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.
Read this brief to discover how Palo Alto Networks meets the security needs of higher education institutions by automatically preventing cyberthreats across cloud, network and endpoint devices at network speeds, as well as keeping sensitive data safe by administering granular security policies based on users, applications and content.
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 Higher Education outlines security principles and a framework using the preventative capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform. Using this blueprint enables education security and IT professionals to protect PII and IP data, maintain a high-performance, high-availability learning environment, and prepare to meet new and emerging technological challenges while reducing security threats.
The University of Portsmouth relies heavily on its network to support its academic mission. With the constant demand for reliable and high performance Internet services, coupled with the huge increase in devices connecting to Wi-Fi, the University upgraded its Janet link to 10GB to improve network responsiveness, improve security and expand services to faculty and students.
Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in next-generation security, today announced that the University of Portsmouth has selected, deployed, and consolidated its security infrastructure on the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
A research-intensive university with over 23,000 students, the University of Southampton is a leading entrepreneurial institution in the United Kingdom. When the University sought to significantly expand throughput to support an increase in students, improve network stability and services to users, heighten security, and lower IT management burdens, they selected Palo Alto Networks Nextwave Channel Program Platinum ASC CPSP Partner Khipu Networks, working with European Electronique under the NEUPC procurement framework, to partner with them to meet their long-term strategic goals.
The University of Westminster is an educational institution for the modern age. It delivers relevant, career-focused courses to more than 20,000 students from around the world—studying at campuses in central London and Harrow.
The university works with Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation firewall solution, along with its security supplier Khipu Networks, to protect its networks and enable secure access to thousands of its users, whenever they need it and wherever they may be.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is one of the country's leading academic medical centers. "Palo Alto Networks allow us to define and enforce appropriate user policies so that the business of the hospital always comes first, risk is minimized and our medical professionals retain maximum flexibility."