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Introducing Cipafilter 9.4
Posted by Jim Giseburt on 03 May 2017 11:03 AM

We are happy to announce version 9.4 of our device firmware. With this latest iteration, we’ve focused on improving InSite™ reporting, enhancing our next-generation firewall capabilities, improving our notifications options, and adding the ability to create management users.

Content preview for YouTube Videos

Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t always determine the content of a YouTube video based solely on its title. To help you understand what your students are watching, hits for YouTube videos in InSite™ Reports now provide you the option to play the video in-line. No need to open a new browser window and copy/paste the video’s URL. Just click the YouTube icon, and a small window will pop up and play the video. You can watch the exact videos your students have without ever leaving InSite™.

InSite with YouTube video

Next-Gen Firewall Enhancements

In 9.4, We’ve expanded the capabilities of our next-generation firewall to include Application Control, which extends our advanced DPI functionality to non-web traffic. In practice, this means you can block protocols such as DNS, FTP, or RDP, as well as services like Facebook, Netflix, or Skype. Additionally, we’ve added port forwarding and firewall hit counters, letting you know how many times configured rules have been triggered.

Improved Notifications

We made improvements to the distribution of instant notifications, so they won’t flood your inbox. Concise, easy to read notifications result in an easier time identifying problems and acting accordingly.

You can also opt in to receive a daily or weekly digest of notifications if your prefer. We’ve added notifications for Suspicious Search Terms as well, rounding out our highly customizable notification system. This enables you to decide what you need to be alerted to, and when. If you have concerns about serious threats, like cyber-bullying or self harm, you can receive instant notifications whenever related terms are searched. For something less critical, like students trying to access game sites, you could choose to receive notifications once a week if you’d like. Since nobody know’s what’s important to your school better than you, our notification system is designed for customization; you decide what warrants an instant notification so you know you’ll get vital information right when you need it.

Management Users

We all need a little help sometimes, and your network is no different. You can now create user accounts with Web-Management, VPN, or SSH access, while still restricting access to other features.

Management User Privileges

Users with Group Permissions access can be restricted to managing a specific subset of groups, so you decide who and what your Management Users can oversee. In practice, this allows you to give access to superintendents or principals so they can view reports, without giving them the ability to change your network or security settings.

Other changes:

As with every new version of Cipafilter, we’ve made efforts to increase performance, efficiency, and effectiveness. In this cycle, we've improved database indexing and logging performance, as well as made other back end refinements to improve your unit's performance. You’ll also notice that we've changed a few names in our menu options; Content Filtering is now Web Filtering, and Stateful Firewall is now simply referred to as Firewall. Don't worry, you'll still get the same great functionality, as always.

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