CACHEBOX delivers secure web in US prisons
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that the US Federal Bureau of Prisons has deployed four CACHEBOX devices as part of a pilot scheme designed to improve access to online training content for prisoners.
When the Bureau decided to introduce online learning for its inmates, it needed a practical way of protecting them from harmful web content. That is why the nationwide organisation only allows offenders to access a very narrow subset of the overall internet – it hosts this curated content on its own AWS (Amazon Web Services) server. However, as the Bureau is charged every time someone accesses the content, the costs soon began to mount up By storing content locally as it is requested and serving repeat requests directly from the cache at LAN speed, it completely avoids the internet and saves the Bureau money.
The US Federal Bureau of Prisons has initially purchased and deployed three CACHEBOX130 devices along with a CACHEBOXCMC for centralised management. By deploying central management now, the Bureau will be able to extend its caching solution to all 190 facilities across the country without a technician visiting each site.
In addition to storing content as it is requested, CACHEBOX’s Media Library gives each prison a way to safely store a library of pre-approved, educational video files. And because these files are served locally, they are not dependent on bandwidth at all – they will work regardless of any other demands on the internet connection.
“Prisons have a dual responsibility to safeguard inmates from harmful content and give them opportunities for rehabilitation”, explains Sales Director Magdalena Jovanovic. “Caching makes online learning content faster and more reliable. Coupled with rigorous user-access controls and content-filtering features, CACHEBOX prevents inmates from accessing harmful content whilst saving the Bureau money every day”.
The US Federal Bureau of Prisons is responsible for the custody and care of federal offenders. It relies heavily on its computer network to support critical service infrastructure and processes, including organising and filling in inmate records, visiting schedules, managing staff resources and monitoring the facilities’ security systems.