Next-generation firewalls are a necessary replacement for traditional firewalls that complete many network security strategies. Since older versions can no longer protect against sophisticated cyber threats, every organization should be upgrading to its evolved form. Organizations can't afford to choose between security and performance. So, where do you start looking for one?
Firewalls are a security measure that has changed dramatically in the past decade. Initial firewalls acted as a gatekeeper between untrusted and trusted networks. Now, they have transformed into a multi-faceted and multi-layered threat management system.
As part of your IT security solution, firewalls play an important part in protecting your network and endpoints. But, like many other forms of technology, they have seen beneficial changes that have significantly enhanced their protective capabilities. The firewalls of today are much stronger and smarter than ones past.
Predictive analytics is far from a new technology; it's been used in consumer industries for many years. However, higher education institutions have only recently starting using this effective management tool in their operations, as they strive to better serve their students by becoming better informed through data.
Cyberattacks on educational institutions are on the rise, and they have become the second most common target for network attacks. With the large amount of entry points found in schools, it's not hard to believe that a cyberattack will be able to find its way in.
Last month, ACSI sponsored and attended the Zone Professional Development event to learn about the latest security vendor products and updates. Attendees sat in on two PD sessions—one with Fortinet and the other with Aruba/HPE—where current IT security issues for K-12 schools were discussed and examined. Potential solutions were identified, giving attendees much food for thought. This event is a must for IT administrators in school divisions who are wanting to learn more, improve, and innovate.
The saying less is more has never been truer when applied to IT security vendors. If you currently employ a large number of vendors to keep your business and its information safe, you've likely had challenges when it comes to support and management. When you have fewer vendors, these challenges are minimized.
Schools require a lot from their IT networks, especially if they are implementing BYOD programs or one-to-one initiatives. For these programs to be successful, it may require schools to upgrade their current network and infrastructure, which can be a confusing and lengthy process. You are currently at point A and need to be at point B, but there are several ways to get there. Upgrading and managing your school's network can be a maze full of obstacles and wrong turns.
It's one of those things that seem hard to avoid. One vendor can't meet all your needs, so another one must be brought into the picture to pick up the slack. It would be great if one vendor could do everything, but that's rarely the case.
Predictive analytics is exploding and disrupting postsecondary education. With the success it's had there, experts say predictive analytical tools show even more promise for K-12 schools. School districts are collaborating with universities to create new models and tools to evaluate and improve student performance. Predictive analytics is enhancing education everywhere.