Keeping Children Safe in Education: One Year On

One year ago, the current safeguarding statutory guidance for schools and colleges came into effect. The Department for Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education commenced on 5 September 2016, replacing the previous July 2015 edition.


Diagnosis: Blocking Hotspot Shield

Introducing our unique anti-spoofing technology that allows Iceni to block the Hotspot Shield VPN.

New Support Engineer

We are extremely excited to welcome Chris Rose-Walker to the team, who will enable us to maintain the high quality of technical support and pace of innovation that our customers have come to expect.

Iceni Web Proxy - Important Upgrade

To ensure that applications can continue to operate through your Iceni web filter, you must deploy a new security certificate to all devices on your network.

Christmas 2016 Newsletter

Our Christmas 2015 newsletter is now out! Download it here!


How To: Whitelisting embedded MathsWatch videos

MathsWatch is a set of mathematics resources available to schools and colleges, which includes a virtual learning environment containing embedded videos. The videos themselves are hosted on the Vimeo platform, which unfortunately also contains content which is unsuitable for children. Most schools therefore prefer to block their students' access to Vimeo.


Embedded Vimeo Videos

Back in 2014 we added the unique ability to automatically whitelist YouTube videos that are embedded in educational websites, without unblocking the whole of YouTube. With an increasing number of educational resources now hosting content on Vimeo, we've added support for doing the same with embedded Vimeo videos.

Testing Internet Speeds

Recently, a few of our customers have upgraded their internet connections. Wanting to test the shiny new connections and demonstrate that they were money well spent, they went to and were disappointed to discover that the reported speeds were unexpectedly low when the traffic was routed through their Iceni web filter. We ended up fielding a few support calls relating to this, and after some investigation discovered that the low speeds being reported were largely due to flaws in the application.


RADIUS Improvements

For effective safeguarding, it is not enough to just filter the internet. Identifying which user is responsible for each web request is extremely important, as this allows for filtering to be tuned to the individual users, and for reports to be used effectively to address abuses and concerns with the individuals involved.. The Department for Education's draft Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges document emphasises the importance of this:

75. As schools and colleges increasingly work online it is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. As such governing bodies and proprietors should ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system. Governing bodies and proprietors should be confident that systems are in place that will identify children accessing or trying to access harmful and inappropriate content online.

HTTPS Interception

What is it, why is it important and how does it work?

What is it?

HTTPS interception encompasses several mechanisms that online safety systems or web filters use to examine encrypted internet communications. The terms "SSL interception" and "TLS interception" are sometimes also used interchangably.

Why is it important?

Safeguarding students is incredibly important for schools. Online safety systems such as web filters are a key part of any safeguarding strategy. These systems block inappropriate material, record an audit trail and report on any concerning behaviour.