IoT – Everyone is Working to the Beat of Their Own Drum

We’re hurtling towards a connected future, one that promises a technological landscape so attuned to our behaviour, preferences and habits that it will simply fade into the background – with a promise to be so integrated into our lives that we won’t even notice it.”

“At the moment efforts in this area are too fragmented – everyone is working to the beat of their own drum. There needs to be much wider industry collaboration and the establishment of a working body that everyone signs up to. That is the only way to ensure the connected future is a safe one.” Continue reading IoT – Everyone is Working to the Beat of Their Own Drum

Education’s balancing act – YouTube and ensuring safe content

The safety of children online is in the spotlight, more so every day, and rightly so, as highlighted in a previous Bloxx post “A child safe Internet”.

We recently commented for the Education Today magazine, find the full article on page 12 of the latest edition.

“Any concerns I have with the app, aren’t to do with its technical merit. To my mind YouTube Kids and subsequently announced Vine Kids, are indicative of a wider industry trend that should be embraced. Continue reading Education’s balancing act – YouTube and ensuring safe content

Rendcomb College reclaims control of web users with Bloxx’s superior reporting and full HTTPS inspection

Gloucestershire-based Rendcomb College facilitates girls and boys aged from 3 to 18, on an independent, day or boarding basis. The college suffered numerous issues with the Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution previously used to provide web filtering for the establishment’s 500+ web users.

A classic case of, ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’. The UTM provided the college with a suite of security solutions from anti-virus to web filtering, however the sophistication of the filtering element was well below par. There were many different issues experienced by Network Manager, Martyn Harrison the first of which, surrounded HTTPS filtering – specifically the fact that this widely-used set of web traffic could not be filtered through the UTM. Continue reading Rendcomb College reclaims control of web users with Bloxx’s superior reporting and full HTTPS inspection

Scottish Government ‘Super Database’ – The privacy, security and legal fears

The Scottish National Party’s (SNP) plans to create a “super database” that would capture and store data about Scottish citizens’ health, and share it with other government bodies, has been criticised by privacy campaigners who believe the system could be a ploy to sneak in a national ID scheme through the back door. Continue reading Scottish Government ‘Super Database’ – The privacy, security and legal fears

Motivate your Millennials

It’s massively debated but the term Millennials applies to the generation born between 1980’s and 2000 – or thereabouts! In short, the generation of people who were born into a world already instilled with technology, they have not known a life without the internet, and – aside from a few of the younger years – have never known life without a mobile.

Goldman Sachs have undertaken research into “one of the largest generations, poised to reshape the economy” and displayed the findings in a stunning interactive infographic. Continue reading Motivate your Millennials