Securely Enabling the Digitally Evolving Higher Education Industry
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.
Securing the connected campus
Colleges and universities offer a target-rich environment that contains everything from financial, medical, and personal data profiles to government and commercial research, making information security a top priority. Detecting attacks and mitigating their impact has become increasingly difficult. Visibility is limited across disparate parts of the institution: residence halls, research facilities, classrooms, and offices. And when an attack occurs, it can spread rapidly.
The FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall protects campus networks from known and unknown threats and includes multiple security and networking controls, as well as a Wi-Fi controller in a single platform for reduced complexity, ease of management, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
Securing and simplifying network access for IoT and BYOD
Security leaders require the right tools to successfully manage and secure their complex IoT networks and BYOD trends. Fortinet provides solutions that enable higher education to see everything connected to the network, including headless devices, as well as the ability to onboard and control those devices and users, all while providing dynamic, automated responses to threats.Learn More
Fortinet regularly participates in third-party testing to independently validate our security effectiveness. We have earned 11 “Recommended” ratings from NSS Labs, and we are the only “Recommended” edge-to-endpoint solution. We are certified by ICSA, Virus Bulletin, and AV-Comparatives. And, multiple Fortinet solutions are featured in Gartner Magic Quadrants, including Enterprise Network Firewall, UTM, Wired and Wireless LAN, and Web Application Firewall.Learn More