Reach2020 - a new perspective on Campus Infrastructure
Many of todays Campus LANs are difficult to manage and optimise, are limited by complex configuration and don’t commonly have security considered by design. When Universities are reviewing their Campus Lan infrastructure, they expect a newer and faster network, but on the same architecture. This approach does not easily facilitate the demands for new services and security expectations that help drive digital transformation and deliver the “edge” to empower students and researchers.
Phase One - Demonstration and Access
The first phase of REACH2020 has been designed to demonstrate the connectivity of any device to an access port. These devices will automatically be placed into the relevant network segments with the appropriate and secure access to network resources, users will be automatically given access to resources established by whether they are Staff, Student or on IoT devices and REACH2020 will make the decision so Network Operators don’t have to. Potential malicious or even accidental harm will be captured and managed to prevent secure boundaries or policies being breached; REACH2020 is compliance-aware and will enable a sturdier access policy without the need for additional layers of control.
Phase Two - Phase Two - Security and Visibility
Security 1 - A connected student host will then be compromised via a malware download, REACH2020 will detect the malware and block the compromised host from the network. The infected host will then move to a different switch but REACH2020 will still prevent the host from accessing the network.
Security 2 - Staff PC’s will be dynamically posture checked to make sure their anti-virus and security settings meet the required levels; endpoint software will stop a staff user running prohibited software from their machine.
Visibility - Network anomaly detection, rogue DHCP server and DNS servers will be introduced to the network, REACH2020 will detect this behaviour and raise support cases automatically.
Phase Three - Collaboration and Development
With the next phase and development, Axians will work with Universities and vendors to continue to build clear solutions to challenges, providing testing and proof of concept.