Colleges and universities are being pressured to:

  • Increase the schools’ ability to acquire and serve faculty and students and all of their digital needs.
  • Provide unrestricted, high-bandwidth access and services to anyone on or around campus.
  • Act as a service provider and re-architect networks and data centers to anticipate varied user types, unknown devices and new applications with quality service.
  • Secure sensitive research, student, alumni and faculty information against both mundane and targeted attacks.
  • Enable cloud, social media and peer-to-peer usage.
  • Secure the network despite these demands.

    • Secure user, application and Internet access in a way that enables – rather than hinders – the needs of the college or university user.
    • Secure labs, research departments, and other classes with customized data center access – for cross-department and external collaboration, data center consolidation, virtualization, hybrid cloud and overall cloud projects.
    • Unify security policy and enforcement capabilities across the Internet edge, data center, mobile devices and endpoints within the college or university network and campus.
    • Ensure a high quality of service for priority services and applications, allocating bandwidth usage based on application, user, content, or a combination of the three.
    • Accelerate campus-wide administration and forensics.
    • Secure campus WiFi, BYOD, labs and academic research, and student/alumni/faculty PII with less overhead.


    • Better visibility; faster time to the prevention of both targeted and other attacks.
    • Reduced cost and complexity.
    • Centralized management across campus security appliances and key security functions.
    • Streamlined deployment of configurations and policies.
    • Simplified collection and analysis of logs from multiple locations across campuses.
    • Scalable device management.
    • Rich forensics and logging.

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    University of Southampton

    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.

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    University of Portsmouth

    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.

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    Next-Generation Security for Higher Education Institutions

    Higher education institutions 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 threats that could damage the institution’s reputation. 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.

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    Brigham Young University - Hawaii

    Brigham-Young University chose Palo Alto Networks to redesign its IT security infrastructure on a zero trust model with a next-generation firewall as the linchpin.

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    Macao Polytechnic Institute

    Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) is a public institution of higher education with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skills. The MPI has 235 academic staff, 297 administrators and 55 professional trainers. "Being able to migrate seamlessly from the old system to the new one had been a key concern for us, but in the event, it was very easy, with no disruption to students or staff. Now, the console gives us total network visibility at any given time."

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    Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

    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."

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