Trustmarque Solutions to sell Securus Software e-safety products
York, UK – 3rd September 2008 – Trustmarque Solutions, the software licensing experts, has today announced that it has signed a new agreement with Securus Software, to provide its e-safety software to primary and secondary schools in the UK. Securus Software is dedicated to protecting children through the use of technology.
Securus monitors ICT networks for inappropriate language and provides alerts should there be any unauthorised or inappropriate use of the facilities. It is safer than using blocking software alone, as Securus covers all computer applications, not just the Internet, and provides alerts when ‘proxy bypass’ sites have been used to bypass internet blocking. Securus Software provides website-locking, blocking and word filters, while also creating a record or incidents to provide physical evidence of any wrong-doing to ensure pupils and teachers are protected.
Rob Newburn, Information Security Manager for Trustmarque Solutions, comments: “With the rise of social networking and the greater dependence on technology in schools, there is a need for greater security to protect children from dangers such as cyber-bullying and online grooming. It is not enough to rely on Internet blocking software to keep students safe as blocking can be bypassed, while cyber-bullying and offline misuse goes undetected. This is why we were particularly drawn to Securus Software, as it is an expert in e-safety, and has a great product that we feel there is a real market for. There is a clear message that we can take to our customers, with real tangible benefits.”
It is currently estimated that 49 percent of all young people aged 8 to 17 have a profile on at least one social networking site, and one in three teenagers have been victims of cyber-bullying. A government review of child internet safety, conducted by Dr Tanya Byron in March, showed that there is a real need to monitor and reduce the availability of inappropriate or harmful content. Key recommendations include the need to monitor ICT activity and keep a record of incidents. Industry self-regulation has also been sited as a key strategy and this is one way that schools can proactively support students and teachers.
Securus Software is currently used in over 1000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, as well as the Children’s Service departments. The company has a strong reputation in child protection, and provides advice to organisations on the need for ICT protection, e-safety policies and the use of technology. The company hopes that the new partnership with Trustmarque will increase sales of the technology, as Derek Allen, Managing Director at Securus, explains:
“We are extremely pleased to have signed up with Trustmarque as it has a long standing reputation for excellence in software provision and a real understanding of the issues facing the education sector. This is a great move for us as we will now be able to leverage Trustmarque’s existing relationships, which have been built up over a long time, within the public sector to promote the product to more schools. Cyber-bullying and online grooming are increasingly issues of concern, and with the help of Trustmarque we will be able to extend our reach to ensure we can help protect more children across the UK from online dangers and increase awareness of e-safety.”
To find out more, please visit: www.trustmarquesolutions.com.
About Trustmarque Solutions
Established in 1987, Trustmarque is one of the largest software licensing companies in the UK. A specialist software licensing consultancy, Trustmarque provides expert advice to all kinds of organisations to help its customers buy the right licences for their business in the most cost efficient way. In particular Trustmarque has a stronghold in Public Sector, the NHS and a wide range of Corporate accounts. Trustmarque is a Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) and has Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status.
Trustmarque Solutions has worked with The CarbonNeutral Company (formerly Future Forests) leaders in the field of carbon management and climate change solutions to become a CarbonNeutral® company.
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About Securus Software
Specialising in the education sector, Securus has partnered with schools, local authorities and Grids for Learning since 2003. Currently, Securus works with more than 1000 primary and secondary schools. It also partners with Children's Services departments, monitoring the safety of vulnerable children.
With a strong reputation in child protection, Securus advises organisations on the need for e-safety policies and how to implement them. It regularly contributes to seminars, conferences and press articles on e-safety, helping to raise awareness of cyberbullying and internet grooming issues.
Underpinning the freedom to use computers and the internet responsibly, Securus identifies any misuse or unacceptable behaviour, in line with government and BECTA guidelines.
Securus monitors networks for inappropriate language, capturing screenshot evidence and alerting staff if pupils use: bullying or threatening behaviour; inappropriate internet sites; computers for unacceptable personal use during lessons. It also notifies schools of potentially harmful situations, such as: signs of depression or suicide; predator grooming; sexual, racial or religious harassment; drugs, pornography or gambling.
For further information visit www.securus-software.com
For further information:
C8 Consulting Ltd for Trustmarque
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