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Cybersecurity for Higher Education Platform Brief

Colleges and universities must balance academic openness with protecting personal and financial information and valuable intellectual property. It’s another balancing act to maintain continuous, high-bandwidth access to resources while blocking cyberthreats that could damage the institution’s reputation. Read this brief to discover how higher education institutions use Palo Alto Networks to automatically prevent cyberattacks and reduce risk through real-time visibility and consistent cybersecurity across cloud, network, endpoint devices and content.

The Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform helps higher educational institutions deploy new technologies, including cloud, IoT, online course delivery and virtualization, without compromising security or performance. Higher education institutions around the world use Palo Alto Networks to:

  • Prevent the spread of malware and protect critical information with network segmentation.
  • Gain granular visibility into network usage.
  • Automatically prevent known and unknown cyberthreats from impacting students, staff, networks and data.
  • Protect school-owned devices - including notebooks, laptops and servers - with advanced endpoint security.
  • Simplify and secure BYOD and mobility with secure VPN services.
  • Provide cloud security for Amazon® Web Services, Microsoft® Azure®, and Google® Cloud Platform environments
  • Secure SaaS applications – including Microsoft Office 365®, G SuiteTM and Dropbox® - reducing the risk of threats and data exposure.

For more information on how Palo Alto Networks serves colleges and universities, visit our Cybersecurity for higher education page at