Why are so many Educational institutions opting for 24×7 threat monitoring, detection, response and protection services?

It is becoming increasingly clear that Higher Education and Further Education organisations require a great deal more than simple threat monitoring or traditional ‘alert only’ solutions, instead opting for response, detection and protection services, which offer around-the-clock cyber threat protection. These in-turn are helping IT teams to fight back against a huge rise in reported network breaches made worse by institutions not having out-of-hours support (e.g. limited or no Incident Response capabilities).

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After a hugely successful 2023 for KHIPU SOC services in the education sector, we, alongside our growing SOC community, are gaining an increasing degree of knowledge around the specific cyber security challenges that the education sector is facing and how we can further enhance our services to meet its needs. We are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s UCISA Leadership Conference between 13th – 15th March at Edinburgh’s EICC. Join us on stand 27 to find out more about our Education Community SOC Services. In the meantime, please contact us to find out more, request a SOC demo, arrange a call with a reference university of college customer, or to request a cost proposal.


KHIPU Community SOC Solution Brief

Affordable, Scalable and Effective SOC Services from KHIPU

Over the past four years, we have been developing SOC services in partnership with our education sector customers with the overall focus around affordable immediate threat detection, response and protection. By gaining intelligence from our customers and global threat feeds, this enables the KHIPU SOC to rapidly respond to and mitigate threats across all institutions using our services. A unique community-driven service to continually improve the sectors overall cyber security posture.

  • CCU
  • Derby Uni
  • TEC Partners
  • JISC
  • ARU
  • SHU

KHIPU SOC Success Stories 

Canterbury Christ Church University


University of Derby


Sheffield Hallam University


Loretto School


TEC Partnership


Leicester College


What the education sector is saying about our Community SOC Services

  • Sarah Cockrill // Canterbury Christ Church University

    “Partnering with KHIPU allows us to effectively mitigate resourcing challenges seen across the IT sector and give, us access to specialist resource that provides us that 24/7 365-day cover. This gives us a level of protection, against cyber risks we cannot meet through our own internal resourcing alone.”

  • Harshad Taylor // Leicester College

    “The solution proposed by KHIPU was exactly what we were hoping for. Quite often, comprehensive SOC services are very expensive and can be the equivalent in cost to multiple full-time IT staff. One of the factors that made the KHIPU offering so attractive was the clear return-on-investment – not only were we getting an enterprise-grade cyber security solution, but we were getting it at a level which was very consciously priced for the education sector. By leveraging AI and automation to take on the heavy lifting of our network security, we are now able to do a lot more with our existing resource. Essentially, we have invested in a robust cyber security solution which not only provides peace of mind but also gives us more time to focus on our other priorities.”

  • Paul Conroy // Loretto School

    “It’s getting more and more difficult to respond to the continual wave of cyber threats, let alone ensure sufficient protective measures are in place 24×7. To address these challenges, which are very common within the education sector, we have implemented an around the clock Security Operations Centre (SOC) in partnership with KHIPU. The service doesn’t just alert on threats, it responds immediately, blocking and preventing attacks. It was also a service that we felt was value for money, enabling us to continually improve the school’s security posture and reputation.”

  • Dave Thornley // Sheffield Hallam University

    "Without having out of hours 24x7x365 cyber threat monitoring, protection and incident response is a huge risk for any organisation. To address this we have chosen KHIPU’s SOC to provide Extended Managed Detection and Response. Key reasons why we selected KHIPU include that their SOC is staffed by cyber experts who are always available, their service integrates into our existing environment and doesn’t just alert, it protects and prevents threats, and their credibility in the sector."

  • James Eaglesfield // University of Derby

    “The implementation was remarkably quick, owing to the collaborative skills and professionalism of the Palo Alto Networks and KHIPU teams. We went live in just four months, working as one to achieve an on-time, on-budget deployment. If the KHIPU SOC identifies a threat, we can cross-check it to ensure everything is working as it should. One of the key benefits of KHIPU’s service is that it doesn’t just collect logs and alert us; it protects against cyberthreats with a team of cybersecurity experts available to us 24/7/365.”

  • Daniel Bolton // Kingston University London

    “Providing 24x7x365 SOC with an in-house team is an operational and financial challenge for many, making an outsourced SOC service through a trusted partner such as KHIPU a no brainer. What really ‘sold’ the KHIPU SOC to me was their Higher Education community-driven approach, state of the art tooling, and how they will integrate with our existing platforms and partners.”

More from KHIPU Networks

New Report: Top 5 Network Security Weaknesses Identified



  • (1) Poorly defined (or no) security incident response plan and NO out of hours threat monitoring
  • (2) Poorly configured email security
  • (3) Weak password practices and lack of Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
  • (4) Insufficient and inconsistent staff awareness programs, lack of updates on new threats
  • (5) Poor (or no) endpoint security

Our simulated phishing and awareness training services have proven to be valuable to our customers in not only identifying vulnerabilities within their organisations but also in fortifying their overall cyber security postures.

To date, our Cyber Security Team have carried out over 500 simulations, sending a total of 1.5 million emails and helping customers, across several verticals, track how their employees engage with these simulated threats so they can gain insights into the overall level of awareness and susceptibility of their workforce to phishing attacks. This, followed by regular awareness initiatives, has helped reduce the risks associated with these email-based attacks.

Armed with these findings, your organisation can subsequently look to put into place a number of measures to bolster their cyber security postures, all of which can be facilitated through KHIPU’s best practises cyber security solution and service portfolio.

Read the full report here >

Cyber Risk Assessments – Powered by KHIPU and Palo Alto Networks



As part of our continued focus on detecting and minimising risk, we are offering free cyber risk assessments.

Your ‘first step on the path to zero trust’, a cyber risk assessment is created using data from your existing network environment, through which we provide a detailed cyber risk report, showing all network activity including any risks associated with application usage, malware, visited websites, downloads and more.

The report helps you identify what is happening on your network, along with actionable recommendations to further improve your security posture. As a result of a KHIPU Cyber Risk Assessment, you will:

  • Gain an increased knowledge of your ‘insiders’.
  • Better understand and control your data.
  • Be able to assess and update your access privileges.
  • Leverage increased control over movement and application access.
  • Limit access based on risk.
  • Monitor data use and user activity.
  • Automate processes, policies, and data classification.

Find out more about KHIPU Cyber Risk Assessments >

Transform your organisation with 24×7 cyber threat protection

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