Highlighting The Forgotten Area Of E-Safety

Keyboard with stethoscope on itLast Tuesday it was the Safer Internet Day 2013 the annual event organised by InSafe and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide.  The term e-safety often makes people think about inappropriate websites however this years message ‘Connect with respect’ is very appropriate as it highlights the forgotten parts of internet safety.

Education

At the Impero 3.5 launch event last year I gave a talk on implementing e-safety based around three areas;  Technology, Policies and Education. Lets focus on the education element for a minute. When Tony Blair in 1997 said education, education , education he couldn’t have been more right.

As I work for Impero which provides blocking as part of its software package it may seem strange for me to say blocking is not everything it is one part of the total solution.

An example is the design of Impero allows not only for you to block a website but also alert only as well. In this mode users can access the Website however the system alerts you to the fact the site was being accessed . This function is great for those kind of websites which do not need a full block but you might need to discuss the use of it.

Technology

The basics of the technology element can often be forgotten such as securing your network first. This means making sure that firewalls are on and the AV is up to date but also making sure that you have the latest software updates on your  machine (this is why patch management in Impero is such a great fit).

It is like using a card in a cash machine. The machine may have the best security to the  bank’s computer system but if someone has fitted a cloning device to the front of the machine than the card is not safe.

It is the same with your network if it is insecure it doesn’t matter how great the rest of your system is as you are only as strong as your weakest point.

What are you tips for implementing e-safety in your environment?

Russell Dyas

 I am a technologist.. I am a geek.. Who has a passion for providing honest advice, sharing resources and connecting people and ideas together. Currently working for Rencore.