EdgeWave Has Solution for CIPA Rules Requiring Schools to Monitor Social Networking Activity to Protect Students

Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:00am EDT

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  SAN DIEGO, CA, Jul 24 (Marketwire) -- 
EdgeWave Inc. (OTCBB: EWVE) (OTCQB: EWVE), a leading provider of Secure
Content Management (SCM) solutions, today announced that its iPrism
Social Media Security solution can help schools comply with Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) rules requiring them to monitor and
filter student interaction with social networking sites in order to
qualify for E-Rate funds. Schools must be in compliance with the new
rules as of July 1, 2012, or risk losing access to the funds. In
conjunction with its new social media solution for schools, EdgeWave has
established a cyberbullying resource center that includes information on
cyberbullying and how iPrism can help schools mitigate online threats to
students at cyberbullying.edgewave.com.

    iPrism Social Media Security allows schools to seamlessly monitor and
control user interactions with social networking applications such as
Facebook and Twitter and gives educators visibility into student
interactions with these sites. The FCC rules pertain to the certification
of compliance with CIPA requirements established on August 10, 2011. The
Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act revises a portion of the
Commission's rules, and requires that a school's "Internet safety policy
must also include monitoring the online activities of minors and must
provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including
interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in
chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response." 

    According to Melody Sheppard, Director of Technology for Warren County
Public Schools, "We are very concerned about social media use at our
school and our need to comply with the new CIPA rules. Virtually all of
our students are using social networking in one way or another and it's
something we would like to be able to manage rather than just block
completely."

    The FCC rules require K-12 schools to initiate policies and training with
the goal of teaching minor students appropriate online behavior. It also
requires that technology be in place to assure the safety of minors and
the protection of their personal information online, including protection
from participation in illegal activities, including "hacking." In
addition, language in the legislation acknowledges that social networking
sites are not inherently harmful and in fact can be a resource for
positive learning experiences when used appropriately. According to the
FCC, social networking sites "have the potential to support student
learning" and can enable users to "participate in online social networks
where people from all over the world share ideas, collaborate, and learn
new things." 

    "The new rules reflect the concern of legislators about both the use and
misuse of social networking by K-12 students," said Steve Brunetto,
EdgeWave Director of Product Management. "EdgeWave assists educators in
using social networking safely, without having to employ an
all-or-nothing approach. Solutions such as iPrism Social Media Security
and YouTube for Schools provide granular control over popular social
networking platforms, allowing educators to use social media to enrich
the learning experience while providing the tools they need to deal with
problems such as cyberbullying."

    About EdgeWave
 EdgeWave offers iPrism Web Security, a comprehensive
Secure Web Gateway solution that includes Hybrid Remote Filtering and
iPrism Social Media Security. EdgeWave also offers Email and Web Security
products and services including the ePrism Email Security Suite, which
includes fully-hosted solutions for Email Filtering, Email Data Loss
Protection with DLP and Encryption, Email Continuity, and Email Archiving
that can be accessed from a single user interface. 

    Based in San Diego, California, EdgeWave markets its solutions through a
network of value added resellers, ISPs and MSPs, distributors, system
integrators, OEM partners and directly to end users. For more information
about EdgeWave, visit www.edgewave.com

    Copyright2012 EdgeWave, Inc. All rights reserved. The EdgeWave, iPrism,
and ePrism Logos are trademarks of EdgeWave, Inc. All other trademarks
and registered trademarks are hereby acknowledged

    

Contact: 
Paula Wheeldon
EdgeWave
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
858-524-2004 
pwheeldon@edgewave.com 

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