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School District of Philadelphia

“To manage risk and drive efficiencies, we really needed micro-segmentation with more policy control, security services, and visibility.”

Keith Busby, Executive Director for IT Security, School District of Philadelphia


The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth-largest public school district in the United States, with more than 134,000 students and more than 18,000 staff. They face continually growing needs for network security, federally-mandated web filtering, and compliance reporting. The district stretched its dollars by deploying a highly virtualized server environment and by adding more than 50,000 Chromebooks, but these new technologies overwhelmed the legacy firewall.

After a live production test that evaluated performance and capabilities of alternative NGFW solutions in their environment, the district migrated to a combination of virtual and physical FortiGate firewalls for its virtual server network, integrating it with VMWare NSX to enable advanced, layer 4 to layer 7 policy enforcement and protection for distributed, east-west application workloads and storage. Benefits include an upper-six-figure annual savings by retiring a web-proxy solution and over 500 hours saved annually in security administration.

Learn more about the district’s approach in this article.

Business Impact


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Increased performance and up-time

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Increased efficiency with automation and micro-segmentation

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Saved over 500 hours/annually in security administration

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Simplified compliance reporting

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