Barracuda Networks Integrates with YouTube for Schools
Integration Enables Barracuda Web Filter and Barracuda Web Security Flex Customers to Restrict YouTube Access to Educational and Other Approved Content
Campbell, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2012) – Barracuda Networks Inc., a leading provider of security, networking and data protection solutions, today announced its integration with YouTube for Schools, a new education-specific portal that provides comment-free access to only approved videos. Educational institutions using the award-winning Barracuda Web Filter and Barracuda Web Security Flex solutions now have a seamless way to provide safe access and searching capabilities for students, faculty and staff.
Barracuda Networks’ integration with YouTube for Schools provides a better approach for administrators to manage access to YouTube, which is critical as more and more valuable educational content comes online. Administrators benefit from:
· Seamless access. IT administrators can enable “YouTube for Schools” with a simple click of the button within the solutions’ management portals.
· Automatic policy enforcement. All requests to YouTube can be automatically redirected to the educational portal, bypassing unsavory content and comments and providing safe, regulated access and searching capabilities.
· Teacher accounts. IT administrators can specify “teacher accounts” without the restrictions placed on student accounts or anonymous users.
· Direct access. Students are able to directly connect with the educational portal’s content which is provided by teachers.
"The YouTube for Schools portal provides access to valuable educational content for our staff and students without the concern of inappropriate content or comments,” said Karen Palmer, director of technology at Billings Public Schools. “When the portal was announced, our teachers begged us to implement it immediately. We contacted our filtering vendor, Barracuda Networks, and once again, Barracuda was ahead of the curve with a simple, ready-to-use solution that was easily implemented on equipment that we already own. We appreciate Barracuda Networks' commitment to the educational community and the company’s continued dedication to anticipating our needs."
“With the number of valuable educational videos available and the growing use of streaming media in the classroom, blocking access to YouTube completely is not a viable long-term solution,” said Steve Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks. “This integration provides administrators some editorial control to allow access to valuable educational videos without exposing students to malicious or inappropriate content.”
About Barracuda Web Filter
The Barracuda Web Filter is an award-winning, on-premises Web content filtering and anti-malware solution for organizations of all sizes. Available in six hardware models and as a virtual appliance, the Barracuda Web Filter is easy to deploy and can be set up and running in minutes. With no per user fees, the Barracuda Web Filter is one of the most economical Web security solutions on the market today.
About Barracuda Web Security Flex
Barracuda Web Security Flex is a cloud-based web security offering that protects users both in and out of the workplace from malicious content. With complete management and reporting in the cloud, administrators can enforce common Internet usage policies across their organizations. Data centers throughout the world can proxy traffic directly or through software agents to ensure that all traffic is inspected and secured prior to reaching the users’ Web browsers. Optional hardware and virtual appliance gateways can provide local policy enforcement, caching, acceleration and user identification for larger premises. Barracuda Web Security Flex features all-inclusive pricing so the economics are the same for customers whether they choose any combination of pure cloud, software agents, appliances or virtual appliances in their deployments.