Identity-Based System Help to Blocking Unwanted Sites, Massagers and Games

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Identity-Based System Help to Blocking Unwanted Sites, Massagers and Games

Colleges keep tabs on Net usage, network costs

Following the footsteps of corporates, scores of educational institutes are waking up to technology-based management solutions to cut costs, curb Net misuse and manage resources better.

Universities and institutions such as the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Symbiosis Institute (Pune), NTT-Rourkela, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies (Mumbai) to name a few, have implemented identity-based management solutions on their network servers, to trace multi-user behaviour and manage bandwidth.

These solutions not only protect the network infrastructure from viruses, spams, malware, but also help in allocating optimum web access to appropriate user.

Students in education institutes spend a considerable amount of time in non-productive Internet activities in the absence of a strong comprehensive network security solution.

These include sending IM messages to family and friends, chatting, downloading music/movies, playing online games and visiting objectionable sites. Chances are that students might also indulge in online gambling.

To offset misuse of Internet bandwidth, and to implement disciplinary measures, various educational institutes have started deploying identity-based systems or unified threat management systems (UTMs) “Such solutions help in many ways like managing bandwidth at user level, blocking unwanted sites, messengers and games,” says senior system analyst at Jamia Milia Islamia University Shane Kazim Naqvi.

“It is a perfect solution for educational institutions to manage their IT resources.” Adds professor-in-charge, campus networking at NIT-Rourkela Dr Sarat Kumar Patra, “An identity-based system gives complete visibility into the users’ behaviour even though there are multiple users per machine. This is not possible with IP address-based security.”

The cost, however, can vary anywhere between Rs.10 lakh and 30 lakh, depending upon the number of users in an institution and the contract spread over the years. Cost on bandwidth is incurred separately, which again can vary from Rs.10 lakh to Rs.50 lakh. “An organized system allows us to allocate bandwidth according to the requirements of a particular user, be it student, administrative staff or system analyst,” adds Naqvi.

According to his estimate, a minimum of 70% of cost is saved by installations of such systems.

Agrees Narsee Monjee Institute systems in-charge Anil Kumar, “As the number of concurrent users increase, one can also bring down the average cost per user.”

Cyberoam, developed by Ahmedabad-based Elitecore Group, is one such appliance, which offers an integrated solution for all internet threats.

“In educational institutions and libraries where multiple students and faculty access the Internet over shared machines, Cyberoam identifies student activity by the user name instantly, enabling institutions to easily monitor online activities,” says vice president-sales Cyberoam (India) Digvijay Sinh Chudasama.

Taking a cue from universities and autonomous institutes, schools are also opening up to the idea of implementing such cost-shaving methods. Delhi’s British School Society and GD Goenka School (Delhi) and Scindia School (Gwalior) have already installed the systems. With educational zones rapidly transforming into wi-fi zones, the issues extend beyond blocking chatting and porn sites.

A senior official at one of the medical colleges revealed that because of presence of a large number of people inside the campus, the authorities had to block various trading sites, because a few people were carrying on their shares’ trading businesses on campus. mahima.puri@timesgroup.com

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