Australia's Ballarat Grammar School Blocks Web Threats With HP Software-Defined Networks Security Application
SANTA CLARA, CA, Apr 17, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that Ballarat Grammar, an Anglican
school located in Victoria, Australia, has selected the HP Sentinel
Security software-defined network (SDN) application, part of HP
Virtual Application Networks, to block network security threats and
enhance learning opportunities for students.
Ballarat Grammar's network supports 1,400 students and 200 faculty
members, each with school-issued laptops or unmanaged, bring your own
devices (BYOD), such as smartphones and tablets. Key security issues
like botnets, spyware and malware created significant vulnerability
to the school and impacted student productivity.
"Our students have full access to their school-provisioned laptops
that they also take home, and boarding students bring their own
devices onto campus, too, which seriously hinders comprehensive
management and effective implementation of security protocols," said
Gregory Bell, head, Technical Services, Ballarat Grammar. "With HP's
Sentinel Security application, our networking team has greater
visibility into malware and infections, which is much more effective
than antivirus software alone."
Deployed on HP 3800 Switch Series systems throughout its five
boarding houses and 95 classrooms, HP Sentinel Security enables
Ballarat Grammar to automatically locate and flag infected devices
while connected to the campus wireless or wired networks. Prior to
using HP Sentinel Security, Ballarat Grammar would spend days
manually identifying network infections and their origination point
when students returned from summer break, which created additional
work during an already hectic time.
Education without distraction
Access to social media and
user-generated content was distracting students during class --
frustrating teachers while also limiting learning opportunities.
The HP Sentinel Security application enabled Ballarat Grammar to
improve student productivity by controlling and protecting access to
social media networks in a specific classroom, during class hours
HP Sentinel Security, running on the HP Virtual Application Networks
SDN controller, enables automated, real-time security across the
network switches, routers and access points, while reducing the need
for IT to deploy and manage multiple devices. The application
combines OpenFlow-enabled network devices with security intelligence
from the HP TippingPoint Reputation Digital Vaccine (RepDV) database.
In addition to HP Sentinel Security, Ballarat Grammar deployed the HP
Intelligent Management Center, a single-pane-of-glass tool to
simplify management of its multivendor campus environment.
Ballarat Grammar and HP at the 2013 Open Networking Summit
Grammar's Gregory Bell will join Bethany Mayer, senior vice president
and general manager, Networking, HP, to deliver a keynote address
today at 9 a.m. PT at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The live
webcast will be available at www.ons2013.org.
HP also will demonstrate its complete, open SDN hardware and software
solutions, including HP Sentinel Security and the new HP Unified
Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) SDN application with the
Microsoft(R) Lync SDN Proof of Concept API in booth 201.
The HP UC&C SDN application automates policy deployment and network
configurations for campus enterprise businesses through a single
control plane, providing quality network traffic and enhancing user
Additional information about HP Networking solutions is available at
HP's premier America's client event, HP Discover, takes place June
11-13 in Las Vegas.
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