Managed Network overview

If giving schools access to safe & secure internet is what we do, the fully funded Managed Network is how we do it. But it’s more than just an internet connection. The Managed Network also comes with industry-leading filtering and firewall services, giving schools the confidence to use digital technologies for learning. Plus, every school has a dedicated Relationship Manager who is only ever a phone call away.

800,000+ Users
on the Managed Network

2,400+ NZ schools
connected

Blocked >550 million
cyber security threats*

*From Jan – Nov 2019

What’s included as part of the Managed Network?

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Managed Network connection

We provide all schools with access to safe & secure internet with built-in DDoS protection (which helps to prevent DDoS attacks impacting your school). And because we don’t believe bandwidth should be a barrier to learning, we make sure schools have access to all the bandwidth they need. Schools also don’t need to worry about how much data their students are using as we provide them with unlimited data.

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Safe and Secure Internet

Web Filtering (recommended)
Our web filtering protects staff and students from inappropriate content, and also provides every school with filtering on specific default categories. This filtering strengthens your school’s protection against online threats, and helps restrict access to inappropriate content.

Filtering rules can be further customised for each school based on the content they do or don’t want to allow based on categories or individual websites.

Firewall (recommended)
A firewall helps to protect against threats and malicious activity. It acts as a ‘wall’ between the school’s network and the internet, assessing content to determine if it’s allowed through or not. Schools can set up their own firewall rules to protect their internal networks.

DNS Threat Protection (recommended)
This helps minimise the impact of online threats to a school’s internet connection and further protects against malware, ransomware, phishing scams, VPN use, DDoS attacks and more. This service also enables Google SafeSearch for schools.

Greater ability to block VPNs
We do our best to block unwanted VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) as they can be used to bypass a school’s web filtering or security, but unfortunately no solution can be 100% successful. If a new VPN is discovered at one school, our network can block this same VPN from being used at another school – which means we’re continuously improving our ability to block unwanted VPNs.

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Additional options

HTTPS Inspection 
Schools can provide students with additional protection against inappropriate content and threats by implementing a function called HTTPS Inspection. This gives you the ability to understand what students are doing on the internet and allows schools to block searches and websites which feature defined keywords.

Remote Access 
Our Remote Access service provides teachers a secure way of accessing the school’s on-site systems so they can work just like they’re at school – even when they’re at home or out of town.

Mail Relay
The mail relay service allows any school to send large volumes of email to support frequent communication with parents. It also provides an additional layer of spam and virus filtering for schools that use an onsite email server.

Identity Awareness 
Identity Awareness is a capability that allows schools to identify and manage students & staff online while using the Managed Network. It allows you to view online usage data down to an individual student level in your reports and provides the necessary insights to promote positive digital citizenship.

Note: Currently we support onsite directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory, LDAP and RADIUS. We are working towards a simple solution for schools that only have G Suite or Microsoft Azure AD / Office 365.

Got questions? Get answers

You may have a few questions, so check out our FAQs or if you’d rather speak with someone about the Managed Network, call us on 0800 LEARNING or head to over to Support Hub.