Press Release

May 16, 2017
Digital Arts Inc.

i-FILTER® is the #1 (2016) Web Filtering Solution
in the Education Market (Fuji Chimera Research)
~i-FILTER provides strong web security to support ICT education
for school administration and in the classrooms~

TOKYO, Japan (May 16, 2017) – Digital Arts Inc. (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Toshio Dogu; “Digital Arts”; Code 2326), a leading provider of information security software, announced that its i-FILTER series, a web filtering solution, acquired 40.7% (#1) share in the domestic education market according to Education Market 2017, a report on school IT facilities and infrastructures published in March 2017 by Fuji Chimera Research Institute, Inc. (headquartered in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Hitoshi Tanaka; “Fuji Chimera Research Institute”).

Fuji Chimera Research surveyed the current status of academic support systems, school IT facilities, infrastructure, teaching materials, contents, and hardware in the educational market including elementary, junior high, high schools, universities, vocational schools, cram and preparatory schools, and other schools such as special support schools and kindergarten. This survey was conducted to understand current market trends and future directions based on efforts by the government, relevant ministries and local authorities.

While the education market drives towards establishing an educational cloud platform, IT security is considered a key issue in parallel to facilitating IT environment in education businesses, including IT usage in school administration and in the classrooms. The preliminary draft of the Educational Information Security Policy Guidelines, disclosed in September 2016 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, states the necessity of ICT and cloud usage in the classrooms and a robust link between learning history data and school administration systems. It is anticipated that the said guideline, scheduled to be officially presented on or after April 2017, would include languages that urge schools to place cyber security policies as well as to take appropriate measures against new threats and cloud usage.

In their recent report, Fuji Chimera Research Institute published an analysis that more academic institutions utilize tablet devices and the demand for MDM as a mobile device management is on the rise. In such circumstances, it says that “Digital Arts has proven track record in providing their solutions as OEM for MDMs and other products”.

Digital Arts i-FILTER series operates with the largest web filtering database in Japan and has been deployed by over 60% of schools and educational institutions nationwide. In addition to proxy web filtering, schools across the country also install i-FILTER Browser & Cloud, a cloud-based web filtering software, as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recently budgeted to introduce tablet devices to the schools.

The education market is anticipated to grow as more schools advances preparations to offer ICT environment in the classrooms. Digital Arts provides i-FILTER as an optimal security solution for school administration and i-FILTER Browser & Cloud to keep classrooms secure while utilizing ICT.

About i-FILTER
i-FILTER, a web filtering software protecting organizations from serious data loss and stop internet abuse, holds top market share for Japanese web filter software for FY2015 (ITR Market View: Cyber Security market 2016 by ITR). i-FILTER leverages the largest domestic web filtering database and a patented filtering technology ZBRAIN to limit employee access to sites that are inappropriate and malicious. i-FILTER is also an effective solution for corporate internal control by stopping material information leak via employees using webmail and writing on social newsgroups and message boards, and providing features to record, confirm and store these contents. i-FILTER has been deployed by over 7,300 corporate and public-sector entities and over 31,000 schools and education institutions. (as of March 2016).
About i-FILTER Browser & Cloud
i-FILTER Browser & Cloud is a cloud-based web filtering service for businesses. Its top-of-the-line web filtering database realizes refined web access controls that match business operational needs, blocks access to websites considered inappropriate and harmful in the workplace, and increases work productivity while guarding devices against various potential threats. i-FILTER Browser & Cloud can be downloaded to your device from App Store and Digital Arts’ website, or purchased through a licensed dealer.
About Digital Arts Inc.
Digital Arts, Inc. is a provider of information security products with a unique patented web filtering technology at its core. It plan, develops, sells and supports internet security products on its own, while also delivering added value as the first Japanese manufacturer to launch a web filtering software in the industry. Digital Arts is highly recognized for its most comprehensive domestic web filtering database and its unique filtering technology patented in 27 countries and regions around the world. Digital Arts has become the top domestic supplier of web filter software i-FILTER (corporate and public-sectors), i-FILTER for Consumer, and i-FILTER Browser & Cloud. Other product lineup includes m-FILTER, a gateway email security software for corporations, m-FILTER MailAdviser, a client email anti-misdelivery software, D-SPA, a secure proxy appliance solution, and FinalCode, the ultimate password-less file encryption and tracking solution.
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