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Version 3.3.0 (Current):

  • Assure now supports user/group/class mappings and access control via DB connection
  • we've introduced a new report – Student Report which combines Web, Application and Alerts reports and makes it easy to find correlations through visualization
  • the Alerts Report can now be filtered by from and to dates
  • Assure now displays the error messages having to do with failed Override Rules within the UI
  • admins have now the ability to view the synchronized users. The list is searchable, filterable and sortable
  • alert emails (both immediate and digest) now have hyperlinks that take the user straight to the Alerts Report with the user filter applied
  • alert emails (both immediate and digest) now list all groups a student is a member of
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 3.2.7:

  • the Whitelisted Phrases table is now searchable, sortable, filterable and editable
  • we’ve completely revamped the scheduled reports engine to make adding new reports even easier
  • we’ve added the Max Override Duration parameter. It can be used to set a limit on how long a Web Override can last
  • we’ve added the Allow Deny All Internet parameter. It can be used to enable/disable the ability to deny Internet access through Web Overrides
  • we’ve added the Enable Video Title Alerts parameter. It can be used to turn on/off alerting based on video titles
  • we’ve added the Enable Whitelist Substring Matching. It can be used to instruct the Alerts whitelisting module to whitelist based on substring matching rather than proximity matching
  • LMS Integration - students and observers can now view the list of Web Overrides created under a course they’re enrolled in
  • LMS Integration - teachers can now view the rules created by other teachers teaching the same course
  • we’ve added hyperlinks to the actual video URL in the video title report
  • we now support Allow and Deny placeholders for Web Overrides on the Palo Alto NGF platform. This allows the network admin to specify where the Assure Web Override Deny and Allow rules should start within the ruleset
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 3.2.0:

  • we now have an AI classifier which will complement our dictionary based (keyword based) classifier to enhance Assure's cyber-bullying and self-harm detection capabilities
  • we've added a bubble map to the dashboard that displays the top ten students who are at risk of cyber-bullying and self-harm
  • our overrides function can be exposed through learning management systems that support the LTI standard. Teachers will now be able to create a web override rule that applies to students enrolled in a particular class/course from within the LMS
  • we've completely revamped our reporting engine to make it faster and more user friendly
  • you can now run a report to list all users who have accessed categories with a rating lower than a specified rating
  • you can now search for multiple keywords/phrases in the Alerts Log, Search Term Report and Video Title Reports
  • you can now export the alerts log to PDF
  • you can now specify the email subject to be used in the alert rules you create
  • the alert notification emails (also referred to as alert digests) have the list of alerts both in the form of embedded HTML and Excel attachment
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 3.1.0:

  • we now have wizards which can be used for creating Web Overrides and Alert Rules
  • you can now generate a search term or video title report for multiple groups in one go using Advanced Reports
  • you can now assign classifications to the words and phrases in the Bad Words dictionary which in turn can be used to create more specific Alert Rules. For example, you can choose to get alerted only when the possibility of self-harm is detected and disregard activity that’s classified as profanity. This will pave the way for the AI classifier which will be available in the next release. You’ll also notice we’ve assigned the ‘unclassified’ classification to the words/phrases in the bad words dictionary and these can be adjusted through the admin menu at any time
  • you can select multiple classifications when creating a dictionary alert and the classification will also be visible in the Alerts Log
  • we added search / filtering functionality to the Bad Words list
  • admins can now determine which web categories can be used for Web Overrides through the admin menu
  • you can now jump to Advanced Report generation page directly from Alerts Log when it's a dictionary alert
  • students can now login to Assure and have visibility into their own Internet activity and rating. This feature is disabled by default, please contact us if you would like it enabled
  • we’ve gotten rid of the Search Term Reports since they can be generated through Advanced Reports
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 3.0.0:

  • the front end is ported to a newer web framework in order to provide a better look and feel. This will serve as a foundation for further UI enhancements in the subsequent releases, including but not limited to new wizards to make Assure even easier to use
  • Assure can now detect, alert and report on communication containing bad/dangerous words on Facebook Chat, Google Hangouts and Twitter
  • Assure admins can now force synchronization of user accounts from AD and categories from the firewall to Assure through the Admin UI
  • Assure admins can now set Overrides related parameters through the Admin UI
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.9.5:

  • data is now ingested, transformed and uploaded to the cloud based data warehouse continuously
  • added an immediate flag to the alert rule creation form which can be used to generate and send email alerts immediately after the occurrence instead of adding them to the daily alerts digest
  • added support for AD environments that comprise of two separate forests
  • the Bad Words dictionary can now include phrases up to thirty characters long
  • further enhancements on the whitelisting feature
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.9.0:

  • added ability to mark a search term / video title as a false positive from the Alerts Log through a single click These phrases will be whitelisted and will no longer appear in Alerts Log and/or trigger new Alerts
  • admin can add/edit/remove whitelisted phrases to minimise false positive Alerts
  • added ability to navigate from an alert in the Alerts Log straight to the student URL report for that day
  • admin can check the overrides audit trail through the admin interface
  • parameterized the application, service, URL filtering profile and the log server settings for the overrides function
  • added support for LDAP over SSL and TLS
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.8.0:

  • added ability to import bad words from CSV
  • added ability to export a detailed URL report for up to a month when generating user based reports (Advanced and URL)
  • increased the maximum number of exportable items, especially for the alerts log
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor UI updates
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.7.0:

  • added ability to create recurring override rules
  • added special overrides functionality to enable / disable options (i.e. allow only and URL based overrides only)
  • minor UI updates
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.6.0:

  • added ability to create override rules to allow or block access to all web sites falling in the specified web category
  • added ability to create override rules to block access to a specific URL (can start with a wildcard - *.xyz.com)
  • users can view all override rules that apply to their groups and not just the ones created by them
  • the overrides module now supports Palo Alto Networks® Panorama
  • the override module (including its admin interface) is now optional and can be enabled or disabled
  • added functionality to set up an alert by selecting multiple main and/or auxiliary groups, multiple web categories and with the ability to send the same alert to multiple email addresses. The same rule can also be used to generate dictionary alerts
  • the alerts digest xls now displays the datetime in long date format and the groupid column has been moved to the right of the usersurname field
  • now there's a single dropdown on the dashboard to switch between the available day ranges for all 4 top 10 charts
  • the user rating report is now sorted by rating in descending order by default
  • the username in the user rating report is clickable to generate the relevant URL report
  • special message is displayed in UI when overrides functionality is disabled by admin
  • the sub-occurrences of the search terms are no longer kept or displayed to help declutter the alert logs, alert digests and search term reports
  • added a modal window to play the relevant how to video within the UI
  • added link in the UI (alerts and overrides) to display a complete list of web categories along with their descriptions and example URLs
  • added support for PAN OS v8.x
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.5.0:

  • the 4 top 10 charts on the dashboard are now clickable to display relevant reports or to take the user to the relevant pages to produce reports
  • all searches and video titles are now checked against the bad words dictionary and added to the alerts log irrespective of the alert rules. Alert rules can still be used in order to generate emails
  • when accessing the alerts log users see all alerts that apply to their year groups irrespective of whether they have created an alert rule for it
  • added filtering functionality to alerts log
  • added ability to create override rules based on arbitrary groups that are managed using the admin UI
  • added ability to create override rules with the base URL starting with a wildcard (*.xyz.com)
  • admin can add/edit/remove arbitrary override groups which then can be used in override rules
  • admin can disable overrides functionality to stop automatic overrides processing from taking place. This can be useful when the admin needs to perform maintenance on the firewall or web filter
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.4.0:

  • added support for auxiliary / secondary groups (to provide the ability to handle groupings such as dorms and other similar arrangements)
  • all by group reports now have the group column and can be filtered by main group when reporting by auxiliary group
  • added ability to create override rules to block internet access
  • added ability to create alerts based on start and end time
  • admin can add/edit/remove groups for processing
  • admin can specify which groups are main ones
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.3.1:

  • appliance management functionality
  • LDAP username attribute parametrisation
  • timezone parametrisation
  • addition of auxiliary groups
  • minor UI updates
  • navigation and speed improvements
  • minor bug fixes



Version 2.3.0:

  • buttons / links to contact support and for bug reporting
  • admin can add/remove year groups for processing
  • youtube video title search report
  • advanced reporting allowing the end user to provide report parameters arbitrarily
  • dictionary alerts that also include video title searches
  • speed improvements
  • minor bug fixes




Version 2.2.3:

  • admin can enable / disable inclusion of categories
  • admin can change the action filter display values
  • dynamic day ranges in dashboard
  • the to date now includes the current day in all reports
  • more descriptive labels in the admin section
  • API endpoint to allow external systems to inject override rules
  • please wait message when clicking on report columns to filter



Version 2.2.0:

  • single sign on ability (with or without two-factor authentication)
  • totals in traffic reports
  • alerts on bad words searched on popular search engines
  • student rating system
  • non admin users can see their own alert logs
  • addition of new charts in dashboard



Version 2.1.0:

  • filtering is more user friendly
  • from and to dates on scheduled reports
  • student vs cohort pie charts in reports
  • switch to csv for excel export
  • better error handling



Version 2.0.0:

  • dashboard with 4 top ten charts
  • addition of search term reports
  • addition of traffic reports
  • scheduled reports
  • admin interface (config parameters + scheduled reports)
  • updated menu with submenus (reports & admin)



Version 1.0.6:

  • configuration parameter to choose between period rollup and day rollup
  • export to Excel
  • export to PDF
  • parameter for maximum number of exportable items. Export to Excel / PDF will be disabled if there are more records and users have to filter the search further in order to have the ability to export
  • admin functionality: it is based on AD membership (group name is a parameter in config), admin user can see and modify all alerts created by all teachers, as well as all override rules created by all teachers. Admin users can also create new alerts and new override rules for all years / students. Admin users can also access the Alerts Log page (appears in the menu for admin users only). Alerts Log is also exportable (Excel / PDF)
  • responsive modal window (please wait...) when generating main report
  • disable enter key on main report when there are errors
  • prevent submitting the main report form when autocomplete fields aren't selected from the list
  • interactive / dynamic charts on every page - top ten categories and top ten URL's (base URL's) for students and top ten students and top ten categories for years
  • drop downs to change charts on dashboard (last 7 days and last 30 days)
  • date filter will keep filters on tables / grids
  • ability to select multiple categories when creating an alert
  • clickable pie charts fire a please wait modal window / block UI before loading the next page
  • automatically convert the action "alert" to "allow"