by M86 Security, the global expert in real-time Web and email threat protection, VuSafe will be offered as a free service to the K-12 education market in April 2011 and is currently taking a limited number of additional Beta users.

Every day, educators struggle between making use of the rich content and cost-effectiveness of online videos found on sites such as YouTube, while shielding students from distracting and potentially inappropriate content such as negative comments, related links and banner ads. M86 VuSafe alleviates this dilemma by providing a means to show pre-approved streaming media content without the peripherals (i.e. banner ads, comments, etc.) you would find on the source sites. 

M86 VuSafe also eases the burden on IT directors by limiting exposure to Internet threats often found in links, banner ads and other content that accompany videos on 3rd party sites. 

Additionally, the M86 offering simplifies regulatory and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) compliance through built-in policies for video submission, approval and viewing. Reporting capabilities help with proof of CIPA compliance for E-rate discounts. 

"Our teachers are increasingly using more online videos on YouTube as tools in their classrooms, but there is apprehension because of possible inappropriate comments that may pop-up as the videos are being viewed by students," said Ralph Osmolinski, Technology Director, Conemaugh Township Area School District. "M86 Security's VuSafe allows teachers to preview YouTube videos, organize, and store those videos for their classes for safe viewing. It is the perfect solution for schools to safely integrate videos into the classroom for teaching purposes."

Industry and Legal Compliance

Through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. The E-rate program was set up to provide discounts for such services. Schools that plan on receiving E-rate discounts on Internet access need to be in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). 

CIPA-compliant schools must filter their Internet services and implement formal Internet Safety Policies, also known as Acceptable Use Policies. Schools and districts struggle to manage and balance the use of streaming media content on the Internet for educational purposes and to remain CIPA compliant. 

M86 VuSafe allows teachers and administrators to give students safe access to pre-approved videos while stripping away the potentially dangerous and inappropriate peripheral content.

Budget and Total Cost of Ownership

With increasing budget constraints and growing classroom sizes, the total cost of a solution as well as the time and resources it takes to manage it are of upmost concern to schools and school districts. The M86 VuSafe offering is not only free of charge to all K-12 institutions in the U.S., but its intuitive design and built-in policies allow teachers to easily manage content libraries for their own classroom or to share/borrow from other educators. Robust organization and search features also mean repositories can be created, categorized and accessed in numerous ways (i.e. by student age, grade-level, subject, teacher, key words, etc.). Additionally, unlike solutions that only allow content from a single source such as YouTube, M86 VuSafe supports virtually any streaming media content.

"Our education customers tell us that with the continuous growth of Internet threats, the biggest struggle they face on a daily basis is whether to block valuable video resources to be security compliant or allow access to educational videos to enhance the learning experience. They want to be able to securely share video content within their environments and manage that experience for their users, particularly in the education market," says William Kilmer, chief marketing officer, M86 Security. "Our M86 VuSafe solution provides a safe experience that also enables school districts to address compliance issues while working within constrained budgets."

Availability

M86 VuSafe will be available to the public in April 2011 and will work with M86 Security's Web Filter and Reporter and Secure Web Gateway. Those interested can sign up now for the VuSafe beta through the M86 VuSafe homepage at www.m86vusafe.com

About M86 Security

M86 Security is the global expert in real-time threat protection and the industry's leading Secure Web Gateway provider. The company's appliance, software, and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for Web and email security protect more than 25,000 customers and 26 million users worldwide. M86 products use patented real-time code analysis and behavior-based malware detection technologies as well as threat intelligence from M86 Security Labs to protect networks against new and advanced threats, secure confidential information, and ensure regulatory compliance. The company is based in Orange, California with international headquarters in London and development centers in California, Israel, and New Zealand. For more information about M86 Security, please visit: www.m86security.com.

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