The University of Westminster has selected Palo Alto Networks PA-5050 next-generation firewalls to replace its legacy firewalls.


The university has selected the PA-5050 to allow visibility into its network and application control and provide threat prevention and URL filtering. The university worked with security partner Khipu Networks to evaluate the Palo Alto Networks solution and integrate it within a network infrastructure that supports more than 20,000 students and staff.

Judie Ayoola, team leader of network security at the University of Westminster, said: “Palo Alto Networks assists us in our mission to allow our students and faculties to access many emerging web-based applications, but to first and foremost ensure that they and the network they are attached to remains protected. Seeing all that is actually running on our networks finally makes this possible.”

According to Palo Alto Networks its technology enables universities to accurately identify and control applications by user, scan content to stop threats and prevent data leakage with a single network device.

Nir Zuk, founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, said: “Many educational institutions struggle with balancing access with security. Legacy security technologies simply lack the ability to see all application traffic and identify suspicious behaviour. Our next-generation firewalls are unique in their ability to see and control applications, users and content, IP addresses and packets.”