The foundation for a secure, adaptable infrastructure to support learning in K-12 schools is critical.

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Core network security requirements for K-12 An effective K-12 network security solution must therefore: • Protect students from harmful websites both at school and home on school-issued devices, in line with CIPA • Comprehensively protect the network from threats • Provide secure, high-speed wireless access for students, faculty, and staff using either school-issued or personal devices • Optimize network bandwidth for academic applications to enhance performance and productivity • 

Key components to consider To meet all these core requirements, several key components stand out for consideration when selecting a network security solution: 1. Gateway security services: These turn your firewall into a complete security solution that can prevent intrusions, block malware and spyware, inspect suspicious files, and provide application intelligence and control. Add SonicWall Advanced or Essential editions to get bundled security services. Or, choose from a host of services, such as Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Gateway Anti-Virus, Intrusion Prevention, Content Filtering Service and more. 

2. Multi-engine sandboxing: This stops unknown, zero-day attacks such as ransomware at the gateway with automated remediation. SonicWall Capture ATP offers a cloud-based multi-engine sandbox analyzes suspicious code to help discover and block newly developed malware from entering your network. 3. Wireless network security: This key component extends the protection applied to your wired network to your WiFi networks, to provide secure, high-speed wireless access for students, faculty, and staff, whether using schoolissued or personal devices. Our SonicWave 802.11ac Wave 2 access points (APs) can be untethered from the firewall, providing flexible management options. Take advantage of a broad range of advanced security features such as Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and Content Filtering Service (CFS) on the AP, a dedicated 

Deployment of key components in K-12 environment A typical K-12 network might deploy a SonicWall NSsp firewall at the district, plus NSa or TZ firewalls at schools, each running gateway security services, including Capture ATP, and each securely connected via site-to-site VPN. Content Filtering Service aids in CIPA compliance. Use a TZ 370 or TZ 670 firewall to connect PoE-enabled devices without a PoE switch, including wireless access points, IP phones, cameras and more. SonicWave access points can be untethered from the firewall and managed via cloud. Cloud App Security protects productivity platforms such as G Suite in the cloud. Capture Security Center adds singlepane-of-glass governance of security, networking, cloud apps, and wireless operations and policies. Conclusion In summary, when evaluating a comprehensive network security solution, K-12 school districts should require the key components of content filtering, TLS inspection, gateway security services, wireless network security, and WAN acceleration, as well as global management over all. Content filtering protects students from harmful websites both at school and home on school-issued devices, in line with CIPA requirements. DPI-SSL enables the detection of increasing amounts of encrypted threats, while gateway security.

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