Palo Alto Networks®, the leading network security company™, has been selected by the French Conservatoire national des arts et metiers, CNAM (“National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts”) to modernize its IT security equipment, including the replacement of its firewall and access to its private network.
CNAM has installed two PA-5020 next-generation firewalls (in active/passive mode), performing the dual function of firewall and VPN. This new-generation equipment from Palo Alto Networks has enabled the creation of easy and user-friendly VPN access for users, plus the deployment of traffic filtering that is simpler to manage, more efficient and now based on the applications rather than on the standard variables of port type or IP address. The Palo Alto Networks VPN service uses two protocols, SSL and IPSEC Standard that enables easy connecting of remote sites.
• Denis Corée, the CNAM’s Information Systems Director, explains: “The Palo Alto Networks security platform initially allowed us to introduce a more stable, more accessible VPN connection that’s also more user-friendly and offers greater autonomy. The filtering of the traffic by application rather than by port or by IP address has enabled us to go from 800 filtering rules to just 200. We estimate that the next-generation firewall from Palo Alto Networks will enable us to save nearly 50% on operating time. We also have excellent visibility over the flow of information at application level, which means we can immediately detect any abnormal information traffic.”
The migration to the new material was completed in only a few months, and CNAM has benefited from great support from Palo Alto Networks, as well as numerous online resources such as user discussion groups on the Palo Alto Networks website, and technical notes from previous implementation projects too.
About the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
The Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (cnam.fr) was created by the National Convention of 1794 at the proposal of Abbé Henri Grégoire, with the aim of “perfecting national industry”. Spawned by the French Revolution, its purpose was to help spread technological innovation and scientific knowledge, and to promote the creative spirit. Currently a Public Scientific, Cultural and Professional Institution, classed as a Grand Etablissement, the Conservatoire is overseen by the French Minister for Higher Education.
Split into two departments, the CNAM provides training developed in close conjunction with businesses and professional bodies in order to best meet their requirements and those of their employees. Based in Paris, this public body coordinates a network of 28 regional and 150 training centers. This scale of deployment gives it a presence in metropolitan France and the overseas territories, as well as in Europe and abroad.
About Palo Alto Networks
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