Cyberbullying a top concern identified in the 2015 Bloxx Education Survey

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After a busy festive period, then the BETT show and our big event in Texas next week, here at Bloxx HQ we have still managed to find the time to analyse the findings of our latest Education-focused survey.

Education IT executives have been telling us their biggest concerns regarding BYOD and the impact of Social media in a learning environment.

In a nutshell there is a lot – to say the least – causing IT executive’s headaches over allowing personal devices and Social Media to be used. Although, on the flip-side there is a lot being done – or at least planned to be done to ease some of the concerns highlighted.

Our Infographic below shows the top findings from the survey results (you can download the full report for all the ins-and-outs, here).

One of the main shockers for us at Bloxx, was the lack of monitoring of Social Media activity. Considering that combined 66% of establishments allow access to Social Media, either to only staff (40%) or both staff and students (26%). A shocking 69% do not actually monitor the activity, which is surprising due to the fact that the viewing of inappropriate content (56%) and productivity (66%) were deemed concerns for those surveyed.

Charles Sweeney, CEO, Bloxx commented: “Social media is both a powerful and purposeful tool for education, yet all too often it is misused causing debate and concern. The challenge is how we can unlock its power in order to create better learning environments for students without compromising their online safety. If children are to become safe and responsible users of technology, education organisations need to be vigilant. In no other environment is the industry mantra of people, process and technology so key to protecting all users of all ages.”

Bring Your Own Device/Tech (BYOD/T) has become something of a buzzword in the past few years, and not just in the education industry, and it is most definitely here to stay!

Please feel free to share our survey and you can download the Full Report here.

Infographic Survey Results

TCEA 2015 in Texas is almost here and this year Bloxx is thrilled to be exhibiting!

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Bloxx at TCEA, Booth 2688

TCEA2015, the largest Education Technology event in Texas is almost here and this year Bloxx is thrilled to be exhibiting.

More than 450 education and technology vendors will showcase their products and services during TCEA 2015. And for the first time this will include Bloxx! You can register here to attend.

We can’t wait to show off all our latest functionality, developed specifically for education. We will be on hand to showcase the flexibility and dynamism of Bloxx Web and Email filtering solutions as well as meet all our Channel Partners and Clients.

This year we have some new, benefit rich features, to share with you including; flexible social media controls, VLAN support, BYOT / 1:1 initiative support, Google Chromebook authentication, Khan Academy filtering and much, much more.

For the duration of #TCEA2015 we will be running a fantastic competition. Come and visit us on Booth 2688 and take a tailored product demo to discover the multitude of features and benefits of our Tru-View Technology (TVT). Join us on our TVT Tour and you could win yourself a brand new Smartwatch, or one of our awesome runner-up prizes!

Watch our blog for details of our competition, and how YOU could win at #TCEA2015.YouTube Video from Bloxx

We look forward to seeing you at the Bloxx Booth – # 2688, where you can see our latest video on show.

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During TCEA

Come and meet us at Booth 2688 where there are a number of ways you can get your hands on some amazing prizes, and free giveaways!

- Stick your business card in the bowl at the Bloxx stand to be in with a chance of winning a limited edition Bloxx TVT Tour T-shirt, we’re giving one away each day of the event!

- Complete a short demonstration of the latest Bloxx Filtering technology and have your badge scanned to be entered into the TVT Tour (Full T&Cs).

Get involved in the conversation using #TCEA2015 and Tweet to us at @Bloxx and we can schedule a meeting!

CIO Today – Things Technologists Say – with Bloxx CEO

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CIO Today magazine provides business leaders and CIO’s with up-to-date “peer-led insight into today’s technology”.

By gathering together industry experts and addressing the latest issues in technology environments, Bloxx have, rightly so, become a regular feature in the magazine.

This week see’s the release of CIO UK’s ‘The Big Book of Things Technologists Say’, featuring many nuggets of wisdom from some of the industry’s key thought leaders, including Bloxx CEO, Charles Sweeney. You can download the full e-Book here.

“The Internet of Things will force us to re-evaluate at a fundamental level who to trust, and should trust, with our data.”
Charles Sweeney, CEO at Bloxx

 

And here’s some more of our favourites…

“You can’t fight a new war with old weapons; the war for cyber security calls for a completely new approach.”
Tim Eades, CEO at vArmour

“Malware can turn your enter key into a self-destruct button.”
Joel Smith, CTO at AppRiver

“Being the first to market is critical – but that’s not the end game, working well when you get there, nurtures that advantage.”
Daryl Cornelius, Director ITO Enterprise EMEA at Spirent Communications

“We are moving to a space where, for the first time, physical damage via cyber warfare is no longer theoretical – it’s becoming a reality.”
Michael Sutton, VP of Security Research at Zscaler

“Technology is a double-edged sword – it can drive productivity but also cause chaos in the workplace.”
Tobias Andersson, Chief Operating Officer at Projectplace

“No one today should have the keys to your whole kingdom. Empower your employees enough to do their jobs, but not enough to take down your business.”
Kurt Mueffelmann, President and CEO at Cryptzone

“Large corporates, as we know them today, are sailing like the Titanic towards the iceberg of the Internet. They really don’t know what’s below the water.”
James Haycock, MD at Adaptive Lab

“The digital age is here and organisations need to embrace it. British six-year olds are already more digitally-aware than the average 45-year old adult!”
Robert Gothan, Founder & CEO at Accountagility

“It is important that people feel safe at all times regardless of the device they are using.”
Diego Navarrete, CEO at Panda Security

 

You can download the full e-book here.

 

Learning lessons from 2014 threats for a secure new year

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In the eyes of the security industry, 2014 was eventful (to say the least).

For those folks on-the-ball with online threats and Internet security, 2014 brought many headache-worthy threats, some of which boiled down to “fundamental flaws at the very heart of the internet” – namely, the Heartbleed and POODLE vulnerabilities.

Large-scale, hugely publicised data breaches also populated many headlines over the past 12 months, including the hacks of Sony and Target, sparking consumers to become conscious of their own data security.

As stories such as these emerged across mainstream news, security became a hugely talked-about topic, even between the non-techies, and highlighted further the importance of e-security.

As our CEO, Charles Sweeney discussed with our friends over at Pro Security Zone, the threats of 2014 may be behind us, but their aftermath should shape the security landscape of the year ahead.

Read Charles’s 2015 predictions, and how the issues of 2014 will be used as lessons in the full article here.

BETT 2015 is just around the corner, and we can’t wait!

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BETT 2015 is almost here and at Bloxx we can’t wait to show off all our latest functionality, developed specifically for education. We will be on hand to showcase the flexibility and dynamism of BloxxTVT Sheild Web filtering solutions and of course meet all you lovely people.

Our most recent product updates encompass a multitude of features, developed specifically for education. Please come and see our solutions for yourself at the Bloxx stand F358. (For those who visited us last year, we’re in the same spot!).

This year we have some new, really ground breaking features, including flexible social media controls, RADIUS authentication, VLAN support, BYOD / 1:1 initiative support, Google integration and much more, to improve the power of the Internet in education.

We will have some fab freebies at the event, but better still we’ll be running an exciting competition throughout BETT as part of our Tru-View Technology aka. TVT – Tour! You could win yourself a brand new Smartwatch, or one of our awesome runner-up prizes!

 

During BETT

Come and meet us at Stand F358 where there are a number of ways you can get your hands on some amazing prizes, and free giveaways!

- Stick your business card in the bowl at the Bloxx stand to be in with a chance of winning a limited edition Bloxx TVT Tour T-shirt, we’re giving one away each day of the event!

- Complete a short demonstration of the latest Bloxx Filtering technology and have your badge scanned to be entered into the TVT Tour (Full T&Cs).

- Chat to one of the team during BETT 2015, we will have phone holders, Bloxx cupcakes and other giveaways on the stand!

Get involved in the conversation using #BETT15 and Tweet to us at @Bloxx and we can also arrange any meetings!

Check out the full Bloxx BETT profile and don’t forget to register to attend BETT (…also it’s FREE!)