Colleges and universities face a variety of challenges in managing and securing their networks. IT professionals on campuses must adapt to students and staff from adding new and unknown devices to the network. Bring your own device (BYOD) is the new norm on college campuses, and not every device brought onto a network is secure or meets a network’s security requirements. BYOD also brings mobile applications, expanding the attack surface to the cloud. Each person may use a different mobile application than the other, creating a multi-cloud environment within the network. Cloud security and compliance is key to successful cloud adoption.
Limited visibility to network activity is another risk as it is nearly impossible for IT professionals to monitor each device and user already on or brought onto the network. Devices are in the classrooms, student union centers, cafeterias, campus housing, and everywhere in between. Students and teachers share information via the web, email, personal storage and more—detecting and blocking threats from endpoints is critical to network safety.
Fortinet’s Security Fabric provides university-wide cybersecurity without compromising performance or hampering user experience, all while staying in line with university technology and business requirements. Beyond next-generation firewalls (NGFW) Fortinet can provide colleges with a solution that covers all attack vectors from the cloud to mobile and web applications to endpoint protection. Our security products can also be integrated with other products and services to further extend security where it is needed most.
Providing a broad, integrated, and automated approach to cybersecurity, the Fortinet Security Fabric is a comprehensive solution encompassing a wide range of technologies that work together.