As of 2011 there were 139,204 educational institutions in the United States, including all public and private k-12 schools, as well as all degree-granting, higher education colleges and universities.3 

These institutions, in many cases are a more dynamic and difficult environment to maintain security for multiple reasons, including:

  • The large number of students, staff and in many cases, alumni who access the internet through the educational network
  • Open access to information protocols that error on this side of little to no filtering or age-appropriate content
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) real-time access or 1:1 initiatives such as on-line testing and customized curriculum from outside experts regardless of where in the world the student accessed the network

Educational institutions today have the same issues as corporate America with malware, APT, DDoS, spam, viruses, phishing and application layer attacks. Barrier1 provides an affordable way for school districts to protect their network through all points of entry and identify and block, not only the known cyber-attacks but the mutated, never-before-seen, polymorphic threats – all in real-time. And with its integration authentication for advanced cyber threat filtering – SafeSearch authentication and URL identification via “deep inspection” – Barrier1 delivers individual and group profiles on a macro and micro granular level ensuring network security for 1:1 teaching initiatives or BYOD mobility.

To learn more about Barrier1, contact your Barrier1 sales representative. Call 763-422-3776, e-mail us at

3 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (NCES 2014-015), Chapter 2.