Clint Close and Daren Francis of Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls, Texas
Textbooks, Notebooks and chalkboards used to be the main means for young scholars to master the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic. But as children increasingly pursue their studies online – and arrive at school with mobile devices that are gateways to online education and entertainment – K-12 IT leaders now find themselves more focused on protecting their networks, controlling applications and optimizing bandwidth.
Next generation firewalls play a role in achieving those ends, featuring what has long been expected in a firewall, such as stateful protocol inspection, while also offering more advanced capabilities, such as deep packet inspection to target traffic anomalies or known male ware. Integrated intrusion detection and prevention capabilities ensure that traffic does;t have to pass through separate security layers and performance doesn’t suffer.