Hong Kong International School (HKIS) needed to improve its security posture to cope with a rapidly increasing, sophisticated threat landscape, while also safeguarding student data.
Palo Alto Networks NGFW and Cortex® XDR™ provided enhanced visibility, increased threat detection, simplified management, and reduced time to detect and respond.
Moving to a single platform has simplified monitoring, improved detection, and enhanced safety. Today, artificial
intelligence helps determine which threats are real and which are false positives. AI is able to uncover risks and even
rate them as high, medium, or low in terms of severity before security experts work toward fixing them. HKIS had a high
attack frequency. Threats are constantly coming from around the world, and Palo Alto Networks NGFW helps HKIS drop
the connection with these threats. “We have thousands of attacks every day. With Palo Alto Networks NGFW, most of the
incoming threats are already warded off. We can now detect threats immediately, with more ease, and warn the specific
user to take remedial action,” Roy affirms.
Investing in Cortex XDR, although an expensive proposition, has delivered the necessary benefits. Palo Alto Networks NGFW identifies and scans all traffic—applications, users, and content—across all ports and protocols to help HKIS stay ahead of threats. Cortex XDR is user-friendly and does not have too many logs that need to be scanned. If a threat is identified, Cortex XDR blocks network access instantly and only allows access on authorization. This gives HKIS the opportunity to educate the user and help them clean up their devices from potential cyberthreats. It allows for more transparency, with detailed reports, and clearly indicates what the firewalls are protecting the school from.
Given the current cyberthreat landscape, schools like HKIS need to be even more cautious with regard to their security infrastructure, preparing themselves for sophisticated attacks that could lie ahead. HKIS chose Palo Alto Networks to mitigate future threats and transform to a next-generation cybersecurity platform.