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Gaggle & iboss Partner to Improve K-12 School Safety by Increasing Visibility into Student Online Activity on School-issued Devices

Partnership Enables Schools to Better Monitor, Identify & Prevent Threats of Violence & Facilitate Support in Cases of Bullying, Depression, Substance Abuse & More

Student safety company Gaggle, the leader in helping K-12 districts support student safety on school-provided technology, today announced a strategic partnership with iboss, the leader in cybersecurity and only Zero Trust cloud security provider, to improve visibility into K-12 students’ online activity and behaviors on school-issued devices. This revolutionary partnership will strengthen a school district’s ability to monitor, identify and intervene on any credible threats of violence against others, self-harm, depression, substance abuse, bullying and more by serving up iboss’s granular reporting of all student activity and behavior captured on school-issued devices on Gaggle’s user-friendly, easily digestible platform along with 24/7 human monitoring.

“This partnership is about two leading companies in the student safety and cybersecurity spaces coming together to save young lives,” said Jeff Patterson, chief executive officer of Gaggle. “We’re combining our expertise and abilities – iboss’s extensive K-12 student datasets paired with Gaggle’s one-stop-shop platform – to equip school districts with broadened intelligence right at their fingertips so that they can immediately act on crucial, high-risk student activity and behaviors. This partnership will help school districts using Gaggle and iboss to significantly reduce noise, save staff time and valuable resources.”

Serving more than 5.7 million students at over 1,500 school districts across the United States, Gaggle has been helping K-12 districts keep students safe for more than two decades. Gaggle’s powerful technology, combined with the Gaggle Safety Team, provides real-time analysis and review of students’ use of school-issued online collaboration platforms. Trained safety representatives review all alerts that come in and further analyze them to verify the content, understand the context, and determine the level of severity. School officials are then notified when students show signs of credible threats. Gaggle complies with HIPAA and FERPA guidelines and was one of the first companies to sign the Student Privacy Pledge.

“We are proud to partner with Gaggle to protect students from harm. iboss enables K-12 students to continue to work on and off campus by connecting them to the applications they need for digital learning from wherever they are learning,” explained Paul Martini, iboss CEO/CTO and Co-founder. “By partnering with Gaggle, we can work together to ensure continuous protection for students is in place.”

The iboss Zero Trust platform is a purpose-built, patented, cloud delivered security platform. By making all applications private, iboss eliminates the top three initial ransomware infection vectors as identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). With applications, data and services made accessible only through the iboss Zero Trust Edge, cyber risk is greatly reduced, breaches and data loss are prevented. iboss is the leader in K-12 cybersecurity, supporting the largest school districts in the U.S., enabling them to eliminate purchasing and managing multiple legacy technologies including Internet web filters, VPNs, or the need to redirect student internet access to the school while they learn and work remotely.

 “I firmly believe that student safety has no boundaries. It’s because of this belief that I was thrilled to learn about the iboss and Gaggle partnership,” said Tom Nawrocki, executive director of Information Technology, Charleston County, South Carolina Public Schools. “Both companies provide invaluable services to help protect our students during their online time. Having both working together makes it so much more efficient, possibly allowing administrators to get to students before an event occurs.”

To learn more about Gaggle, visit gaggle.net.

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a powerful combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Gaggle helped districts save the lives of 1,562 students who were planning or actively attempting suicide. For more information, visit Gaggle.net.

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