Framlingham introduces a new directory type, a new Safeguarding reporting suite and a simplified, easier to set up version of Connect for Chromebooks.
The new directory type allows Chromebook users to be filtered based on their Google Apps group membership without the need to link an Active Directory to Google (using GADS). The Safeguarding reporting suite allows customers to view and raise alerts on users who breached Safeguarding rulesets such as radicalisation, bullying and adult content.
Google as a Directory Service
Google as a directory service allows user authentication and group mapping based on Google Apps accounts and group memberships. This new directory type can be used with Connect for Chromebooks to achieve filtering without the need for an AD or setting up Google Active Directory Sync.
It is possible to map Smoothwall groups to Google groups, allowing rules such as content filtering policies from the Smoothwall to be applied based on groups. Synchronisation with Google directory happens on demand with the click of a button rather than via real time communication with Google every time a user logs in.
Initially it is possible to set up a single domain, support for subdomains will follow in future features to allow group mapping by organisational units.