Achievement First one of the top-performing charter school networks in the U.S., adopted the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform which brought next-generation security capabilities and threat intelligence to automatically detect and block malicious network traffic without impeding everyday learning activity..
Businesses embrace digital technologies that modernize their operations and enable innovation. Yet these same technologies introduce new security vulnerabilities and new data that must be secured. The result is a costly cybersecurity arms race, in which businesses introduce new security products to counter new attack vectors. Individually-managed or standalone security products add complexity, reduce visibility, and strain under-resourced security teams.
This paper highlights an innovative security approach that eliminates the wide range of cloud risks that can cause breaches, while enabling organizations to achieve consistent and frictionless cloud protections for multi-cloud environments..
Cybersecurity refers to a set of techniques used to protect the integrity of networks, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. According to Forbes, the global cybersecurity market is expected to reach 170 billion by 2020, fueled by an array of technology trends. This article identifies these trends and discusses why cybersecurity is a requirement to protect our digital way of life, as well as how to maintain effective cybersecurity to prevent successful breaches.
Governments and businesses must continuously assess the use of new applications and services that improve processes and operations. As such, they must weigh the business benefits from the adoption of newly sanctioned applications against potential risk to the business, its data and other resources. Applications themselves, such as remote access, can represent undue risk. In addition, if applications are not appropriately secured in the business network, today’s attackers can hide communications within the very communication mechanisms the applications use. Adoption of security that appropriately identifies, granularly controls and secures enterprise applications can be slow if those charged with such controls don’t understand the necessity, value or ease with which appropriate controls can be adopted.
Download our use case "Secure the Network through Application Visibility" for the benefits of this approach, along with some common concerns over adoption, and read about the experiences of several customers across different industries who made this transition.
Since the release of the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), organizations worldwide have implemented the framework to better understand and manage cyber risk.
The CSF can be applied to businesses of all sizes, across regions and industries, and is being incorporated into national risk frameworks around the globe. Given its proven ability to aid in risk management and reduction, some industries have even begun to mandate its implementation. Namely, the White House recently issued an executive order requiring all federal agencies to immediately begin using the CSF to assess and manage cyber risk to protect critical infrastructure in their enterprises.
Designed to foster positive and productive risk and cybersecurity management dialogue among internal and external business stakeholders, the CSF provides a common language for all appropriate teams, spanning IT, operations, security, finance, C-suite and board of directors. Based on this open dialogue, organizations can more effectively quantify risk and prioritize investments to mitigate it.
Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform aligns with the CSF’s primary directive of enabling critical infrastructure operations to effectively identify, manage and reduce cyber risk. Rooted in prevention, the Next-Generation Security Platform is natively integrated to counter cyberattacks before they manifest in an organization’s environment. With full visibility into traffic – across the network, endpoints and the cloud – organizations can prevent cyberattacks based on how or where applications and data reside or are being used. This allows critical infrastructure organizations to identify the most serious ongoing threats to key business operations and reduce overall cybersecurity risk.
Download this white paper to explore the benefits of the CSF and how Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform capabilities map to and fulfill CSF subcategories.
The Security Reference Blueprint for K-12 Education suggests a framework to augment the security of existing infrastructure while reducing the operational demands on IT and security teams. Using this blueprint enables education security and IT professionals to keep students, staff, and their data safe while providing appropriate network security for diverse groups of users, detect and automatically block ransomware and other threats, and comply with applicable policies and regulations.
Founded in 1886, Ascham School is a non-selective day and boarding school for girls located in Sydney, Australia. The framework for teaching and learning at Ascham is the Dalton Plan, which encourages students to take responsibility for and ownership of their own learning, supported closely by their teachers. Students in years 5–12 are involved in the Personal Device Program which allows them to bring a device of their choice to support their learning. The program offers students flexible access to technology-rich content to facilitate and support academic achievement and encourages students to personalize their use of technology.
McLean County Unit School District No. 5 employs approximately 1,650 full and part time staff members to educate more than 13,600 students. The district consists of more than 214 square miles, with 16 elementary, 4 junior high and 2 high school buildings, 1 early learning center, and 1 vocational training site.
Annie Wright Schools proudly maintain Harry Potter-like traditions dating back over 100 years, but network latency, access, and an inability to support BYOD are modern IT problems that can’t be solved with magic. Because the school has boarding students, large amounts of bandwidth are needed at all times for educational, communication, and entertainment purposes. When the school’s incumbent legacy firewall could no longer handle throughput or support the evolving needs of users, and IT management became overwhelming, it needed a new modern solution.
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) is a parent body that sets directions and policy development for Catholic schools in South Australia. It works in partnership with Catholic schools to provide a range of facilities and resources to support Catholic education and families.