McLean County Unit School District No. 5

Today’s schools – regardless of their location in the world – are being pressured to:

  • Allay parents’ concerns and ensure the protection of student information.
  • Serve diverse device requirements across numerous platforms and operating systems.
  • Serve academic cloud and other online initiatives, such as YouTube for schools and Google SafeSearch.
  • Serve schools’ academic needs with swiftly aging and outdated infrastructure.
  • Ensure the security of the school’s network, regardless of the level of end-user knowledge – whether of teacher, administrator, or student.
  • Provide security for district data centers, many of which are virtualizing, with demanding performance requirements.
  • Enforce granular controls and policies across centralized school networks. 

WHAT WE DO

  • Protect student data and PII, particularly of under-age students, and enable regulatory compliance for the same.
  • Simplify school operations and reduce security costs with a platform approach to security.
  • Maintain security, regardless of how aged or modern the school’s or district’s infrastructure, or the knowledge level of the school’s or district’s users.
  • Handle complex modern data center networks.
  • Coalesce all visibility, policy control, logging, reporting and forensics features within one platform across the school and/or district.
  • Help schools secure their newly deployed technologies (cloud, mobile, online course delivery, virtualization, etc.) without compromising security.
  • Provide agility to give access to a wide variety of users, with customizable security permissions and access privileges.
  • Secure classrooms, regardless of their devices or whether their classroom materials are on-site or, increasingly, in the cloud.
  • Enable policy enforcement and compliance with data protection and student protection bills and regulations.
  • Serve diverse device requirements across numerous platforms and operating systems, maintaining security policies and even device-context access to keep the school’s data and network secure.
  • Customize data center access – across school districts, onto campuses and into administration offices.
  • 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.

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT

  • Reduced cost and complexity through reduced product footprint.
  • Better visibility; faster time to the prevention of both targeted and other attacks.
  • Secure user, application and Internet access in a way that enables – rather than hinders – the needs of the school user.
  • 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. 
  • WESTERN STATES CONTRACTING ALLIANCE (WSCA)

    U.S. state, local and education customers can purchase Palo Alto Networks security solutions through the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) Data Communications contract.

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