HE and FE institutions deploy the service to identify, resolve and manage vulnerabilities, protecting their environments from cyber threats such as the recent attacks that have hit the headline news
London, 25th July 2017 – Greenbone, a leading provider of vulnerability management solutions, and Khipu Networks have today announced that leading UK education institutions have adopted the Vulnerability Assessment Service, since the Jisc framework was first made available in April 2016. Institutions including the University of Winchester, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Hull, University of Winchester, Glasgow Kelvin College and Hartlepool College of Further Education – are using the service to identify, resolve and manage network vulnerabilities, to help protect their environments from cyberattacks that are continually on the rise and making the headline news.
The Jisc Vulnerability Assessment Service framework is designed to enable institutions of all sizes to detect and manage vulnerabilities in their infrastructures including servers, endpoints, network and perimeter security equipment. Jisc first selected Greenbone and Khipu Networks to provide the service in April 2016, following a rigorous competitive (OJEU) tender process. The framework enables institutions to procure the service directly from Khipu Networks, without the requirement of a formal procurement exercise, saving resourcing, time and money.
The Vulnerability Assessment Service automates the process of vulnerability identification and management, and provides the necessary reporting to help institutions prioritise and quickly act upon any cyberattack risks. A recent example is the flaw in versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that led to the rapid spread of the WannaCry ransomware in May 2017. The Vulnerability Assessment Service first identified the vulnerability in February 2017, and immediately provided recommendations to patch against it being exploited. Education institutions using the service were notified of the vulnerability – and which of their devices would be affected – along with the required remediation information to prevent any future attacks.
“Using Jisc’s vulnerability assessment service enables the University to have a pro-active approach to cyber security,” said Rob Spalding, Head of Infrastructure at Anglia Ruskin University. “By having an automated solution that not only identifies vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, it reports on which systems will be affected and what actions need to be undertaken to protect them. This automated approach is vital in the defense against cyber-attacks including the recent ransomware which made headline news. The service, provided by Khipu Networks via the Jisc VAS framework, has been an immediate success for the University, with a quick return on investment.”
The Greenbone Security Manager solution – which underpins the Vulnerability Assessment Service – provides a daily security update feed with more than 53,000 network vulnerability tests.
“New security vulnerabilities are being discovered and exploited by cybercriminals daily,” said Steve Kennett, Security Director at Jisc. “For education organisations with large and diverse IT networks, it can be hard enough to simply understand their exposure to known vulnerabilities, let alone try to coordinate patching and testing against them. The Vulnerability Assessment Service is designed to relive this pressure, and prevent outbreaks like WannaCry before they happen.”
“Having used the service for over a year, we’ve been able to streamline the way we deal with security vulnerability issues at the University” said Sean Ashford, Networks and Systems Manager at the University of Winchester. “We can react quickly if we see that there is a critical or very widespread issue on our network that needs fixing. As a result, it’s become a central part of how we handle cybersecurity at the University.”
About Greenbone Networks
Founded in 2008, Greenbone Networks is a leading, global provider of vulnerability management solutions. Based on open source software, the Greenbone Security Manager (GSM) analyses IT network devices – including desktop computers, servers, software applications, routers and VoIP devices – identifying security vulnerabilities, providing detailed reports and instructions to resolve security issues before attackers are able to exploit them.
Greenbone’s vulnerability management solutions are deployed in more than 30,000 installations and integrations across a broad range of industries and company sizes, and its vulnerability management software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. Greenbone is headquartered in Osnabrueck, Germany.
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About Khipu Networks
Khipu Networks is a privately owned award winning international Cyber Security Company delivering a wide range of network, wireless and security solutions, technologies and services across multiple sectors. Founded in 2005, Khipu Networks ethos has always been to work in partnership with customers, to understand their environments and challenges so that we can design and deploy ‘best of breed’ solutions that enable them to meet their strategic goals.
Our core business is to provide next generation networking and cyber security solutions, ensuring highly secure but user-optimised networks that can deliver mission critical applications and data when and where it is needed. Khipu have developed a network blueprint ensuring high availability whilst also reducing the burden on IT teams and associated OPEX costs. Our pro-active focus on designing, supporting and maintaining complex customer environments has enabled Khipu to be a market leader in providing cyber security solutions with exceptional customer references.
As of January 2013, Khipu were awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen for providing networking security solutions and exceptional after sales support services for over five years to the Royal Household.
Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.
- shared digital infrastructure and services
- negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and
- provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.