Digital Scepter and Palo Alto Networks Sponsor CETPA 2012

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – With an ongoing commitment to helping school districts improve their perimeter security systems and web filtering, network security integrator Digital Scepter ( announced today its sponsorship of the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) 2012 conference. In a partnership with next-generation firewall protection experts Palo Alto Networks (PAN), Digital Scepter will attend the event on October 18th in Monterey, CA, to share its services with the educational sector.

“We are looking forward to exhibiting at CETPA 2012 with Palo Alto Networks,” says Job Robinson, Director of Digital Scepter. “Public schools have a particular obligation to control web access, monitor network usage, and maintain the highest possible security standards. We believe that a Palo Alto Networks perimeter protection device is the ideal solution. By sponsoring this year’s CETPA, we can be part of the exciting discussion at the event and also show members of the educational community how a Palo Alto Networks firewall could help them.”

CETPA is an annual conference for technology professionals working in the California public school system. This year, the 52nd CETPA conference has the theme “Rethink, Reshape, Redesign,” reflecting the atmosphere of constant re-evaluation that defines educational technology. Outside of the public school system, network security changes rapidly, with new threats and different solutions becoming available. School network administrators and technology consultants must keep on top of the latest developments to protect confidential data, in addition to the well-being and online safety of students. Unfortunately, many school networks continue to use outdated perimeter security systems that do not offer adequate monitoring and control to mitigate the latest threats.

Firewall protection is the first line of defense against most network threats,” says Robinson. “But traditional firewalls do not offer the granular control technology professionals require. Many people simply do not know the level of control a more advanced firewall could offer, but we have helped numerous school districts to implement the latest technology. At CETPA 2012, we are happy to discuss the specific network security requirements of schools, and explain how a Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall could help.”

Technology has an increasingly crucial role in the work of K-12 school districts. Across single- and multi-site networks, teachers and administrators routinely share registration data, conduct e-learning, and compile private reports. In addition, students are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet for research, reading, and further learning. Although technology has transformed education for the better, it is important that schools can enforce access policies, monitor usage, and maintain network integrity. Traditional firewalls can only control network access based on port numbers. A Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall can identify, monitor, and control specific applications and individual users, and even analyze the content of data transferred into or out of the network. At CETPA 2012, Digital Scepter will meet new professionals from the public school system who may be interested in improving their perimeter protection.

“In 2009, we met the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) at CETPA,” says Robinson. “Since then, we have implemented Palo Alto Networks devices for SCOE with impressive results. This year, we are sponsoring this important annual event and also looking forward to meeting more people in the K-12 school system who may be interested in Palo Alto Networks firewalls. We encourage everyone to stop by our booth to learn what we can do to make their network more secure.”

With existing clients in the educational sector and proven experience implementing Palo Alto Networks devices in K-12 school districts, Digital Scepter is an excellent choice for schools looking to improve their network security.

Digital Scepter will be in booth #711 at CETPA 2012 in Monterey, CA on October 18,2012.

Customers interested in learning more about Digital Scepter and Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls are encouraged to visit for more details.

About Digital Scepter

Founded in 2007, Digital Scepter is a leading California-based value added reseller (VAR) of network security systems, including next-generation firewall protection, web security systems, and intrusion prevention systems (IPS). Digital Scepter has extensive and authoritative understanding of the many threats facing businesses and institutions that connect to the Internet, and offers a range of services designed to identify security concerns and implement robust, dependable solutions. This is achieved through services such as an Application Visibility Report and penetration testing, after which a suitable solution can be designed and implemented. Solutions include products from leading vendors such as Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler, Tanium, Solutionary, and Trend Micro.

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