Data Integration Chosen to Improve IT Security at Canterbury Christ Church University

29 Mar 2010

Data Integration today announced that it has been chosen by Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver and support next-generation firewalls to improve the university’s visibility and control over its network traffic.

The firewalls will provide intrusion prevention and bandwidth control capabilities on a single device with the throughput needed to cope with increasingly mobile users wanting to access a diverse range of applications & services.

After reviewing the products on offer from the established firewall manufacturers, Christ Church favoured the Palo Alto Networks appliance over other big names.

Laura Gallagher, Network Analyst for Christ Church said, “In a university it’s always difficult to strike the right balance between protecting information assets and allowing people the freedom to experiment with new internet resources that can enrich their learning or research experience. Until now we have operated a ‘default deny’ stance to security; only allowing exceptions to this upon request. However, the Threat landscape has changed and in order to protect our stakeholders and allow new applications and services to be delivered, a different approach was required. The ‘per-user, per-application’ level of control in Palo Alto’s appliance means we can allow access to a range of web 2.0-type applications, without compromising security.”

Jon Murphy, Principal Consultant at Data Integration added, “Next-generation firewalls can detect application-specific attacks and combine firewall and IPS functionality with no loss of performance. We are seeing an increasing number of organisations becoming more aware of what next-generation firewalls can do for them and looking for an experienced partner to guide them through not just the setup, but also the change in mindset required to realise the incredible value they can deliver. This is especially true of Higher Education where managing specific threats must be balanced with the freedom required of an academic environment where boundaries must be challenged.”

“Data Integration’s consultative approach, combined with their security expertise and support services meant that their firewall proposal delivered the best value for Christ Church,” concluded Laura Gallagher, Christ Church’s Network Analyst.

About Data Integration

Data Integration is a private, independent company specialising in the design, implementation, management and optimisation of voice and data networks for complex organisations. The company’s customers are leading organisations in both private and public sectors where there is an emphasis on networks being fit for purpose and efficient in terms of both performance and cost. The company specialises in security, application optimisation, mobility, high performance networks, IP telephony and open access networks. It differentiates itself with its network management services which focus not on network components, but on the quality of the service delivered to the network consumer, regardless of the number of elements or service providers involved in delivering that service.

About Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has approximately 16,700 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences. Its 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.

In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission:

‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of our students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’

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