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The French "Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers" Modernises Its Security Equipment with Palo Alto Networks
Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 03:08:09 PM

Renowned Higher Education Institute Uses the Security Platform of Palo Alto Networks.

Santa Clara, CA -- November 5, 2013 -- Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), 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 Coree, 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.

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