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© 2017 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. The objective Maximize protection from threats with minimal resources Like most primary and secondary schools, Washoe County (Nevada) School District (WCSD) faced a steep learning curve to bring the ubiquitous digital experience to its 70,000 users in 108 schools. "Effective teaching and learning in K-12 is increasingly dependent on internet connectivity," says Mike Petre, WCSD IT Coordinator. "We have to balance the educators' wishes for a free, open, and unfettered access to the Internet with security. Our internet traffic grows exponentially every year whereas our resources to manage it remain static. We have a relatively small team running a big, geographically dispersed network, which is particularly attractive to thieves seeking student records." "To protect against malware, ransomware, phishing, and command and control callback threats, and to maintain CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) compliance, we needed a security solution capable of handling our network's high-volume traffic that we could implement in every facility across the district's vast 6,342 square miles without adding hardware or IT personnel," says Petre. The solution Leveraging the power of the cloud to protect a vast district "Our previous hardware solution was overly complex and shielded malware at the local client level, which grew less effective as threats grew more sophisticated," says WCSD network analyst Ken Mills. "We had multiple layers of protection including firewalls and antivirus, but realized we lacked coverage at the DNS layer." DNS-level protection gives Washoe County a first line of defense and blocks threats before they ever reach the network, while also meeting CIPA web filtering requirements. "To gain protection without adding traffic-inhibiting appliances or necessitating onsite IT staff at each facility was attractive to us," says Petre. "The needs of our users vary greatly and would not be evenly supported with a "one-size-fits-all" security policy," Petre says. "Umbrella offered a simple yet effective way to meet those specific needs. There's a beauty in Umbrella's simplicity." Mills added: "Since Umbrella is delivered from the cloud, we were freed from having to wrestle with hardware and infrastructure. It just works, and it works well." " Since Umbrella is delivered from the cloud, we were freed from having to wrestle with hardware and infrastructure. It just works, and it works well." Ken Mills Network Analyst Washoe County School District

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