Securly Makes Deep Inroads into Silicon Valley Schools with 1 in 4 schools Served

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Silicon Valley based online child safety startup signs up local schools in large numbers based on strength of new feature offerings.

As we started sending some of our Chromebooks home, one of the natural questions we had was how do we keep our kids safe. Securly came at the top of our list .. It took five minutes to install

Securly, Inc. – the world's leading cloud-based provider of Internet security for K-12 schools – today announced that it has signed up one in four schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The growth is all the more impressive given that it has come in less than two short years of sales operations. Districts served include Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Milpitas, Portola Valley, Dublin, Healdsburg, among many others. Besides public school districts who have contributed heavily to recent traction, customers also include the nation's leading Charter networks - Aspire Public Schools, Summit Public Schools, KIPP and Rocketship.

Securly's early success in the neighborhood can be attributed to the early adopter mindset and culture of innovation that prevails in Silicon Valley. Besides Securly, the Bay Area is also home to several other companies, including Barracuda, Palo Alto Networks and OpenDNS, that have pioneered web-filtering. So it was only natural that the next cycle of innovation in this space occur here. Whereas, earlier customers were brought on board with the appeal of cloud based web-filtering, more recent users have been attracted to Securly by newer offerings:

  • Ability to secure a heterogenous mix of devices including iPads, laptops and Chromebooks both in school and at home.
  • Bullying and self harm detection on social media using natural language processing.
  • Free e-mail reports and parent portal that offer the promise of boosting parental engagement.

Thanks to the pioneering parental integration feature from Securly, one in four Bay Area parents can now stay in touch with their child's activity on school issued devices.

Chin Song - Director of Technology at Milpitas Unified reflects on his decision to partner with Securly - "As we started sending some of our Chromebooks home, one of the natural questions we had was how do we keep our kids safe. Securly came at the top of our list .. It took five minutes to install."

Andrew Schwab, Chief Technology Officer for Union School District in San Jose, CA, uses Securly to manage district-wide filtering for over 5000 students. Schwab's decision to move to Securly was driven by the fact that his web-filtering appliance had failed suddenly. Bandwidth upgrades would have forced him to buy an expensive upgrade. Says Schwab - "With Securly, we were able to cut over from our appliance immediately because it was cloud based ... We just pointed our DNS servers at Securly, flipped the switch, and we were filtered again."

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