Indiana Charter School Network and Goodwill Industries Partner to Secure Student Devices

Using Absolute Secure Endpoint, the Indiana Charter School Network Was Able to Address Challenges Around Device Loss and Student Usage Monitoring

Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana is a non-profit social enterprise that partners with the Indiana Charter School Network to support over 3,300 students spread across 11 schools. Together, Goodwill and select schools in the network provide at-risk students with access to laptops to enhance their educational opportunities.

The Story

Protecting Technology Investments for Enrolled Devices

The Indiana Charter School Network was facing a challenge. Without technology in place to maintain consistent IT management procedures, it had no way to keep track of its enrolled devices. They also lacked the ability to ensure that the content accessed through the devices was safe for student consumption.

The association knew it needed a solution that would enable the organization to effectively manage its IT inventory, protect sensitive data, and mitigate security risks when a device is lost or stolen, and track missing devices to recover the cost of its technology investment. In addition, the association needed the ability to remotely assess student usage patterns to prevent access to unauthorized content off the school’s network.

Security Challenges

Theft
Deterrence

Network
Compliance

Inventory
Management

"Often times, humans are the point of failure in the system. We were experiencing a lot of device loss, and Absolute Secure Endpoint has been by far the greatest tool in addressing this challenge."

STANLEY DIXON
APPLICATION ANALYST
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF CENTRAL INDIANA

The Solutions

How They Did It

Keeping Devices Safe With Geofencing Capabilities

An answer was found in Absolute Secure Endpoint, which protects the technology investment made by Goodwill Industries for the Indiana Charter School Network. The non-profit organization leverages Absolute Secure Endpoint to restrict student laptops to school grounds.

“The first feature we began using was geofencing,” said Stanley Dixon, Application Analyst at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. “When a device leaves the school grounds, an alert is automatically triggered in the system. We can remotely freeze those devices with Absolute.”

Addressing Device Loss With New Security Protocols

Since implementing a formal device security protocol with Absolute, Dixon has seen remarkable improvements. “We were experiencing a lot of device loss, and Absolute Secure Endpoint has been by far the greatest tool in addressing this challenge.”

Alerts Help Manage Student Usage Patterns

Goodwill also relies on alerts generated by Absolute Secure Endpoint to monitor student usage patterns. “Absolute alerts us when a student machine jumps off the approved network or is using a personal hot spot,” said Dixon. “This signals an attempt to circumvent school-issued network controls so we can take corrective measures.”

"Absolute’s inventory history is excellent. Furthermore, we’ve been able to incorporate controls to mitigate student device loss. We intend to expand our use of Absolute."

STANLEY DIXON
APPLICATION ANALYST
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF CENTRAL INDIANA

The Results

Keeping Devices and Students Safe From Theft

Absolute Secure Endpoint has helped the schools and Goodwill decrease theft of devices used by students, maintain FERPA compliance, and better manage hardware inventory.

For Indiana Charter School Industries and Goodwill, Absolute Secure Endpoint:

  • Provides geofencing capabilities, triggering an alert when a device leaves the school grounds
  • Helps address the challenge of device loss
  • Enables the monitoring of student usage patterns

Absolute Platform FAQ

The Absolute® Platform leverages a cloud-based, highly-available and secure multi-tenant architecture that is available across different regions. It’s comprised of a variety of foundational components that power Absolute product features that are being leveraged by the company’s enterprise customers and ecosystems partners (e.g., independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers, or managed service providers) alike.

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  • Absolute Persistence Technology

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Absolute ensures a digital tether to each device remains intact, providing you with reliable insights and intelligence from all of your endpoints to the network edge — on or off your corporate network.

Hundreds of data points are gathered and served up as insights, providing guidance on utilization, health, security and compliance posture, as well as a unified view into the entire end user experience. Applying AI-based risk assessment and user entity behavior analytics lets you go beyond the monitoring of resources and applications, allowing for automated remediation and uncompromised user productivity.

Other foundational components of the Absolute Platform that enable the Absolute Secure Endpoint™ and Secure Access™ products are as follows:

  • Web console
  • Mobile app
  • Rules and policy engine
  • Alerts
  • Dashboards
  • APIs
  • Application Persistence-as-a-Service SDK
  • Third-party integrations (e.g., SIEM, ITSM)

Customers can leverage the Absolute Platform components through Absolute’s packaged products, APIs, and SDKs. The result will be rapid innovation. The Absolute Platform is always included in the product package of choice.

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