Secure Network Foundation Needed for Maintenance Analytics
University campuses have many challenges in common with large industrial facilities such as aging infrastructure, far-flung assets, limited resources and continuous uptime expectations. Sound familiar? At Penn State University (PSU), for example, leadership in the Office of the Physical Plant sought to deploy data analytics to optimize the predictive maintenance of assets spread across its vast campus network of more than 600 buildings. But they realized the effort would have been compromised without first establishing a resilient network to connect and protect those systems and data. Connectivity costs, slow provisioning times, and lack of segmentation exposed their critical systems to downtime due to broadcast storms, and accidental or intentional exploit. In this presentation, Tom Walker explains how he and his small facilities team quickly and cost-effectively created peer-to-peer encrypted overlay networks that allowed them to securely integrate PSU’s vast campus network. Using a simple-to-use centralized orchestration engine, they are now able to quickly cloak, connect, and micro-segment any device or system (including legacy ones) with point-and-click simplicity. It’s non-disruptive and fast to implement because it requires few if any changes to existing network infrastructure—or disruptions to ongoing operations.