Lightspeed Systems Announces Update to Web Filter to Support Proxy Option

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Apple Inc.'s release of iOS 6 with global proxy support leads to a new proxy setting in the Lightspeed Systems Rocket appliance

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This new feature is the latest Lightspeed Systems development that focuses on empowering transformative education through safe, mobile, collaborative learning.

Today Lightspeed Systems announced an update to its award-winning web filtering solution that will provide support for a proxy option. This update follows Apple Inc.'s announcement of a global proxy option in iOS 6. Together, this iOS and Lightspeed Systems gives users a seamless web experience.

With the global proxy support option in iOS 6, schools will be able to define a proxy server to which user web browsing requests are routed. And with the update to the Lightspeed Systems web filter, schools can specify the Lightspeed Systems Rocket appliance as the proxy server to which requests are routed. With this, filtered access, CIPA compliance, appropriate browsing, and monitoring can be enforced

Safety is an ongoing concern for schools implementing mobile learning programs and rolling out iPad devices and other tablets. Content filtering gives schools the safety and security to confidently give students devices that can be used on or off campus.

Benefits of this new proxy option include integration with Safari and other Apple tools for a more seamless (but still safe, filtered) user experience. Other benefits of the new proxy setting include the ability to accurately identify and filter encrypted traffic, including Google services, which are popular with educators.

Rob Chambers, VP Product Development at Lightspeed Systems, has been preparing for this latest Apple announcement: "Many of our customers are rolling out iPad devices to students," he shares. "With this new proxy setting we are able to provide a safe, filtered user experience that works seamlessly with Apple devices."

This new feature is the latest Lightspeed Systems development that focuses on empowering transformative education through safe, mobile, collaborative learning.

This new feature eliminates the need for the Lightspeed Systems iOS Mobile Browser application, which was a replacement to be used in lieu of Safari. Now, users can use native apps, including Safari, and still receive the granular Lightspeed Systems filtering and reporting.

In advance of the Apple release, the new setting will be available with the next update of the Lightspeed Systems web filter on September 15, 2012. Lightspeed Systems customers are encouraged to apply the update and work with support to enable the new feature.

About Lightspeed Systems
To us, education isn't an industry; it's a passion. Our solutions make it safe, secure, and easy for IT staff to give users access to resources that make learning engaging, collaborative—and real.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has been partnering with, listening to, and supporting IT staff in schools—making their day-to-day tasks manageable and their educational goals reachable. Today our solutions are used in more than 2,800 school districts for more than 9 million students. Our products have won numerous awards and our company has been recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies for the last five years. But more than what we've done, we're interested in what we can do, together: transform education. For more information, call 661-716-7600, or visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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