Founded in 1975 with the combination of two of Armidale’s longest established schools, St. Ursula’s College and De La Salle College, O’Connor Catholic College (formerly O’Connor Catholic High School) is a co-educational Catholic secondary school in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
The College takes its name from former Bishop O’Connor, who was the Bishop of Armidale from 1904 to 1930, and his contribution to Catholic education in the diocese during this time was outstanding. The 72-year-old institution has a total of 500 students and 60 staff members.
- O’Connor Catholic College
- Located in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
- Co-educational secondary school
- 500 students
- 60 staff members
- Difficulty in accessing multiple applications
- Inability to block specific content
- Barracuda CloudGen Firewall F600
- Centralized management
- Efficient URL filtering
- Control over applications
Inability to Restrict Unwanted Content Affected the Flow of Studies
The problem was very apparent, and the institute initally turned to its IT department to control this issue manually. However, considering the requirements, the manual intervention could only help to a limited extent. The IT team at O’Connor Catholic College eventually started to look out for a specialized solution that could simplify accessing applications, as well as block certain content to maintain the decorum and avoid distractions in the classroom environment.
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall – A Complete Solution
After an extensive exercise of evaluating the most suitable web protection solutions in the market, O’Connor Catholic College decided to implement the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall F600. The Barracuda CloudGen Firewall has now given O’Connor Catholic College the ease to control, regulate, and block unrequired content as well as access various applications, which they previously had problems accessing.
Mark Harris, the ICT Coordinator for O’Connor Catholic College, mentioned that the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall’s user ability and what it could do brought a positive change in students’ concentration on their studies.
“Installing the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall increased our confidence as we now have better control over the content we would want to access or block. It has improved the classroom environment a great deal as there are no distractions like pop-ups or unwanted windows. Students are also restricted from accessing inappropriate content. As a result, they stay focused,” said, Mark Harris, ICT Coordinator, O’Connor Catholic College.
- Mark Harris, M.D, ICT Coordinator, O’Connor Catholic College
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