Jisc has chosen KHIPU Networks to build and operate a managed firewall service for its members.
The organisation, which provides technology services to higher and further education bodies, said the firewall will help protect organisations connected to the research and education network.
The project is now moving to the design validation and build phase ready for launch in the summer.
Jisc said that development will be shaped by selected early adopters from the sector.
KHIPU also runs the organisation’s simulated phishing and training service.
Security posture varies
Jisc’s chief information security officer, Steve Kennett, said: “We know that security posture across further and higher education varies and that some organisations lack the skilled staff and resources required to implement the right controls and processes.
“This is where the new managed firewall service can take the strain and provide peace of mind by implementing best practice configuration and ongoing management, 24/7.
“We have chosen KHIPU Networks to operate our service because, having worked together on other services, we have confidence it has both the right expertise and a first rate platform to best serve our members and customers.”
Intelligence accrued from the service will be analysed through Jisc’s managed security information and event management (SIEM) service, and will provide its cyber threat intelligence team with insights into the wider threat landscape.