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Request for Proposal RFPM06-2891 – Internet Filtering Software Details and Specifications Current Environment The Peel District School Board encompasses schools from Alton to Mississauga in the Peel Region. We currently have 221 schools, 145,000 students and 12,000 staff. Access to the Internet is centrally located at the Central Board Office and Learning Technology Support Services (LTSS) acts as the ISP for all Public Schools in Peel Region. We currently have Fiber optics run to each school in the region. They connect to the Board wide, Wide Area Network at Gigabit Ethernet Speeds. The Board is connected to the Internet via two service providers. 90% of our traffic is HTTP and saturates a 100 Mbps link from 8:00am to 3:30pm five days a week. At any given time during the day we have 15,000 active outbound HTTP sessions. The need for better reporting on incidents of breaches in the acceptable use policies has forced us to explore the need for outbound authentication for Internet services. It is our intent to be able to report on specific user traffic in a quicker more efficient manner. Gigabit Ethernet Cisco Catalyst 6500 ORION @1.0 Gbps Peel Schools Pix FWSM ISP B Default Route = To Internet @ 100Mbps 1.0 Solution Overview 1.1 Provide an overview of your proposed solution. In the overview describe all servers and services required for your solution to be implemented. DESCRIBE: 1.2 Can your solution operate as a slave / integrate into a PIX Firewall EXPLAIN: 1.3 Describe, with the aid of diagram, how the solution integrates into the current network DESCRIBE: 2.0 Filtering Features and Policy Please describe the desired features of the proposed solution as outlined below. 2.1 Can your solution set unique filtering policies based on source IP Address? For example the IP subnet of a school EXPLAIN: 2.2 Describe the number of unique filtering policies your proposed solution will support. EXPLAIN: 2.3 Can your solution force users to authenticate before access to the Internet (for HTTP traffic) is granted? EXPLAIN: 2.3.1 Can a unique filtering policy based on username and password be applied? EXPLAIN: 22.214.171.124 What is the maximum number these policies that can be applied EXPLAIN: 126.96.36.199 Can the policy to be applied be an object in a Directory Database (i.e. Grade 8 students have a different policy than grade 2 students, where Grade is an object in a directory database) EXPLAIN: 2.3.2 Describe in detail how user authentication works in your solution. Describe the type of back end databases supported, additional servers / services if required and performance specifications (simultaneous access, number of Directory lookups per second, effect on system performance etc). Remember, your solution has to work for 20,000 simultaneously authenticated users. EXPLAIN: 2.3.3 How does the proposed solution time out authenticated sessions or allow the user to logout? The problem is how would your proposed solution restrict other users from assuming existing sessions during turnaround times in computer labs, etc. EXPLAIN: 2.3.4 Can username / password authentication be turned off based on source IP address. EXPLAIN: 2.4 Can your solution Filter based on Keyword blocking. EXPLAIN: 2.5 Describe how your solution handles the Image web sites like Google Images or Yahoo to filter inappropriate pictures that may result based on searches. EXPLAIN: 2.6 Describe the size of your database. EXPLAIN: 2.7 How are new sites added to the database and what is the frequency of updates? EXPLAIN: 2.8 If your solution encounters a site that is not in your database what happens? EXPLAIN: 2.9 Is there a mechanism for users to request a site to be blocked or that site has been incorrectly categorized. EXPLAIN: 2.10 Describe how your Internet Filtering database is updated, maintained, the number of “humans” doing content review, how new sites are discovered and what criteria is used to classify material. EXPLAIN: 3.0 Site Overrides 3.1 If a site is blocked, does your solution have the ability to: 3.1.1 Allow the computer being blocked the ability to Override a Blocked Site with a for a specified amount of time, with a predetermined username and password 3.1.2 Allow a the computer being blocked the ability to Override a Blocked Site for a specified amount of time, with a unique username and password authenticated against a Directory Source? 188.8.131.52 If yes, what are the connections per second supported and the Maximum number of supported authentications. 4.0 Reporting 4.1 Can your proposed solution report on user activity (sites visited, blocked sites accessed, time on-line, etc) and generate the report based on source address or username. EXPLAIN: 4.2 Can your solution provide detailed reporting on overall system performance (filtering, system processes, HTTP services, IP throughput, etc)? EXPLAIN: 4.3 Can your solution report on site overrides (who, where, when) EXPLAIN: 4.4 Report showing what type of Filtering Blocks were activated EXPLAIN: 4.5 Describe any additional servers or services that are required to get collect and analyze logging information. EXPLAIN: 5.0 Management 5.1 Describe how the box is managed. EXPLAIN: 5.2 Does the solution support SNMP MIBs to extract status and health information of the solution (and not just MIB_II info). EXPLAIN: 5.3 Does your solution support the use of syslog servers to report critical events and errors. EXPLAIN: 6.0 Bidder Proposal The Bidders proposal must include the following : 6.1 Answers to sections 1.0 – 5.0 6.2 Provide details about your install base and provide reference accounts that we may contact. 6.3 Provide a complete price breakdown of all components necessary to implement your solution and indicate any future costs for ongoing maintenance , subscriptions, and increase in users / computers. 6.4 Provide a price if Peel District School Board would like to have the vendor install, configure and train staff in the proposed solution. 6.5 In your pricing please indicate prices for extended contract terms (1 year, 2 year, 3 year, and any other terms for greater than a three year period. 6.6 Please indicate whether a multi-year contract must be paid in full up front or spread our over multiple years. Typically the Boards pays yearly on multi-year contracts. The Peel District Board will also consider proposals from vendors that provide additional products or services to add additional value to your proposal.
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