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program creates a forum to share experiences, learn from each other and provide access to folks that have solved or need to solve similar technical challenges. To effect change
in the security arena, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, under the sponsorship of Chief Information Security Officer Rick Haugerud, brought us into Internet2’s NET+ program, sponsoring our work in a service validation effort. For the last year we’ve been working with a handful of institutions, both big and public and small and private, to vet Palo Alto Networks products for fit and to negotiate terms and conditions that are good for the community. That work was recently completed.
The total solution consists of Prisma Access, Prisma Cloud, Prisma SaaS and Cortex XSOAR, all supported by Cortex Data Lake. These solutions address four major facets of security:
ƒ Cloud-native security, to secure campus workloads in the mixed cloud;
ƒ Secure remote access, for learning and working;
ƒ Advanced threat detection, to protect against emerging
threats; and
ƒ Automated security operations, to make security modernization easier.
The use of a portfolio approach protects on numerous fronts. Prisma Cloud maintains configuration management across cloud providers, protects workloads in a dynamic
way, secures the internal cloud network and keeps tabs on administration entitlement so users can do their jobs while maintaining a compliant and secure environment. Prisma SaaS protects dozens of SaaS services using a similar API approach. Integration of those tools with Prisma Access delivers secure remote connectivity and extended detection and response for endpoint, network and cloud. And the addition of Cortex Data Lake enables all of the alerts and logs generated by Prisma
to be processed and normalized in an integrated manner, to develop a holistic view across the network, cloud and beyond.
The big result is that the IT security team gains the visibility and flexibility it needs to support all the various use cases for students, faculty, administration and research teams. Plus, some of those common issues like responding to phishing and other kinds of malware or other frequent attacks can be automated, freeing up the security staff to focus on the harder stuff.
Hunter Ely is security strategist for Palo Alto Networks and a former assistant vice president for information security at Tulane University.

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