The Children's Internet Protection Act is a law that requires filtering on Internet-ready systems available to children. As of Oct. 28, 2001, any entity (e.g., school or library) applying for federal funding for IT-related matters must be CIPA-compliant to be eligible. While the demand crescendoed in 2001 as schools and libraries raced to comply, the opportunity hasn't passed. Therefore, CIPA is a perfect way for VARs to get their feet in the door with a school district that has yet to comply.
Experts say there are essentially two ways to provide protection,either by placing a filtering solution between the router that goes into the school district and the Internet, or at the firewall level. Some companies that provide key filtering products include Check Point Software Technologies, RSA, Intrusion.com and Nokia,many of which are security-focused firms that have begun to see an opportunity in going back to school.