Security is a growing need for all businesses including schools libraries. It is a fact that all code contains bugs, no matter the experience of the development team. Unfortunately, the economics of "black hats" finding bugs far outweigh the economics of "white hats" fixing them. This may not mean that your school is a target for an attack to see into your grade or accounting system, but it does mean that without good protection you are likely to spend a considerable amount of time and money addressing computer problems and IT support activities that are associated to exploited vulnerabilities. Further, regulation like the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) sets important security protection standards for allowed behavior and interaction with content on the Internet.

E-RateForSchools understands the information security issues schools and libraries face today and we understand the ways the e-rate program can assist with these challenges. We have expertise in all major firewall and security technologies and we have staff with information security audit experience.

The E-Rate program today subsidizes the firewall part of today’s information security technologies, and does not consider the following additional protection services eligible:

  • Intrusion Prevention (IPS)

  • Intrusion Detection (IDS)

  • Web Filtering

  • Virus Protection

  • Data Leakage Protection (DLP)


Ironically, CIPA compliance is required to receive e-rate subsidy, but the web filtering technology necessary to enforce this compliance is not eligible.

E-RateForSchools can make firewalls and security services easy and economical for your school. We continuously research and test the solutions available on the marketplace to identify the value and performance measures that are important to schools. We would welcome the opportunity to help you maximize your protection and minimize your costs with a solution that fits your needs.

Our e-rate eligible firewall solutions include the following benefits:

  • CIPA Compliance

  • Low administration costs with one interface for all protection services

  • Simple, economical addition of the essential, non-eligible services

  • All common VPN support – SSL portal, SSL client, IPSec client, site-site VPN

  • Scalable, secure wireless integration options

  • Scalable product line from small to enterprise

  • Modular multi-device management, log analysis, and reporting

From our research, testing, and customer feedback, preferred vendors for this solution include: Fortinet