Saasyan releases latest version of Cyber Welfare and Web Filter Reporting platform, Assure

With the proliferation of BYOD and cloud-based services, schools’ reliance on the Internet for educational purposes has increased dramatically. As a result, so has the risk of cyber-bullying and of students accessing inappropriate web content. Moreover, whilst firewall, web proxy and web filter vendors have released next generation solutions that can be configured to prevent certain web content from being accessed, most of these solutions are generally not designed for schools and lack vital pastoral care features.

Schools are then compelled to either sacrifice security for functionality, by settling for a basic web filter which is easy to use – or stick with an Enterprise grade firewall and require constant IT support. Saasyan Assure 3.2 solves this issue for Australian K-12 schools, by adding best of breed Pastoral Care functionality on top of an existing enterprise firewall.

This release of Assure 3.2 has been shaped by user feedback and requests, coming from Aussie School Teachers; Principals; School ICT Managers; School Administration; and Pastoral Care staff. All updates are focused around increasing capability, ease of use, and speed.

Saasyan have added a bubble map to their easy-to-use dashboard that displays the top ten students who are at risk of cyber-bullying and self-harm. Teachers can now specify the email subject to be used in alert rules they have created.

Assure also includes an override function so school staff can temporarily allow access to restricted sites and platforms. This override function can be exposed through learning management systems that support the LTI standard. Teachers will now be able to create a web override rule that instantly applies to students enrolled in a particular class or course.

Saasyan have completely revamped their reporting engine to make it faster and more user friendly. Teachers can now run a report to list all students who have accessed websites that the school has decided are off bounds.

School staff can now search for multiple keywords/phrases within alert logs, and export the alerts log to PDF for easy reporting on incidents.

And in advanced features – Assure 3.2 includes an Artificial Intelligence driven classifier, which complements keyword-based classification, to smartly pick up on the use of abusive words and phrases to enhance Assure’s cyber-bullying and self-harm detection capabilities.

For more information please contact Greg Margossian, Saasyan’s Founder and CEO, on sales@saasyan.com.au.

Saasyan Tempus new release reduces admin time for teachers and schools

Saasyan is delighted to announce that it has released Version 1.3 of its flagship timetable integration software, Tempus.

Tempus integrates data and schedules from Australia’s leading school management, calendaring, and timetabling applications. It allows users to use their preferred Office 365 or Google Calendar, rather than constantly checking multiple apps.

This release of Tempus opens new abilities for school staff and students to collaborate, cut down on administration, and unify schedules and timetables.

Users have been given more control with the release of Tempus 1.3. Staff and students can now login to Tempus to set their calendar reminders on or off, and to set their preferred event category. Both settings will override the system-wide ones set through the admin menu.

There are five key updates for System Admins of Tempus within this release. The updates are focused on increasing functionality, interoperability, and ease of use:

  1. Event Reminders can now be set on or off system-wide through the admin menu
  2. Timetable Import Schedule can now be set through the admin menu
  3. Status Page now displays more information, including the last synced timestamp and the number of sync enabled users
  4. Tempus now has a RESTful JSON API that can be leveraged to push timetable/calendar items and interact with the system programmatically
  5. Tempus now supports LISS v1.0.2 and is one of the export destinations within Timetabler from Timetabling Solutions

Greg Margossian, CEO of Saasyan, commented – “Teachers, school staff, and even students and volunteers within schools are overwhelmed with a barrage of messages and notifications every week of term. Balancing school life and extracurricular appointments is only becoming more challenging. This challenge is exacerbated by disparate calendaring and timetabling systems.”

“At Saasyan we are passionate about helping our hard-working teachers cut down on manual administrative work, so they can focus on doing what they love. We also help school administration make daily timetable changes immediately available to teachers and students, in their calendar app of choice.”

“Saasyan has built Tempus to allow schools and students to integrate all their classes and appointments into one calendar – a single point of truth. It takes an administrative load off the shoulders of our hard-working educators, and ensures our high-achieving young people can be focused on their school and life rather than on trying not to miss a class.”

As Saasyan grows and adds more delighted customers, it is focused on putting time and budget back into Research and Development. Saasyan’s mission is to create safe, productive schools: ongoing R&D combined with constantly listening to customer feedback are crucial to ensure this mission becomes a reality.

For more information please contact Greg Margossian, Saasyan’s Founder and CEO, on marketing@saasyan.com.au.

Saasyan® Announces Software Product Line Using Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform

Sydney, NSW, Australia. 14/11/2017 – As one of Palo Alto Networks® NextWave Technology partners, Saasyan® develops software solutions that both leverage and complement the power of the Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform to provide a safe, secure, and effective network environment for students and schools.

Saasyan® announced its new software product line to enhance and ensure cyber welfare for all its clients, especially in K-12 institutions across Australia.
Utilising the intelligent capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform, the software product line will provide security, accountability, and transparency to its overall functionality. Through this, Saasyan® will be able to empower its clients’ unique needs across the education sector.

  • Saasyan Assure – Utilising Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Firewalls for intelligent web filtering, Saasyan® Assure empowers schools to better address their duty of care obligations with regard to cyber welfare.
  • Saasyan Advance – Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Firewalls enables Saasyan® Advance to accurately implement BYOD functionality while ensuring security, functionality, and effective usage.
  • Saasyan Paximus – Aligning with multiple Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Firewalls, Saasyan® Paximus facilitates cold standby/pilot light mode for disaster recovery.

Saasyan® and Palo Alto Networks® are committed to working together to ensure that clients completely fulfil their digital citizenship obligations within Australia’s education sector.

About Saasyan®:
Saasyan® specialises in unlocking the power of the digital realm to drive an enhanced user experience and profitability for diverse clients across multiple verticals. The company leverages its unique mix of expertise in the ICT infrastructure and software development fields to create agile, cloud-enabled solutions optimised for today’s hyper-connected world. Saasyan’s core competencies encompass API development and integration, tapping into disparate data sources and cloud technology to empower clients to solve business problems and become power-players in the API economy and beyond. Saasyan® is fuelled by continuous improvement and staying up to date with the latest technology and trends. The team channels this innovative spirit into making its digital solutions work better, faster, and smarter for clients.
For more information on Saasyan®, please visit www.saasyan.com.au

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