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Spring Branch ISD

How a Lean Team Is Keeping K-12 Students and Staff Secure

“What makes Fortinet the right partner for Spring Branch ISD: The solutions are enterprise-class, they protect us from all angles—from perimeter to internal threats to email to authentication—and they provide 24×7 protection while effectively taking the human factor out of many of our processes.”

– Troy Neal, Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Technology Operations, Spring Branch ISD


With an expanding network serving more than 40,000 students and staff, the two-person security team at Spring Branch ISD needed to optimize the way it scaled its threat protection. Starting from a pair of standalone FortiGate next-generation firewalls, the team quickly upgraded to high-availability clusters and added secure access and email security, all managed through a single pane of glass. With automated security operations tools and unified threat protection from FortiGuard Security Services, the team now has a solution it believes will future-proof the district for the next 5 to 10 years.

Learn how Spring Branch ISD is leveraging FortiSOAR and other Security Fabric solutions to give its small team massive operational leverage in this case study.

Business Impact


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Manage external risks by protecting students and staff from a wide range of security threats

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Efficient operations by freeing up hours that small security team would otherwise spend on manual activities


Ease of use with a single view providing district administrators confidence in security visibility, by providing a user-friendly incident dashboard

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Security Fabric protecting the entire attack surface through actionable threat intelligence sharing, automated protection, and efficient operations

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