Protect Learning Environments
Schools are increasingly investing in computers to give their students the best and most relevant education they can. However, with 60,000 new pieces of malware emerging every single day, protecting these investments takes more than just an Anti Virus. Layered Security by Faronics takes a multi-layered approach to your institution’s IT security, allowing you maximum protection from threats and the quickest recovery from intrusions.
Enter Layered Security
Normal anti-virus software works by blocking software that is known to be harmful. The trouble is today the sheer number of threats makes it difficult for even the best anti-virus software to keep up. Instead of just blocking the known bad-guys, Layered Security prevents any program from running that isn’t authorized.
That’s why Faronics pairs our lightweight but extremely powerful Anti-Virus with Anti-Executable, a whitelisting application. A whitelist is a list of applications that are authorized to launch on a computer. If a program isn’t on the list, it will not run. IT administrators get to decide what applications are necessary on any given machine, and then block all others. This has the added benefit of not only blocking malicious software, but also unauthorized, distracting or unwanted software from running – increasing system performance, increasing student focus and reducing IT headaches.
Finally, the ultimate layer of security: full system restoration. Whether it’s a malicious intrusion, or just a little-too-curious student who manages to break a system configuration, it is often easier to simply wipe and restore a computer to it’s original configuration than to try and diagnose highly specific misconfiguration. However, this is a time consuming process, which may put a machine out of commission for hours to days depending on your IT team’s bandwidth.
That’s where Faronics patented Deep Freeze reboot to restore technology comes in. Deep Freeze restores a computer to a set configuration on every reboot. Any changes or problems that result from malicious software, misconfiguration or just plain old user error are undone when the computer is restarted. This significantly reduces the burden on IT teams to fix minor issues, and keeps computers running as efficiently as the first day they were turned on.
It also gives teachers the flexibility to let students explore and experiment far more than the otherwise could, as the system’s configuration is now bullet-proof, students can learn without fear of making a mistake.
One Solution: Multiple Implementation Options
Different areas of educational institutions have different IT needs and requirements. Student computers frequently need to be locked down to prevent unauthorized use, while teachers need the flexibility to use their computers to their full potential and functionality.
Faronics understands this, which is why our Layered Security solutions are designed for different environments.
Some users need both security protection and the flexibility to change their system’s configuration, retain specific settings, etc.
It’s frequently necessary IT departments to lock down machines strictly, preventing students or less-experienced users from making unauthorized changes which require IT time to repair.