IT managers at Stanford University were concerned. As security threats to colleges and universities increased, Stanford needed to keep private matters private—but at the same time, the university’s IT staff wanted to ensure that its wealth of information resources remained widely available to students, faculty, and researchers.

Yet, each academic department and school was responsible for its own network security measures, leaving this vital layer of protection an “incomplete patchwork,” school officials explained. The university needed an organization-wide firewall service that could accommodate a highly decentralized environment.

Stanford divides its campus network into eight operational zones, with each zone partitioned into multiple...

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