Pascack Valley High School NJ, USA
Pascack Valley High School, 200 Piermont Avenue, Hillsdale,
NJ 07642, USA
About Pascack Valley High School, Education
Pascack Valley Takes a Unified Approach to CIPA Compliance with
Cyberoam Identity-based Security
Pascack Valley Regional High School District opened in 1955. It is a regional public
high school district encompassing students from four communities in the Pascack
Valley region of Bergen County, New Jersey serving students in grades 9 – 12 with an
approximately 1,623 students.
UTM was the major
cornerstone of Pascack
Valley’s ability to comply with
CIPA regulations, a crucial
step in maintaining eligibility
for E-Rate technology funding
Mr. Willie Pico
(District Network Administrator)
Pascack Valley introduced laptops and wireless access to its students, and needed to
implement an identity-based security system that would allow students to carry their
own personal Internet access policies anywhere within the school network. The
school district also wanted to be able to define access policies based on the student’s
level of required Internet access -- no matter how or where they logged into the
Like many other educational institutions, Pascack Valley’s students have computer
access throughout their respective schools, and the school district has received a
state-wide reputation for being technologically innovative with individual student
“We needed a solution that would prevent unauthorized students from viewing
inappropriate content, a step that is necessary for complying with the Children’s
Information Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA, passed in 2000, addresses concerns about
student access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library
computers,” said Willie Pico, District NetworkAdministrator, Pascack Valley.
But in complying with CIPA, Pascack Valley did not want to implement multiple
security appliances, as they involve high capital expense and high operational
expenses with annual maintenance contracts. In addition, using multiple security
appliances increases operational complexity with multiple upgrades and patches,
and dealing with multiple vendors can be challenging. Day-to-day management and
controls of multiple appliances is also very resource intensive.
The Cyberoam Solution
The Pascack Valley School District decided to implement Cyberoam UTM Model CR
1000i, which provides firewall/VPN, bandwidth management, multiple link
management, anti-virus, anti-spam, intrusion detection and prevention, and content
Cyberoam’s unique identity-based security approach delivers real-time network
protection against evolving Internet threats. Cyberoam applies security policies
based on the individual user’s identity - advancing the school district ahead of
conventional solutions that bind security to IP-addresses only.
Cyberoam’s identity-based security solution provides full academic flexibility while
ensuring complete security in Pascack Valley’s multiple-user-shared PC
environment, as well as DHCP and Wi-Fi environments, by identifying individual
users within the network.
“In addition to creating user identity-based policies and unique identities for each
student, faculty, and administration, we can track student traffic by the user name,
providing instant visibility into any student’s activity and allowing us to make proactive
policy changes as needed,” said Pico.
The unique design of the Cyberoam solution ensures that students’ security policy
settings are applied wherever they are on campus, and allows them to utilize Internet
and network resources freely, while providing assurance that resource abuse will be
not permitted. Any such attempts are properly logged. Doing so enables Pascack
Valley to comply with CIPA regulations and maintain eligibility for E-Rate technology
Cyberoam’s granular reporting also provides Pascack Valley with an exact picture of
Web trends and usage based on each individual student’s identity. This allows the
school administration to track inappropriate and malicious activity and revise access
policies if necessary. The Traffic Discovery module provides the school district with
accurate, real-time details of the Internet activity on the network.
Leveraging cyclic access and stipulated time-bound access per day, Cyberoam’s fullfunctioned
bandwidth management feature ensures that the total Internet bandwidth
is not monopolized by a particular user or application.
“I was particularly impressed by Cyberoam’s dashboard that provides me with a
single screen, bird’s-eye-view of what is happening in my network, in real-time. I also
love the real-time IDP alerts that tell me who is trying to access inappropriate content– and when and where they are doing it,” said Pico.
Implementing Cyberoam’s UTM solution provided Pascack Valley with the costeffective,
centrally-managed solution with easy web-based controls over all the
security features – all over a single platform.
“In a nutshell, Cyberoam’s UTM Model 1000i not only met our expectations, but well
exceeded them,” Mr. Pico concluded. Pico also stated that the installation of
Cyberoam’s solution was expected to save the school district $6,400 in the first year,
and $30,000 in the second year.