Bloxx ensures CIPA compliance at Missouri School District

Bloxx caught up with Nick Childers, K-12 Technology Consultant to hear all about how Bloxx has helped meet his Web filtering needs at Missouri School District.

Nick has been particularly impressed with Bloxx’s innovative and globally patented Tru-View Technology (TVT).

TVT and Bloxx’s mature SSL filter enable the district to consistently block students from using anonymous proxies by categorising the pages at the network edge, as opposed to the more common process of waiting for the sites to be added to a URL database.

“I have not seen anything quite as efficient and effective as the TVT scanner. The TVT live scanner significantly reduced the overall threat of zero-day sites, anonymous web proxy sites have been reduced to nearly zero, and requests to block or unblock sites decreased from 15-20 per week to 1-2 per week with Bloxx.”

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Looking to join a growing tech company?

Well Bloxx could have the right job for you!

Bloxx Inc. is seeking a data driven, talented, and ambitious Business Development Representative to fuel Bloxx Filtering product sales nationally. This position is located in Newton, MA and offers great potential for extensive career growth. The ideal candidate will leverage knowledge of networking and security technologies to identify and develop new sales opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • High volume of calling activities
  • Maintain web based CRM records (salesforce.com)
  • Generate, qualify and pass along sales leads
  • Schedule/Show customer product demonstrations (gotomeeting.com)
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of Bloxx services and equipment
  • Continue to gain knowledge of web filtering industry
  • Ensure satisfaction of customers seeking support

Why Bloxx?

Established in 1999, Bloxx is a true pioneer in the development and support of sophisticated Email and Web filtering technology.

Our offices in the US, UK and Europe and our global network of Partners enable Bloxx to deliver Web and Email filtering solutions across the Public and Private Sectors and create safe, mobile and collaborative working and learning environments for millions of users. Our Patent technology currently filters 800 million devices across the globe.

What is Bloxx looking for?

  • BA/BS degree from 4-year college
  • Up to 1 year experience of lead generation/business development
  • Intermediate to advanced skill level with Microsoft office including Outlook, Powerpoint & salesforce.com
  • High energy individual with an optimistic attitude
  • Strong communication and phone skills
  • Entrepreneurial Drive
  • Excellent organizational skills

Does this sound like the right job for you or someone you know? Life’s too short to be in the wrong job, apply by sending your resume and a short covering letter to info@bloxx.com

Cyber insurance: an opportunity for the channel?

New cyber threats emerge every week and now more than ever keeping businesses and citizen’s safe is a massive challenge. With all this in mind, it sounds tempting to have a guaranteed safety net against the spiralling costs of a cyberattack and such a temptation seems too much to ignore for many, as cyber insurance spending is on the rise.

Charles Sweeney, Bloxx CEO, talks to Channel Pro about Cyber Insurance and that how, if some basic points are considered, it can present a real opportunity for the channel.

  • Know where you are today. Companies need to first identify vulnerabilities, risk management practices and any coverage of cyber attacks that general insurance might provide.
  • Chart the course forwards. With these risks in mind, consider what improvements can be made to business structure and employee practices. 
  • Manage expectations. It is not the job of the channel to ‘sell’ cyber insurance, but more to help companies identify the best policy for them and their obligations under the selected premium.”

Find more in depth tips and the full article here or why not read out previous blog post on considerations for taking out cyber insurance?

How to protect against insider threats while maintaining employee trust

As technology usage in the workplace continues to grow exponentially, security has begun to take on a wider responsibility – for threats both outside and already inside business networks.

This week a Morrison’s employee was jailed for 8 years after leaking the details of nearly 100,000 supermarket staff. The court heard how he took advantage of his position as a senior internal auditor at the firm and sent information on staff salaries, bank details and national insurance numbers to newspapers and data sharing websites, the BBC has reported.

As Bloxx CEO, Charles Sweeney recently outlines in this article for Information Age, inside threats bring unique challenges…

“Insider threats can often prove much more difficult to forecast, prepare for and guard against. For example, you could make sure that nobody in your organisation is accessing non-work related web pages, but how productive will a work environment be if it contains that level of scrutiny? Insider threats need to be guarded against, but a balance must also be struck between security and trust.

The easiest way to deal with this balancing act is to split security – as is often the case – into looking at both infrastructure and people. This ensures that more rigorous measures can be implemented without directly monitoring staff, which is obtrusive.

Fundamentally, people need to be aware of the potential risks associated with data, but they also need to understand the benefits of properly safeguarded data. And in order to fully protect against insider threats it is also important to be aware that these not only represent malicious attacks, mistakes by staff is although accidental can also be detrimental.”

Read the full article here and be sure to let us know your tips for protecting against insider threats on twitter @Bloxx.

Why Security needs equality

Currently, there is a strong pursuit towards common standards in business, driven by the want for equality. It’s a characteristic that can be see across the business – from HR to Finance. However, as Charles Sweeney, Bloxx CEO recently argued in this article for IT Security Guru, when it comes to security equality is lacking…

“It might not seem like such a big deal, after all no harm, no foul right? If we lived in a picture perfect world, then perhaps this would be the case. But we don’t. We live in a world where cyber criminals are always seemingly one step ahead, constantly evolving their methods of attack and actively seeking vulnerabilities.

As a result, there is a real and present danger that these ‘idiosyncrasies’ introduce business risk. Often people don’t realise that there is disparity within the organisation until someone asks them to drill down into their BYOD policy. BYOD might seem like easy pickings, but it is a perfect example of how inequality in security policies can create vulnerabilities. For example, employees might not use their device whilst at work, but they could well prefer to do their lunchtime web browsing on their smart phone. Is that device on or off network? Do the same rules apply to the content and websites that they are able to access? If not, what is to stop them accessing something inappropriate, flashing it around, someone getting offended and shooting off an email to HR?”

The deficiency of equality in security isn’t only due to variation of devices; different rules often apply to different groups within the organisation. The problem with this is, as Charles explains, danger is everywhere…

 “Regardless of whether it is a device on network that shouldn’t be or a CEO clicking on what they believe to be a reputable site with the best of intentions. The fact is, danger lurks everywhere. They could unwittingly open the door for a piece of malware to sweep the network. Yet at a different site, it might never have happened as either access would have been restricted or if a technology deployed on the front line to protect the organisation.

Clearly a fragmented policy is better than no policy at all, but the fact remains that inequality is rife within organisations, especially those with mobile workers and/or multiple locations because they lack the ability to centrally manage and apply policies. As companies look to embrace the cloud, this risk becomes extrapolated across even more potential touch points. Companies need to be able to centrally manage and apply policies. The danger is that if you don’t have a helicopter view how do you know that if you address a vulnerability at one location, you don’t introduce a new one at a different office?

There are several good reasons why equality is a strong human emotion. But one of the most critical is that is that it protects us. Amongst all the daily hype security teams have to wade through, equality is a strong guiding principle for a robust security policy.”

How do you think greater equality can be introduced to the security realm? Let us know on twitter @Bloxx.