Framlingham Product Release

8th March 2016 Crista Renouard News, Updates No comments

Framlingham introduces a new directory type, a new Safeguarding reporting suite, and a simplified Connect for Chromebooks that is now easier than ever to set up.

The new directory type allows Chromebook users to be filtered based on their Google Apps group membership without requiring a link to Active Directory or GADS. The Safeguarding reporting suite allows customers to view and raise alerts on users who engage in risky behavior, radicalization, bullying and adult content. 


Google as a Directory Service for Chromebooks

Google as a directory service for Chromebooks allows user authentication and group mapping based on Google Apps accounts and group memberships. This new directory type can be used with Connect for Chromebooks to achieve filtering without the need for an AD or setting up Google Active Directory Sync.

It is possible to map Smoothwall groups to Google groups, allowing rules such as content filtering policies from the Smoothwall to be applied based on groups. Synchronization with Google directory happens on demand with the click of a button rather than via real time communication with Google every time a user logs in.

Initially it is possible to set up a single domain, support for sub-domains will follow in future features to allow group mapping by organizational units.


Simplified Connect for Chromebooks

Connect for Chromebooks has been improved to reduce the number of setup steps required. The verification checks against the Google authentication service are now optional, and can be set up in the Google Developer Console. These verification checks are recommended if the Chromebook devices are not enrolled or fall under BYOD.

Smoothwall connect for chromebooks                                                                                 Smoothwall connect for chromebooks



Smoothwall safeguarding report

Safeguarding provides a proactive way to report and monitor attempted students breaches within your Smoothwall system. It allows the System Administrator to run reports against users on their network for specific time periods to show if they have breached any of safeguarding rulesets which have been deemed sensitive. A color coded indicator shows the severity of the breaches. The 7 safeguarding category rulesets are pre-defined in the system; for example, radicalization includes the Guardian categories of terrorism and intolerance.


Each category within a ruleset has a severity level assigned to it, the severity level of the ruleset breach reflects the highest level of category breach. For example if the user breaches against intolerance which is a caution, and terrorism which is danger, the ruleset breach will show as danger.




screenshot 2 - portal-safeguarding-running_single_userThe Safeguarding full report is ordered by user breaches, first by level of breach severity, then by number of breaches. Clicking on an individual user gives a detailed user activity report, showing any breaches within the report period selected.






Smoothwall Context of an individual breach


Within the user activity report, clicking on a breach expands the view to include all browsing history within 5 minutes either side of the breach. This detailed report provides an administrator with a context to a user’s activities, helping them to determine if intent is present or not. 


The System Administrator is able to set up a daily, weekly or monthly email notification against a chosen ruleset, and enter the email addresses of the contacts that wish to receive it.






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