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Cybersecurity for school boards and higher education

Protected school networks reduce malware risk, improve performance, and create safer environments for online learning.

Ensuring students, faculty and administration are well connected is important for CIRA’s strategic goal to help build a better online Canada.

As open environments with unique risk profiles, schools are high-risk targets for ransomware and other types of malware. School boards also require content filtering that recognizes the different needs of the schools they support. CIRA is pleased to offer a DNS Firewall program designed specifically for Canadian school boards and higher education:

  • Pricing that recognizes the different bandwidth and traffic patterns in education versus a corporate environment
  • Cloud service requiring no local investment in or management of hardware
  • Scalable system that doesn’t bog down as policies are put in place
  • Protection designed for a school’s inherently open environment
  • Location in Internet Exchange Points that are well peered to research and school board networks in order to deliver a faster recursive service for your users
  • High cache hit rate on queries further improves recursive performance
  • Integration with Google safe search and feeds from Canadian Cybertips to block child exploitation/pornography
  • Licensing that incorporates admin, faculty, student and guest-type networks under one simple structure

Not all users are online all the time and that not all schools need content filtering for all of their users and networks. This program recognizes your special place in Canada and the specialized needs of your students, faculty, and administration. CIRA helps schools across Canada with two services related to cybersecurity: DNS Firewall to help keep malware off your network and Anycast DNS to protect the public DNS from DDoS attacks and help keep websites, applications and email online.

CIRA also works very closely with research networks in Canada to deliver services that are well peered to the same networks schools use and we work to help improve the internet coast-to-coast-to-coast to make education better for the whole nation.

CIRA DNS Firewall

  • Add cost-effective cloud security in minutes
  • Create and segment different networks with different policies
  • Unique and powerful data science adds to defence-in-depth
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CIRA Anycast DNS

  • Protect websites, email, and applications from DNS DDoS attacks
  • Improve performance with strong Canadian footprint and global clouds
  • 100% up-time SLA and 24×7 support
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Awareness Training

  • End-user training and phishing simulations
  • Easy off-the-shelf deployment
  • Personal dashboards and powerful reporting
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