Pennsbury School District Selects InfoExpress CyberGatekeeper Network Access Control to Secure Wired and Wireless Network
Ease of Deployment, Cost Savings and Network Security Were Key Determinants in Selection of CyberGatekeeper NAC
Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) March 8, 2011
InfoExpress, a leading network security solutions provider, announced today that Pennsbury School District (PSD) has selected its CyberGatekeeper Network Access Control (NAC) to protect the District’s wired and wireless network. With CyberGatekeeper, PSD will be able to manage network access and define policies for district-provided laptops provided to staff and students. When fully deployed, the Pennsylvania-based school district will provide network protection to its high school campus, three middle schools, eleven elementary schools, and administration building.
“The use of technology is critical to providing our students with the best education possible,” said Daniel DiLorenzo, Director of Information Technology at Pennsbury School District. “The challenge for us was how to provide as much access to our network as possible, without compromising the integrity of the system.”
After a thorough examination of PSD’s network security needs, DiLorenzo and his team determined that they needed to better control the devices accessing the network. In selecting a NAC partner, PSD was looking for a solution that was easy to deploy and that required no changes to the network.
“CyberGatekeeper from InfoExpress met all of our needs,” continued DiLorenzo. “We had a very quick deployment, rolling out CyberGatekeeper to more than 1,000 devices in less than a day. Throughout the process, InfoExpress was extremely responsive to our questions. In addition, unlike the other vendors we spoke to, they did not charge us during the evaluation process and did not require us to make a bunch of changes to the network before we began.”
In addition, securing PSD’s wireless network was a key concern for DiLorenzo and his team. Through a grant provided by the Pennsylvania State Government, PSD relies on mobile carts with district provided laptops. Based on PSD’s strict policy, non-district provided devices are prohibited and the school laptops require an encrypted key to access the wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).
DiLorenzo went on to say, “Students are very savvy when it comes to technology. It did not take long for them to run a hack program on one of our laptops to secure the key. The key was then distributed to other students, and we had thousands of personal laptops, smart phones and iPods accessing the network.”
Based on a policy that was quickly and easily generated and deployed by the CyberGatekeeper Policy Server, PSD now requires that all devices meet a specific configuration. Even if someone has the key or password, if they are not using a district provided laptop and it’s out of compliance, the endpoint is denied access.
“Non-compliant device related incidents were increasing at a significant rate. The smallest problem would require about 24 hours of time spent by multiple members of my team to mitigate. In the short time we have been using CyberGatekeeper we have seen a sharp decrease, which allows us to focus on our strategic IT goals.”
“CyberGatekeeper was designed to be quickly and easily deployed without downtime or disruption to the end-user,” said Stacey Lum, CEO of InfoExpress. “Pennsbury School District and its students will benefit from the increased security CyberGatekeeper provides.”
About Pennsbury School District
The Pennsbury School District, a student-centered learning community, prepares all students to achieve their highest potential and to demonstrate mastery of skills and talents necessary for life in a global society by providing a diverse educational program with the involvement and support of families and community.
InfoExpress network security solutions protect enterprise networks and the endpoints connecting to them. The company has provided Network Access Control solutions since 2000. At the core of InfoExpress solution is the award winning CyberGatekeeper Family of Network Access Control products, which ensures endpoints are safe and compliant with security policies by performing real-time audits and quarantining of all network-attached endpoints. InfoExpress products have received numerous awards for innovation. The privately held company has been profitable for 12 consecutive years and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, please visit http://www.infoexpress.com.
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