Canterbury Christ Church University is a leading British HE institution. Founded in 1962, the University offers undergraduate, postgraduate, full-time, part-time, and short courses – and apprenticeships – to 26,000 students at locations across Kent and the UK. Last year, Canterbury Christ Church was ranked third in the UK for graduates in employment.
The University is a diverse, decentralised organisation comprising thousands of students and faculty members – which makes data protection as critical as it is challenging, particularly in an era of digitisation and virtual delivery.
For example, Canterbury Christ Church students connect their personal devices to the network, and lecturers are increasingly adopting digital learning technologies. Meanwhile, the University is generating growing volumes of data that are valuable to hackers – data which is often siloed, reducing the ability to effectively detect and respond to threats.
The University also houses a wide range of sensitive data, including student identities, research data, financial details, and healthcare information. From students’ cell phone and account numbers to academic research findings, it’s vital that the University safeguards information with the highest level of security.
There is good reason for this caution. According to the UK Government’s 2022 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, 92% of HE institutions experienced breaches or attacks in the past 12 months – and IBM research reveals that the average cost to recover from an incident is £3.2 million.
The University’s cybersecurity requirements include:
The NGFWs are complemented by a unified suite of security services, including DNS Security, Advanced Threat Prevention, Advanced URL Filtering, and WildFire. For example, Advanced URL Filtering protects the University’s guest web access, enabling the team to configure policies for different users, restrict access to sites and filter website content quickly and easily.
The WildFire service is used on both the physical (PA-Series) and virtual (VM-Series) NGFWs to detect previously unseen, targeted malware and advanced persistent threats.
The University network security strategy also utilises KHIPU Networks Cloud-Native Managed Detection and Response SOC (CMDR) service. Powered by Palo Alto Networks XSOAR AI and automation tools, plus Google Chronicle Security Operations, it provides immediate incident response, remediation, and prevention.
This innovative, next-generation network security architecture is transforming the University’s threat prevention strategy. The benefits include:
The University is about to embark on the next phase in its cybersecurity transformation. An imminent refresh of the Palo Alto Networks platform will see the deployment of the latest NGFWs and Prisma Access to create an even safer campus experience.