Greenbone and Khipu Networks team up to provide vulnerability management services to users of Jisc’s Janet network

Wednesday 11th May, 2016

18 million users of the Janet network can now benefit from Greenbone’s proactive cyber security solution

greenbone-khipu-imageL-R:Dave Spence – Senior Account Manager of Khipu, Tim Kidd – Executive Director of Jisc Technologies, Dirk Schrader – Chief Marketing Office of Greenbone Networks 

Jisc selected Greenbone and Khipu Networks following a rigorous OJEU competitive tender process, saving customers time and money so they don’t have to undertake their own procurement exercise and providing value for money services for the sector. With more than 18 million network users, spanning 800 education and research organisations, it was vital the chosen solution could meet their requirements to quickly identify and prevent vulnerabilities. Greenbone Security Manager was selected as the most economically advantageous solution.

Dirk Schrader, chief marketing officer of Greenbone Networks, says: “We see the agreement with Jisc as a major step into the UK market. The service meets the highest security standards and is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the UK education and research sector, offering customers the flexibility to scan their own networks and request bespoke reports. The Greenbone Security Manager is easy to implement and integrate with existing IT systems, enabling customers to analyse their IT network devices, identify security vulnerabilities and resolve security issues.”

“In improving information security, UK education and research organisations recognise the importance of identifying vulnerabilities that may affect their networks,” says Steve Kennett, head of operational services at Jisc. “The technology behind the vulnerability assessment service in this framework agreement directly addresses the security risks facing organisations in protecting their networks.” “We are really pleased to be selected as the single supplier to Jisc for the Vulnerability Assessment Service, and I believe this reflects our focus and commitment to securing our customers critical networks and data, with next-generation security solutions such as Greenbone’s Security Manager.” states Dave Spence, Senior Account Manager at Khipu Networks. “As we see a huge increase in successful attacks, both targeted and drive-by, an organisation’s first line of defence to minimise these threats should be to reduce the attack surface. Quite simply the fewer number of vulnerabilities residing within an organisations environment, the less likely a hacker can do any real harm. Not only does this protect the users and data of the organisation, but also the reputation and trust that can be lost from these breaches.” Greenbone Security Manager identifies security vulnerabilities that may affect customer’s networks and evaluates their risk potential. It also recommends measures to resolve detected vulnerabilities. As a result, organisations can identify weak points in their IT estate to help protect themselves against cyber attacks. A daily security update feed with more than 46,000 network vulnerability tests also forms part of the solution. In contrast to competing offerings, the Greenbone appliance is based on fully transparent and auditable Open Source software.

About Greenbone Networks

Founded in 2008, Greenbone Networks is a leading, global provider of vulnerability management solutions. Based on open source software, the Greenbone Security Manager (GSM) analyses IT network devices – including desktop computers, servers, software applications, routers and VoIP devices – identifying security vulnerabilities, providing detailed reports and instructions to resolve security issues before attackers are able to exploit them. Greenbone’s vulnerability management solutions are deployed in more than 30,000 installations and integrations across a broad range of industries and company sizes, and its vulnerability management software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. Greenbone is headquartered in Osnabrueck, Germany. For further information, please visit:

About Khipu Networks

Khipu Networks is a privately owned award winning international Cyber Security Company delivering a wide range of network, wireless and security solutions, technologies and services across multiple sectors. Founded in 2005, Khipu Networks ethos has always been to work in partnership with customers, to understand their environments and challenges so that we can design and deploy ‘best of breed’ solutions that enable them to meet their strategic goals. Our core business is to provide next generation networking and cyber security solutions, ensuring highly secure but user-optimised networks that can deliver mission critical applications and data when and where it is needed. Khipu have developed a network blueprint ensuring high availability whilst also reducing the burden on IT teams and associated OPEX costs. Our pro-active focus on designing, supporting and maintaining complex customer environments has enabled Khipu to be a market leader in providing cyber security solutions with exceptional customer references. As of January 2013, Khipu were awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen for providing networking security solutions and exceptional after sales support services for over five years to the Royal Household.

About Jisc

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.

We operate:
  • Shared digital infrastructure and services
  • Negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and
  • Provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.