Lightspeed Systems Announces Update to Its Web Filtering Solution for Google Encrypted Search

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In response to recent Google announcement of enhanced encrypted search, Lightspeed Systems releases an update to its K12 content filter

Today, Lightspeed Systems announced that an update to its web filtering solution has been developed in preparation for yesterday's announcement from Google regarding encrypted search.

Nearly two years ago, Google raised concerns in the K12 community when it launched encrypted search, which provided anonymity and privacy to consumers, but prevented schools from filtering search results, reporting on searches, and blocking inappropriate images. In response, Google moved its encrypted search to a separate domain, allowing schools to block the encrypted https://www.google.com domain while still allowing (and filtering and logging) searches on the unencrypted http://www.google.com domain.

Yesterday, Google announced plans to enhance encrypted search and to redirect logged-in users to an encrypted https domain. In response, Lightspeed Systems has developed an update to its award-winning web filter to accommodate the encrypted search in K12 schools.

The latest Lightspeed Systems software release, which will be available next week, will ensure that Lightspeed Systems customers remain CIPA-compliant, safe and secure in their filtering and monitoring.

"Basically, we are transparently redirecting any encrypted search request to a special domain Google has created for schools: nosslsearch.google.com," explains Lightspeed Systems Chief Technology Officer, Rob Chambers. "With our filter, districts will be able to use Google search, to filter search results, and to log searches—as well as use the many other Google services they rely on—safely and securely."

Lightspeed Systems developers worked closely with Google to accommodate Google encrypted search and to ensure that this latest Google release would not negatively impact K12 districts. Because schools rely heavily on web-based services and content to engage students in learning, Lightspeed Systems is constantly updating its filtering technology with features that enable safe, CIPA-compliant, monitored access to online tools and resources.

Updates to the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter will be available free to customers.

For more information about Google encrypted search, visit: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/making-search-more-secure.html

Lightspeed Systems customers can visit the Lightspeed Products Blog for the latest information on this and other topics.

About Lightspeed Systems
To Lightspeed Systems, education isn't an industry; it's a passion. Their 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 their solutions are used in more than 2,000 school districts for more than 7 million students. Their products have won numerous awards and their 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 they've done, they're interested in what they can do, together: transform education. For more information, call 661-716-7600, or visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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