December 21, 2020
Digital Arts Inc.
Kawachinagano City, Osaka Prefecture adopts
"i-FILTER@Cloud" in response to the GIGA School Program
- Highly rated for its internet time limit features and detailed filter settings that are perfect for off-site learning -
Information security solutions provider Digital Arts, Inc. (headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; CEO: Toshio Dogu; hereinafter referred to as "Digital Arts"; securities code 2326) is pleased to announce that the Kawachinagano City Board of Education in Osaka Prefecture (Superintendent: Yoshitaka Matsumoto; hereafter, "Kawachinagano City") has adopted Digital Arts' web security cloud service "i-FILTER@Cloud" GIGA School Edition in order to respond to the GIGA School Program.
Kawachinagano City is the third city in Japan to declare itself an "education-focused city" and set education as a pillar of its city and community development. They have long since had teachers use tablets and learning devices, and poured energy into the use of ICT in education, including the implementation of an integrated school affairs support system. With plans surrounding the GIGA School Program being moved forward due to the spread of COVID-19, Kawachinagano City decided early on to completely renew their school networks and make sure each student has a device for learning. As of October 2020, they were able to already fulfill these goals.
Kawachinagano City decided to introduce 5,586 Chromebooks to be used by students as educational devices, and as a security measure to ensure safe internet access, adopted Digital Arts' web security cloud service "i-FILTER@Cloud" GIGA School Edition.
In addition to filters that restrict access to harmful content unrelated to learning, "i-FILTER@Cloud" GIGA School Edition employs a "white operation" function that prevents the threat of external attacks that target information assets. At elementary and junior high schools in the city, the on-premises version of "i-FILTER" has already been used on existing PCs.
Not only is "i-FILTER@Cloud" GIGA School Edition safe, but it is also highly praised for its unique features, such as internet time limits, and the ability to set detailed filter settings, which enable free and progressive lessons, and support off-site learning.
Comment from Mr. Takashi Hayakawa, Education and General Affairs Division,
Education Promotion Department, Kawachinagano City, Osaka Prefecture:
Kawachinagano City has long been focused on improving the use of ICT in education, and in response to the GIGA School Program, has introduced learning devices, in addition to improving all school networks, installing device charge storage spaces, improving internet connections, and more - all of which were successfully completed by October 2020.
When selecting the internet filter software to be used on devices, it was important that we be able to limit the time the internet could be used for when students took the devices home.
As our city chose to use Chromebooks, we are able to limit time spent on the internet, thus limiting time spent on devices themselves, which we believe enables us to minimize the burden on teachers and schools in instructing the use of devices at home, even when off-site learning is required. We were also able to confidently choose this product as we have used it on computers at elementary and junior high schools in our city and seen it to have a good track record of creating and operating safe environments in the past.
Immediately after being introduced, many schools are already using their Chromebooks, and continually coming up with convenient and effective way to use them in lessons that we did not anticipate.
I think that this is largely due to the fact that the "i-FILTER@Cloud" GIGA School Edition provides safe and risk-free web access. I hope that in the future, new forms of lessons utilizing the Chromebooks introduced to elementary and junior high schools will continue to emerge.
Digital Arts "i-FILTER" GIGA School Edition Special Lineup
- Utilzing measures against harmful information + targeted attacks, whitelist forms a solid security measure
- Offering content that support educational institutions, free of charge
"i-FILTER Child Protection System"
If students attempt to access websites with information about suicide or similar, "i-FILTER" will block the attempt and send an e-mail alert to the designated faculty and/or alert device.
School Information Service "D-Contents"
Educational applications and similar items that are frequently used by elementary, junior high and high schools across Japan are offered in a popularity ranking based on a URL information database.
Cyber risk information service "D-Alert"
This service uses the web security product "i-FILTER" to notify users about malware infections and other information.
- Digital Arts Inc. Overview
- Digital Arts Inc. is an information security solution provider focused on the development and sales of security software for web, e-mail, files and others.
Since its founding in 1995 the company philosophy has been "Contributing to a safer, better, more convenient internet lifestyle" and since developing web filtering software to prevent the browsing of harmful information on the internet, the company has been promoting internet security products to companies, the public sector and homes everywhere.