San Jose State University Uses Firewall To Defend Networks
Palo Alto Networks recently announced that San Jose State University has selected the PA-4000 Series to stop threats and provide application visibility and control on the campus networks.
With the PA-4000 Series, SJSU has granular understanding of application usage for its students, faculty, and staff, enabling the IT staff to fortify defenses against threats -- from malware to excessive bandwidth consumption -- without hindering the open nature of university research networks.
Part of the California State University system, SJSU offers rigorous course work and research opportunities to more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven colleges.
“San Jose State University, like many large schools, has significant IT resources to serve our faculty, staff, and students,” said Bob Neal, senior director of network services for SJSU. “Ensuring those resources are not overwhelmed by threats and risky applications is challenging, given the nature of university environments. The PA-4000 Series enables us to understand and control applications on our networks to achieve that goal.”
Within minutes of routing traffic through the PA-4000 Series, SJSU IT staff were able to detect and stop a variety of threats, and noticed 15 different types of peer-to-peer applications. SJSU found that the PA-4000 Series was able to stop threats on the network while sustaining the traffic load that faculty, staff, and students generate regularly.
“Colleges and universities have dynamic and tech-savvy users,” said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing for Palo Alto Networks. “Traditional security infrastructure is no match for the double whammy of university users and next-gen applications -- which are both good at circumventing IT controls. Palo Alto Networks’ PA-4000 Series makes it easy for IT to manage risk by stopping threats and understanding and controlling the applications on their networks.”