ManagedMethods

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Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service)ManagedMethods
Websitehttps://managedmethods.com/
Company size (employees)10 to 49
Type of solutionCloud/SaaS

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

Made for Education: ManagedMethods is the only cloud/SaaS platform addressing the cybersecurity, student safety, and data privacy issues impacting school districts. ManagedMethods not only secures access to the applications used in schools, but also controls the activity occurring in the application itself. There has been a rapid increase in the number of edtech apps used by students and staff, in addition to the apps that are not applicable to education (i.e. shopping, retail, communication, etc.) being connected to district Google and/or Microsoft accounts that pose risks to school districts. ManagedMethods gives IT administrators the ability to control what apps are connected to be better protected against the cybersecurity risks increasingly facing them, while also monitoring and protecting students and staff from the online safety and data privacy risks that come with operating in the cloud.

Visibility: ManagedMethods allows IT admins visibility into their remote learning environments, which continue to be relied upon as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Districts use video conferencing tools like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Webex to keep students and staff connected. However, this bypasses the traditional on-site security measures—firewalls, endpoint security, content filters—that IT teams relied on to stay secure. Districts don’t have many tools offering protection to students and staff when connected off of the school network and this is how ManagedMethods differs from the competition. ManagedMethods monitors and alerts administrators to suspicious activity happening inside their cloud environments, filling in the gaps that competitors cannot.

Ease of Use: ManagedMethods is cloud-based and uses APIs—there is no impact on students and staff in terms of network stability. IT admins can get up and running with ManagedMethods in minutes to offer better protection to their school district. Further, ManagedMethods protects both Google and Microsoft environments, a key differentiator compared to its competitors.

Brief Overview

ManagedMethods is the leading Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for K-12 school districts. The platform monitors district Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 email, file sharing, chat, and video apps 24/7/365 and empowers district IT admins with full visibility and control of their cloud environment. ManagedMethods also supports Zoom and Cisco Webex to further monitor and protect school district remote learning environments.

ManagedMethods uses cloud-native API integrations to help district IT admins secure sensitive data on any device, from any location. The platform uses artificial intelligence-powered malware and phishing threat protection, detects and remediates account takeovers, and secures data from malicious and accidental breaches. Out-of-the-box and customizable data loss prevention policies allow IT admins to automate enforcement, including notifications, password resets, revoke sharing, and other tasks without the need for custom coding or switching to different tools.

IT and student resource teams also use ManagedMethods to monitor student safety signals in district Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 apps. Turnkey and customizable policies detect signals such as cyberbullying, self-harm, discrimination, threats of violence, explicit content, and domestic abuse in both text and image content. ManagedMethods does not collect or store any student information, nor do company employees view any information without the explicit request of district administrators in the context of a product support ticket.

ManagedMethods makes Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 security easy for K-12 IT teams—no proxy, no agent, no extension, and no special training needed.