Loughborough University Boosts Security and Throughput with Khipu Networks

Thursday 6th March, 2014

University chooses secure next-generation firewall to meet staff, students’ and researchers connectivity needs

London, March 2014—Khipu Networks, Cyber Security specialists, today announced that Loughborough University will deploy the Palo Alto Networks next-generation security platform to increase its security and throughput, and meet students’ growing internet demands. The university’s previous security infrastructure wasn’t able to efficiently process the number of data packets that were sent through the network perimeter, while maintaining consistent security. To improve its security posture and throughput levels, Loughborough University worked with cyber security company Khipu Networks to identify alternatives.

With its new Palo Alto Networks security platform being deployed, the university will be able to provide more than adequate perimeter throughput for academic learning, teaching and research, as well as the numerous mobile devices that students use on campus for both study and personal activities. “With the use of connected devices increasing fourfold in the past 12 months, we recognised we needed a solution that would accommodate the growing BYOD trend among students. Most importantly: the solution needed to meet students’ Internet data and traffic throughput expectations while keeping security levels high” − Matthew Cook, Head of Infrastructure and Middleware at Loughborough University “The previous perimeter infrastructure wasn’t able to process the number of data packets that were sent through the network, while maintaining consistent security levels. We have selected the Palo Alto Networks security platform, and its advanced intrusion-detection capabilities, to accommodate our scalability and security requirements.” − Niraj Kacha, Senior

IT Services Specialist at Loughborough University By carrying out a successful network trial, Loughborough University received extra visibility into how and when it needed to make adjustments to its network through the Palo Alto Networks individual application classification capability. With the solution now being installed, Loughborough University is confident that it can provide uncontended study and research resource access as well as offering the best recreational online experience levels to their students.