Censornet: How to Safeguard 1,500 Users by Going Beyond Web Security

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In the dynamic and vulnerable landscape of educational institutions, Royal Russell School, a prominent independent day and boarding school in South London, faced a complex cybersecurity challenge. With a diverse community of 1,100 pupils ranging from three to 18 years old and sprawling across 110 acres of facilities, the school needed a comprehensive security solution. The goal was not only to safeguard the school's systems against malicious attacks but also to protect its pupils, who are considered vulnerable data subjects under data protection law.

Royal Russell’s distinctive approach, "different by design," emphasises the individual brilliance of each pupil. This philosophy extends to their commitment to cybersecurity, recognising the need to go beyond standard web security measures. The challenge was multifaceted: ensuring the online safety of 1,500 users, including staff and students, while upholding the rights of children in accordance with data protection regulations.

To address these needs, Royal Russell implemented an integrated security system comprising Web, Email, and Cloud Application Security, facilitated by a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). This solution offered a robust, enterprise-class threat detection system that was essential for a safe online environment. The Web Security component played a crucial role in monitoring internet usage and preventing access to harmful content. Email Security was critical in protecting against phishing attacks and other email-based threats. Meanwhile, the Cloud Application Security aspect ensured safe and compliant use of cloud-based applications, a vital component for modern educational settings. 

This case study exemplifies Royal Russell School's proactive approach in implementing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, safeguarding not just their systems, but more importantly, their students, staff, and the unique educational environment they cultivate.