Palo Alto Networks today announced that Peirce College has upgraded its firewall infrastructure to the PA-4000 Series next-generation firewall to gain visibility and control of Internet applications and threats on its campus networks.

Founded in 1865, Peirce College is a private, four-year, specialized institution providing practical, leading edge curricula. With the PA-4000 Series, Peirce College can monitor, at a granular level, those applications being used by its students, faculty and staff, and more appropriately mitigate threats without hindering the open nature of its network.

"In order to keep up with the dynamically changing Internet application and threat landscape, we replaced our older generation firewalls with the PA-4000 Series," said Christopher Duffy, CIO for Peirce College. "Since then, we can monitor users at a level not possible before, and set and enforce more effective policies, which help protect our users and networks."

"Using ‘port and protocol’ as the mechanism to classify traffic within a firewall is completely outdated for today’s application and threat landscape," said Steve Mullaney, Vice President of Marketing for Palo Alto Networks. "Our next-generation firewall identifies more than 600 applications, making it easy for IT to better manage risk and defend the network against threats. In addition, it provides granular visibility and control while allowing the college’s primary mission of open access to educational networks to be unimpeded."

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Palo Alto Networks™ enables visibility and policy control of applications running on enterprise networks. Based on innovative App-ID™ application classification technology, the Palo Alto Networks PA-4000 Series next-generation firewall accurately identifies applications – regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or even SSL encryption – at 10Gbps with no performance degradation. Enterprises can now set and enforce application usage policies to meet compliance requirements, improve threat mitigation and lower operational costs. The Palo Alto Networks team includes security and networking industry veterans from Check Point, NetScreen, McAfee, Cisco, Juniper and Blue Coat. It is backed by investors Globespan Capital Partners, Greylock Partners and Sequoia Capital. For more information, visit


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