WootCloud Addresses Unmanaged Device Challenges for Dartmouth, Delivering Visibility and Analytics While Driving Remediation to Mitigate Threats Specific to Higher Education Institutions

HANOVER, N.H., March 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WootCloud, an innovative device security company, today announced that Dartmouth has selected its HyperContext® Security Platform for end-to-end visibility, context and threat remediation.

Dartmouth selected the WootCloud SaaS-based platform not only for its ability to deliver the highest level of device security, network visibility and analytics across the entire campus and student body, but also for WootCloud’s unique ability to mitigate security threats by discovering indicators of compromise and driving remediation at an individual device level.

As a forward-thinking organization, Dartmouth’s management team had been an early adopter in the device visibility space, having recognized the security challenges associated with a plethora of unmanaged devices, from cutting edge R&D equipment to student devices such as gaming consoles and connected speakers. Dartmouth realized that its existing IT, IoT and R&D infrastructure required a passive, agentless solution that would help address challenges around device discovery, deep analytics & inspection and automated threat defense, all the while allowing Dartmouth’s IT team to retain full control of the access policies. That insight led Dartmouth to procure the HyperContext platform.

Sean McNamara, Sr. Director Information Security at Dartmouth said, "WootCloud's micro-segmentation capabilities are a game-changer. We will be able to make on-the-fly access control decisions based on a person's identity as well as their normal patterns of usage and device hygiene characteristics. This will allow us to make the most of our investments in information security by ensuring the most effective protections are in front of the right people and right resources."

A key decision factor for Dartmouth was that WootCloud outperformed incumbent solutions on core threat and risk use cases. In addition, the solution offered new capabilities around network micro-segmentation and next generation access control using the existing access point infrastructure at no additional cost. Focusing on specific use cases such as bandwidth utilization, device identification related to student health and safety, and access rights for visiting faculty and students, WootCloud demonstrated its ability to adapt its technology to the challenges faced specifically by the higher education community.

"What drew me to WootCloud is that it does more than simply check all the boxes,” said Felix Windt, Sr. Director of Network Services at Dartmouth. “It’s not a black box solution, but a platform that easily integrates into our existing ecosystem. WootCloud gives us building blocks to use going forward as we develop and incorporate new solutions that will ultimately need to know what a networked device is and who it belongs to."

“Dartmouth’s implementation of WootCloud validates our ability to quickly secure a network with the most advanced AI-based capabilities for enterprise IoT security,” said Amit Srivastav, CEO of WootCloud. “In addition, it underscores other aspects of our Higher Education focus, which include not only ensuring academic integrity via adherence to use policies, but also quickly determining devices and users that might be in the vicinity of an incident or outbreak, especially in today’s environment, as part of a Health and Safety contact tracing policy.”

“As an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning based security platform, its especially gratifying to be selected by the very institution that saw the birth of AI during a Summer Research Project in 1956,” added Srivastav.