Today, learning can occur almost anytime, anywhere thanks to the Internet, cloud-based learning management systems, and private online tools and services. Ascham School, a non-selective day and boarding school for girls located in Sydney, Australia, encourages students to get the most out of these resources through their Personal Device Program. This program allows students to bring a device of their choice to support their learning and offers students flexible access to technology-rich content that facilitates and supports academic achievement.
But this flexibility came with some challenges. The school’s legacy security infrastructure had chronic performance problems, unreliable reporting, and inconsistent policy enforcement. Ascham needed a solution that provided smooth access to vital online educational resources while preventing cyberthreats and inappropriate online behavior. After exploring several security offerings, Ascham selected the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
“We spent an inordinate amount of time and effort troubleshooting and fighting fires. Now that we have the Palo Alto Networks platform in place, everything works beyond our expectations. That’s allowed IT to get back at least 40 percent of our time to work on more strategic projects that bring value to our students, staff, and parents.” says Jennifer Sharman, Director of IT at Ascham School.