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July 5, 2022 by Jonathan Locast

Jamf Safe Internet brings safe connections everywhere students learn

Jamf Safe Internet - the latest addition to Jamf’s education product suite — has launched, bringing with it, comprehensive content filtering, optimized for education and tightly integrated with your MDM for simple, powerful student and user protection.

Designed to help schools protect minors from harmful content on the internet, Jamf Safe Internet allows customer admins to enforce acceptable-use policies without sacrificing the unmatched learning experience Apple devices provide while leading with a “prevention over inspection” approach to student and user privacy.

“With technology now firmly embedded in the student experience, there is a growing need for digital safety to eliminate cyberattacks and prevent students from accessing unsafe content. Jamf combines best-in-class network threat prevention and a vast content-filtering database to block unsafe and malicious content so that students can safely learn online from anywhere,” said Suraj Mohandas, Senior Director of Education Strategy, Jamf.

Tight Jamf Management Integration

To deliver this powerful content filtering capability, in the easiest way, Jamf Safe Internet had to have seamless integration with Jamf’s flagship, education MDM platform - Jamf School. Jamf Safe Internet can be deployed to an existing fleet, or built right into the zero-touch deployment workflows our customers know and love - meaning your students have a safe and secure learning environment everywhere they learn, from the moment they unbox their device.

We've designed a brand-new console from the ground up, with workflows specifically for the education user. It's every bit as powerful as our commercial product.

And, if you are already a Jamf Pro customer, wondering if you can also use Safe Internet, the answer is yes. To configure Jamf Safe Internet with Jamf Pro, you simply navigate to UEM Integration in settings and create the link for advanced features, syncing, and group membership mapping.

Customized Content Control in One Click

With Jamf Safe Internet, you have the option to dive right in and create the perfect policy payload for you, all within the Jamf Safe Internet Portal.

Although Jamf Safe Internet gives you the ability to customize granular policies, admins can also select easy, pre-defined rules that quickly set your policy to get started.

  • Safe Internet configures your policy to block content that is non-compliant with regional child internet safety regulations. This includes Adult, Extreme, Gambling, Illegal, Third-party proxies and Tobacco site categories.
  • High Bandwidth blocks content that consumes a large amount of data. This includes audio and video, social media, gaming, and cloud and file storage.
  • Unproductive Content blocks social media and gaming to keep your students focused.

If an IT admin does want to fully customize the experience, they can expand each category and see what is blocked by default. For example, if there is a need to allow or block a certain social media domain, it’s easy to do individually, based on your school’s rules. When you are done adjusting your policy, just hit Save and Apply. And this is just one example of the many categories Jamf Safe Internet offers.

It’s worth noting, Jamf Safe Internet’s categories are not just about content filtering. By default malware, phishing attacks and spam are blocked to ensure a high level of device security and student safety.

“Give me more power!”

We at Jamf know that pre-defined rules are nice and content categories take admins a long way in quickly creating effective rules and policies, but that those cannot always cover every situation and need that arises. School needs, and different scoping needs, sometimes demand our policies get customized.

To add custom rules to your policy, you can enter or paste a list of domains or IPv4 addresses to apply a policy action. Alternatively, you can upload a CSV file of domains and IPv4 addresses making it easy to add as many custom rules as you need.

Similar to the content categories mentioned above, once these domains are added to the list, it’s simple to allow/block toggle to put into effect. So, whether you are getting yourself started and ensuring you cover your bases with the quick pre-defined rules or you are customizing exactly as you need — Jamf Safe Internet’s lightweight, performant domain name system (DNS) technology allows you to create and customize as you see fit.

Setup. Deploy. Filter. Report.

Security professionals know that threat management doesn’t stop with protective tools. You need to understand the effects of your work and enable proactive measures to adjust. And you'll want thorough reporting to keep track of it all.

We believe that privacy is an important right for everybody: especially students and children. Our “privacy over inspection” approach allows schools to help children be safe on the internet without invading their privacy. Reporting on Jamf Safe Internet is clean and effective, offering 2 levels of details: Site and Category Usage reports for blocked URLs, and a Security Report for malware and malicious threats. Now you can understand your device usage and monitor the effectiveness of what you have put in place.

And that’s Jamf Safe Internet. Designed to bring powerful, easy workflows to wherever devices are used, allowing students to learn fearlessly with safe, private connections everywhere learning happens.

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Jonathan Locast
A Jamf and Apple expert writing in SMB and Enterprise spaces for every aspect of the Jamf portfolio.
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