Digital Transformation of our Nation’s Schools is Making a Difference
The digital transformation underway across our nation’s schools is revolutionizing teaching and learning – unlike any other time in our nation’s history. Imagine boosting digital equity, giving all students access to modern learning resources, breaking geographical and cultural boundaries, and allowing teachers to bring the knowledge beyond the classroom. These are just some elements of the digital transformation now underway across our nation’s classrooms.
With these academic advancements come risks relative to students accessing inappropriate content – or worse, students engaging in cyber-bullying or threats to harm themselves or others. Yet, K-12 content filtering providers are not focused on student safety, nor do they provide an enterprise-grade cybersecurity solution. Many systems focus on supplemental features inherent in most smartphones and other systems, rather than offer a third-party validated Zero Trust cybersecurity platform capable of serving the highest regulated sectors.
Our Students Deserve the Best Cybersecurity Protection – With No Gimmicks
iboss, the leading award-winning Zero Trust K-12 cybersecurity platform, serves Education, Healthcare, Retail, and Banking industries. The company decided from its inception to not focus on gimmicks but to concentrate on student safety and academic success. Its enterprise global cloud security platform is used across the most highly regulated verticals, including the largest Fortune 100 companies. Think about it: iboss provides the very same technology to our schools that is used by the military. The company’s inspiration comes from its co-founders who come from a family of educators and have been catalysts contributing to making a national partnership with Gaggle a priority.
Partnering with the Leader in School Safety
Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts as they manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a powerful combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives while also mitigating their liability. During the 2021–22 academic year, Gaggle helped districts save the lives of 1,548 students who were planning or actively attempting suicide.
Transforming the Digital Revolution Our Students Deserve
Today, iboss and Gaggle are setting a new standard in the market to keep our students safe. The iboss Zero Trust platform integration with Gaggle is transforming this digital shift in alignment with federal best practices and standards. By making all applications private, iboss eliminates the top three initial ransomware infection vectors as identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). With applications, data and services made accessible only through the iboss Zero Trust Edge, cyber risk is greatly reduced while breaches and data loss are prevented.
iboss’ integration with Gaggle Safety Management speeds the review of any search terms or keywords flagged by iboss. When iboss flags a student’s internet search for words that may signal potentially dangerous or harmful behavior, an alert is sent to the Gaggle Safety Team, who will review it and determine if it should be forwarded to the school or district. If the Gaggle team identifies a questionable content search, the school or district receives an email alert. If the alert shows an imminent threat to the student’s life or well-being, Gaggle’s Safety Team will immediately call the district’s point of contact.
For more information about the iboss/Gaggle partnership visit this press release.
If your district is seeking best-of-breed support in navigating a digital transformation, visit For Education – iboss and request a demo.
Blog by Greg Ottinger, Ed.D.
Greg Ottinger is a native San Diegan who has spent the last two decades as a teacher, researcher, and executive leader focused on creating incredible outcomes for learners of all ages. Most recently, Greg served as Chief Business Officer for the San Diego Unified School District. In this capacity he led and supported operational (finance, IT, Education Technology, transportation, nutrition, facilities/construction, enrollment, charter schools, custodial, maintenance, and school police divisions), for the second-largest school district in California. Greg serves as a senior education advisor for iboss.