The Oakland Unified School District is a public education school district that operates 100 elementary, middle, and high schools in Oakland California, serving over 37,000 students and nearly 3,900 staff.


The Challenge

As a critical strategic initiative, OUSD leadership wanted to remove any hurdles to their cloud-first goals. When looking to adopt cloud applications, OUSD faced four primary cloud cybersecurity challenges:

1) Compliance and Student Privacy Protection

2) Inappropriate Behavior and Cyberbullying

3) Suspicious User Behavior and Security Breaches

4) Cloud Malware


Only Cloudlock’s cloud-native approach to security gave us the confidence of fulfilling our cloud mission through rapid deployment, advanced security capabilities, and comprehensive visibility.

John Krull, Information and Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District

The Solution

After evaluating the market, Oakland Unified School District quickly narrowed in on Cisco Cloudock as the solution of choice to realize their vision of a cloud-first organization based on the ability to deliver:

  • K12 Specific Policies - Out-of-the-box value in the form of education-specific policies, such as objectionable content (e.g., adult content, bullying, harassment) and student record detection.
  • Next-Gen Cloud DLP - Highly-customizable cloud DLP policy engine to monitor for sensitive information.
  • Threat Protection - Surface risk in the form of anomalous user behavior and potential account compromise.
  • High Time-to-Value - Rapid deployment via API and out-of-the-box policies to address compliance concerns, including FERPA, CIPA, and COPPA.
  • Extensibility and Scalability - Secure multiple cloud environments and integrate with IT and security tools.


Using Cisco Cloudlock to detect the usage of objectionable language and evidence of questionable behavior and cyberbullying in real time gives school administrators a considerable advantage in combating malicious student behavior. Additionally, forensics capabilities allow school officials to investigate incidents after the fact to paint a complete picture of precisely who did what and when. Cisco Cloudlock also enables the security team to promote digital citizenship, holding end users accountable for their behavior and using these moments as educational opportunities.

Future Vision

As OUSD continues to grow, John Krull expects the institution to continue to adopt cloud applications - and extend Cisco Cloudlock in parallel.

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