The Managed Network

Fast, reliable and safe internet


The Managed Network is an ultra-fast internet connection chosen by thousands of schools to deliver safe, reliable internet. From primary to high school let us take care of your digital needs, so you can get on with providing a great education for your students.

 

Making your connection safer

With the risk of online threats increasing every day, it’s more important than ever to make sure schools are protected when they use the internet. So we’re adding an extra layer of protection to your Managed Network connection.

If you don’t currently use our filtering service, we need you to get in touch and give us the green light. It won’t affect any additional security services you use right now – just think of it as an extra safety net.

Remember if you have any questions, call us on 0800 LEARNING

 

Threat Protection FAQs

How does N4L keep my internet safe?

Your connection to the Managed Network includes a number of security services that block access to inappropriate websites and stop malicious online threats.

Why is N4L adding a new layer of online threat protection?

Unfortunately, online threats keep evolving, which means we need to regularly review and upgrade our safety and security services. Ultimately, it’s all about protecting your staff and students, giving them the confidence to learn in a safe online environment, both now and in the future.

What sort of online threats does it protect my school from?

It’s mostly malicious threats like malware and phishing scams. There will also be better protection against the use of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), which can be used to bypass a school’s web filtering tool.

How does the online threat protection work?

Put simply, the extra layer of threat protection blocks inappropriate or unwanted websites and apps from your school. In more technical terms we’re leveraging DNS, which checks requested domain names against a constantly updating list compiled from many different threat feeds.

Do I or my ICT contact need to do anything?

No you shouldn’t have to, however this may be a good time for your ICT contact to check that your internal network DNS forwarders are set to N4L’s DNS servers 122.56.237.1 & 210.55.111.1.

Once the new service is switched on, will I notice anything different?

Most of the threats will be blocked behind the scenes without you ever noticing. But if a threat is detected on a website you’re trying to access, you might see a block page which looks something like this:

This could be because you’ve been protected against one of the following:

  • Malware sites: dedicated websites hosting software designed to disrupt, damage or gain access to a device at your school.
  • Phishing sites: fraudulent websites used by cybercriminals to solicit personal information (e.g. passwords, credit card details, money) to misuse.    
  • Command & Control servers: computers controlled by cybercriminals/attackers that are used to send commands to devices that have been compromised by malware.  
  • Anonymizers: Refers to the illegitimate use of a VPN (virtual private network) – it is a proxy service that is used in an attempt to make activity on the internet untraceable.  

If you have trouble accessing a site or application that you were able to access before, just give our Helpdesk a call and they’ll get you sorted.

Will the additional layer of threat protection cost us anything?

No, the good news is that this extra layer of threat protection is fully funded as part of your Managed Network connection.  

Is the extra layer of threat protection being added to all schools, or just my school?

All schools who use the Managed Network will benefit from the upgrade to our threat protection.

What if we don’t use N4L Filtering or Firewall? Can we still benefit from the threat protection upgrade?

You sure can. Our threat protection works alongside ANY security service your school has in place on your network. While your existing service may protect you from many online threats, having an additional layer will keep your staff and students even safer.

Will this affect how Google Safesearch works?

No –  Google Safesearch will work just like normal.

N4L’s Managed Network services include:

Internet Connection

A dedicated connection direct to your school provides uncapped, fast, reliable internet access.

Web Filtering

Our web filtering tools and expert team are working to help schools keep students safe online.

Network Security

N4L’s Firewall acts as a gatekeeper between your school and the internet, guarding against threats.

Email Filtering

Email scams and annoying spam are taken care of with our email filtering software.

Remote Access

Providing flexibility to safely work remotely from anywhere, with access via web and mobile.

Performance Monitoring

Ensuring your school stays online and proactively solving technical issues before they have an impact.