Infoblox has announced that Morgan School District and railway conglomerate Keio Corporation are using BloxOne Threat Defense to secure their networks, applications, and user devices wherever they are. These customers illustrate the demand for scaling security, which cloud-based DNS inherently does, to protect the decentralized corporate network.
“Companies large and small are turning to cloud-based networks and services more than ever before, often stitching them onto what used to be a purely on-premises network,” says Jesper Andersen, CEO of Infoblox. “As enterprises become more distributed and borderless, they need security to stretch across the entire infrastructure to protect users wherever they are. Our BloxOne Threat Defense uses cloud-native DNS at the core of the network to simplify and extend security across the hybrid stack.”
“Cloud-managed DNS security platforms provide a robust, scalable and secure platform for protecting any enterprise network, no matter the size or the origination of the traffic,” says Brandon Butler, Senior Research Analyst of Enterprise Networks at IDC. “Enterprises that embrace these next-generation security best practices will ensure their networks are able to securely scale to meet the needs of their digitally transforming business.”
School districts in particular have seen a pressing need for solutions that extend network security to remote users, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of students to learn from home. The Morgan School District chose BloxOne Threat Defense after searching for a cloud-delivered solution that unified the district’s cybersecurity posture and reduced false positives. BloxOne Threat Defense gives the district a central point for enforcing malware policies for all issued devices regardless of a student’s location.
“Once our schools were shut down, we immediately began issuing Chromebooks to families,” says Ven Savage, Network Operations Manager for the district in Morgan, Utah. “We went from issuing zero take home devices to issuing 750 devices in just three days.” Since the pandemic, “content filtering has remained our primary challenge. Data Privacy laws require school devices filtered the exact same way no matter where students are using them.”
With BloxOne Threat Defense, “I set up our filtering to happen at the DNS level which is different from other solutions,” says Savage. “It’s more effective and successful at eliminating false positives. We used to have false positives 8-10 times per day. Now, after making a few minor tweaks, my team has dealt with only one false positive in six months since we implemented Infoblox’s BloxOne Threat Defense Advanced. We had that one fixed in about five minutes.”
Keio Corporation, a Japanese railroad operator, selected BloxOne Threat Defense to secure 6,000 computers on the company’s network. The company chose Infoblox to use DNS, to more accurately identify and mitigate threats, including SEO poisoning attacks and the Emotet malware that previously went undetected.
“There have been an increasing number of new web-based threats that have been difficult to address with a traditional cybersecurity solution alone,” says Kenichi Sato, Group IT Officer-in-Charge in the IT Department at Keio. “It became necessary to build a more multi-layered defense.”
“Since Infoblox offers a cloud-based cybersecurity service, it is easy to deploy to every other company within the Keio Group,” says Hiroko Tamura, Group IT Management Officer-in-Charge at Keio. “It can also flexibly support the addition of new functions and minimize the hardware maintenance and operations costs associated with an on-premises solution.”