Redundancy, Replication, and a Cutting-Edge Solution Deliver Security, Peace of Mind
Netsync deploys Cisco ISE at prominent Texas university
Cybersecurity is a high stakes game of cat and mouse. What were once, perhaps recently, cutting-edge security measures can now be rife with unprotected entry points. A large Texas university could relate.
Widely known for its leading,
highly-publicized media department, the university needed to upgrade its
cybersecurity architecture for both of its data centers. With an enrollment
that was growing exponentially, the university was concerned its legacy
security measures were no longer providing adequate protection against the
latest cyber threats. The university needed more than simple hardware and
software upgrades. It needed to implement a cybersecurity solution that would
protect against immediate threats and those lurking on the horizon. They needed
help. They needed a solution. They needed Netsync.
“We need a solution. Get Netsync on the
For years, the university has turned to
Netsync for the design and successful implementation of numerous technology solutions,
including projects for collaboration, data center modernization and mobility. For
this cybersecurity initiative, the university’s selection of Netsync required
little thought. They have enjoyed what Netsync can deliver time and again.
After interviewing the university’s key network
and IT security personnel, Netsync’s security experts architected a solution
that would incorporate ISE (Identity Services Engine) from its longtime,
trusted partner Cisco. Cisco ISE is a next-gen identity and access control
policy platform that enables clients to enhance infrastructure security,
enforce compliance and streamline their service operations.
2 data centers; 1 great solution
Netsync deployed Cisco ISE at each of the
university’s 2 data centers. With primary and secondary ISE deployments, data
replication begins immediately. Configuration data is shared, ensuring
consistency is maintained in all ISE nodes.
At one data center, Netsync set up ISE as
a distributed deployment with separate personas (personas determine the
services provided by an ISE node; a node is an individual instance that runs
the Cisco ISE software). Netsync deployed a dozen Policy Services Nodes (PSNs),
which provide network and guest access, client provisioning and profiling
services. In addition, 2 Monitoring and Troubleshooting (MnT) nodes and 2
Policy Administration Nodes (PANs) were deployed. MnT nodes provide a
comprehensive identity solution for ISE run-time services and PAN nodes enables
customers to handle all administrative operations on Cisco ISE, such as all system-related
configurations related to functionality―authentication, authorization,
auditing, and much more.
The second data center was a standalone
deployment with 2 active, standby devices running PSN, MnT and PAN personas.
Delivered by a
project management team that consistently exceeds customer expectations
project management team oversaw the entire project, from initial kick-off to final
deployment testing. They ensured the university’s new ISE solution was not only
ready to secure their network and data, but that its installation wouldn’t
hinder day-to-day operations. As usual, it didn’t.
There are reasons that for over a decade hundreds
of higher ed institutions and K-12 schools have relied on Netsync to design and
deploy robust cybersecurity solutions and strategies―they are architected to
meet the precise needs of the customer, deliver high levels of security, provide
simpler management, and are built with budgets in mind. In short, they work,
and do so on multiple levels. Just ask this large Texas university.