In another showcase for the ThreatSTOP + Juniper SRX solution, the University of Baltimore has deployed it to protect itself and 6,400 students against botnets and malware. UB needed to solve 4 related problems:
- Significant manual resources used to blacklist IPs and clean up malware infections.
- Performance of hosts degraded by malware.
- Data breaches posed major security vulnerabilities for university’s open environment.
- It needed to upgrade functionality and capacity of the old Netscreen firewalls
All 4 problems were solved by deploying ThreatSTOP Botnet Defense Cloud + SRX Services Gateways. Other products such as OpenDNS were evaluated but didn’t satisfy UB’s need. OpenDNS only blocks by domain names, which is not granular enough. The selection criteria were:
- For Juniper: the SRX firewall provided the functionality and capacity for future growth. Also, UB is familiar with Juniper’s technology and environment, and the upgrade caused minimal disruption.
- A major contributing factor to Juniper’s selection is that ThreatSTOP integrates very easily with it and it can support ThreatSTOP’s full functionality.
- For ThreatSTOP, it provided an automated IP blocking service with the highest malware catch rate, lowest false-positives, and fastest update times.
The solution worked immediately. Most dramatically, it cut the number of malware-related help desk calls by 90%, from 10-18/month to only 1-2. This released significant IT/security admin resources to perform higher-value tasks. ThreatSTOP also eliminated the tedious and wasteful process of manual blacklisting done before ThreatSTOP was installed. Read case study.