Coronavirus Update: Remote Working for Talk Straight and Schools Broadband Customers

Posted by Schools Broadband on 18/03/2020

Following on from the Government's announcement of school closures, we'd like to assure all our customers that we're here to offer support in ensuring your staff are able to work remotely and securely. We're equipped to ensure that essential administration and network continuity can still take place.

Our purpose-built Fortigate Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) and cybersecurity processors, ensure top-rated protection, as well as high-performance inspection of clear-texted and encrypted traffic when working remotely. Our firewalls are configured with built-in support for IPsec and SSL Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) as recommended for schools by the National Cyber Security Centre.

This enables remote workers to connect securely to the school’s network. Most Schools Broadband customers already have the existing technology to support this functionality.

To activate this please contact 01133 222 333 – Option 3 info@schoolsbroadband.co.uk

For added security levels, when accessing and protecting sensitive data, our FortiTokens provide two factor authentication for accessing your network securely and remotely. Two Factor Authentication is strongly advised for schools by the National Cyber Security Centre. The FortiTokens confirm the identity of users by adding a second factor to the authentication process, through physical or mobile application-based tokens.

School staff will have the ability to access email, internet, teleconferencing, file sharing, finance and HR platforms from their remote work sites. This includes access to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications in the cloud, such as Microsoft Office 365, as well as a secure connection to your school’s or office network. The FortiToken software will verify their identity and provide multifactor authentication.

The Fortinet Security Fabric is based on integrated and automated security architecture, allowing remote monitoring and management of devices from a single computer or pane of glass. Network Managers can achieve full visibility into all connected devices, regardless of their deployment situation.

Our Fortinet solutions are designed to be quick to deploy and easy to use. Appliances deployed at remote sites can be pre-configured before they’re received, allowing automatic set up on site, making home-working life easy for your staff.

The FortiGate NGFW inspects encrypted and plaintext traffic at enterprise scale with minimal performance impacts. However, it also includes an integrated VPN gateway that acts as an endpoint for encrypted connections to teleworkers. The FortiGate NGFW integrates Microsoft Active Directory (AD), and MFA and single sign-on (SSO) solutions.


For more information or to set up your remote working contact us on:
01133 222 333 – Option 3 or email: info@schoolsbroadband.co.uk