McLean County Unit School District No. 5

Schools Face Numerous Security Challenges

•  Meet academic needs for internet connectivity while minimizing cyber risks.

•  Protect student and staff information.

•  Secure district data centers and cloud resources while meeting demanding performance and availability requirements.

•  Protect a plethora of devices and operating systems with limited IT resources.

•  Enforce various security policies – for students, teachers, guests, and administrators – across a large or geographically distributed school district.

What We Do

•  Protect networks, students, and data by automatically detecting, analyzing and preventing known and zero-day threats.

•  Ensure appropriate access to web content for a variety of users, with customizable security permissions and access privileges.

•  Offer IT teams application visibility by identifying thousands of applications, and user visibility by integrating with user directories.

•  Protect student and staff information with Zero Trust network segments that allow access for only approved applications and users, rather than ports and IP addresses.

•  Secure newly deployed technologies, including cloud, mobile, online course delivery, virtualization and more.

•  Comply with data protection and student protection regulations.

•  Customize data center access across school districts, campuses and administration offices.

•  Ensure a high quality of service for priority services and applications.

How We Are Different

•  Provide better visibility and control of applications, users and content.

•  Reduce operations cost and complexity by eliminating point security products and centralizing security control and management.

•  Reduce cyber risk through cohesive and correlated security across cloud, network, devices and content.

•  Reduce risk and simplify compliance reporting.

•  Reduce time to threat prevention, including against advanced attacks.

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