Nottingham University brings in HP to analyse security threats

The University of Nottingham has boosted its IT security with an analytics service from HP.


The University of Nottingham has boosted its IT security with an analytics service from HP.

HP Security Analytics collects qualitative process information and quantitative data for a business-aligned view of the university’s information security. An evidence-based threat and risk analysis enables the university to align its security initiatives in response to business goals and risks.

According to the university, the system has enabled it to accurately track the source and mode of attacks against its IT services and redeploy resources to mitigate the most pressing risks.

Existing IT investments and resources are well-used in the most vulnerable areas as a result, and that extra investment “can be identified and justified in terms of additional business value”, the university said.

Paul Kennedy, information services security and compliance group leader at University of Nottingham, said: “We have to provide secure access to all key university systems from any location, at any time, on any device.

“At the start of every academic year we have one weekend where 9,000 completely unseen, completely unknown devices appear and want to connect to our network while most of the IT staff are not actually here.

He added: "With HP we now have a much more detailed model of how our threat management solutions work based on real data."

In addition to campuses in Nottingham, the university has major facilities in China and Malaysia. It has 40,000 students and staff worldwide.

In other IT security news, International IT security managers' organisation ISACA recently released a new business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT. ISACA said COBIT 5, which is free to download, "promotes seamless continuity between an enterprise's IT department and its overall business goals".

The organisation said COBIT 5 provides "globally accepted principles, practices, analytical tools and models" designed to help business and IT leaders "maximise value from IT assets".

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