HEITSA Security Operations Centre (SOC) Framework

24x7x365 Cyber-Threat Detection, Response, Protection & Prevention for the South African Higher Education Sector


Stop Attacks. Fast. Community-driven SOC solutions from KHIPU Networks.

For the education sector, cyber breaches are becoming less of a possibility and more of an inevitability. Many are accepting this reality and seeking to add another layer of proactive cyber security to their existing investments. However, whilst this necessity to detect and respond to cyber threats 24x7x365 is ever-present, the costs and associated training required to establish an in-house security operations centre (SOC) are, in most cases, inhibitive factors.

It is for these reasons that, across the past three years, KHIPU having been working closely with our South African and UK university customers to both discover and fully understand the common challenges and pain-points impacting the education sector. Taking this knowledge in-house, we have developed and implemented our unique community-driven Security Operations Centre (SOC) solutions, providing institutions of all sizes with budget-conscious round-the-clock proactive cyber security protection.




Why are so many universities using our SOC services?

Over the past three 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
  • NWU
  • JISC
  • ARU

University SOC Success Stories 

Canterbury Christ Church University


University of Derby


Sheffield Hallam University


What the education sector is saying about our Community SOC Services

“After an extensive review of the market and available Security Operation Centre (SOC) services, we chose KHIPU due to their experience within the sector and capabilities to be able to monitor, detect, protect and prevent threats 24x7x365 across our multi-campus estate. Using the HEITSA Framework made the overall investment significantly lower to the other service provider offerings that we considered.”

Hement Gopal, Information Security, WITS

How does KHIPU’s Community SOC work?

By providing standardised cyber security offerings across the education sector enables our Security Operations Centre (SOC) teams to leverage a combination of intelligence from multiple global threat feeds and data drawn from our customers so we can proactively communicate and protect against highly sophisticated threats as well as raise awareness of unusual behaviour to every customer subscribed.

This gives us the capabilities to rapidly mitigate threats sector wide – a community driven approach where our ‘safety in numbers’ strategy brings customers together as the overall common goal is to continually improve the sector’s cyber security posture, security operations and efficiencies.



“We are very pleased to have negotiated a range of SOC services that we believe are affordable for our members at a time where round the clock cyber protection is needed. Having spoken to customers who are using KHIPU’s services, we have done our due diligence to ensure they can deliver on expectations.”

Val Theron, General Manager, HEITSA


If you’re considering an outsourced security operations centre for your educational institution, but don’t know where to start, our 15-minute webinars are a perfect launchpad. Hosted by our experienced SOC analysts, these short but informative webinars have been designed to show the effectiveness of our education-sector specific SOC services whilst giving you the opportunity to ask any technical questions you may have.

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