Leading Universities secure their institutions using the HEITSA Cyber Security Procurement Framework

Monday 14th March, 2022

KHIPU Networks are pleased to announce that after 11 months of launching its Cyber Security Framework leading Universities are using it to purchase solutions to help protect their institutions from a wide range of cyber attacks.

The cyber security framework covers the following solutions designed to mitigate cyber threats associated with users, devices, networks, perimeter security (firewalls) and applications – all available as fully or hybrid-type managed services.

  • Simulated Phishing and Awareness Training Services
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Management Services
  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls with Managed Services
  • Security Operation Centre (SOC) Services – 24x7x365 Managed Detection and Incident Response

Universities using the framework to purchase the above solutions and services include; University of Witwatersrand, North-West University, Nelson Mandela University and Sol Plaatje University.

“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 entire multi-campus estate, not just at the endpoint. Using the HEITSA Framework made the overall investment significantly lower to the other service provider offerings that we considered”.Hement Gopal, Senior Systems Engineer: Networks – Information Security, WITS

Cyber Security is a continual focus and priority for NWU. One of the critical areas that we believe has helped increase our protection against cyber threats is through ongoing user awareness. Training our staff and students on cyber security, spotting phishing emails, and what to do if anything looks suspicious is vital in the defence against cyber-attacks. Using the HEITSA framework, we have been able to purchase KHIPU’s simulated phishing and awareness training services cost-effectively”.Géna Thompson, Business Analyst, North-West University

Cyber security and the associated risks are critical for any organisation. It is no different for the North-West University. It is crucial for the NWU that users can securely connect to a high-performance network and access various systems, albeit on-premises or in the cloud. The NWU continuously strive to improve its cyber security architecture, one of which included the investment in upgrading the Next Generation Firewall environment. This was accomplished by utilising the HEITSA framework agreement with Khipu Networks and Palo Alto Networks. The framework agreement not only assisted the NWU to save money, but it also saved us time; ultimately leveraging the benefits of a long-term investment and partnership. – Flip Van Schalkwyk, Manager of IT infrastructure, North-West University

“We are very pleased that our hard work in negotiating sector-wide price models is starting to pay off for our university members. We strongly believe that the solutions we have focused on with KHIPU are right for the sector as it’s continually deals with the ever-changing cyber threat landscape”.Val Theron, General Manager, HEITSA

If you would like to know about the framework, the cyber security solutions available and how they are benefiting Universities, please visit https://www.khipu-networks.com/heitsa-framework/ and register your interest.

Please contact the KHIPU team if you need any further information.

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Cyber Security Specialists – KHIPU Networks

KHIPU Networks are cyber security specialists who provide Next-Generation Networking and Cyber Security Solutions across all market sectors.