Vectra for Higher Education


How a university saved $7 million and sped up threat detection


Identify Attack Scenarios Common in Higher Education

  • Detect cryptocurrency mining and other abuses of university services and property
  • Expose attacker behaviors that attempt to steal protected health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), payment card data, intellectual property and research
  • Identify compromised bring your own devices (BYOD) and IoT devices that are used to launch broader attack campaigns
  • Support compliance mandates, including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), payment card industry (PCI), decision support systems (DSS), and the Safeguards Rule

“Vectra saved us $7 million in a year and we cut threat investigations from days to minutes.”

“Vectra saved us $7 million in a year and we cut threat investigations from days to minutes.”

Daniel Basile

Executive Director of the Security Operations Center

The Texas A&M University System

Vectra detects and responds faster to cyberthreats introduced by phishing scams, BYOD vulnerabilities, and IoT exploits at universities and colleges. Driven by AI, Vectra identifies attack behaviors in real time to prevent data theft and breaches in higher education networks.

Automate threat detections

Automate threat detection and other manual Tier-1 tasks so analysts can focus on investigations and threat hunting. No need to sift through volumes of logs or alerts.

Empower threat hunters

Detect ransomware and other attack behaviors using AI-derived machine learning models. We prioritize the highest-risk threats and show where and how to respond.

Visibility into the attack surface

Visibility into attack behaviors in all network traffic – cloud/data center workloads, user/IoT devices, and encrypted HTTPS hidden tunnels – without using decryption.

Capture and enrich metadata

Capture, analyze and enrich metadata from all network traffic with context about attacks, relevant logs and cloud events for faster threat hunting and investigations.

AI-driven Network Detection and Response (NDR)

Attacker behavior detection

Self-learning threat behavior models from data science and security research automatically identify malicious activity, fortify key security attributes and security patterns, normal patterns, precursors, account scores, host scores, and correlated attack campaigns.

Real-time threat hunting

Metadata extracted from all network traffic is enriched with security insights so you know where and what to hunt. SOC teams increase productivity and reduce attacker dwell time by integrating Vectra with your current security ecosystem for end-to-end response automation.

AI and machine learning

AI and ML scale-up to analyze and prioritize huge volumes of threat events to give SOCs the right information at the right time. High-fidelity alerts about in-progress attacks enable faster, informed responses and quick, decisive enforcement actions for a superb ROI.

CDM DEFEND: See What’s Happening on the Network

Aligned with Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) Phase 3, Vectra shows what’s happening in federal and government agencies' cloud, data center, and IoT networks to harden security posture.

Vectra addresses critical elements of Phase 3:

  • Protect: Automatically detect,  triage and prioritize threats that evade boundary protection, enabling faster  mitigation of high risk attacks.
  • Manage: Integrate with your existing security ecosystem – from endpoint detection and response to  orchestration and security information event management – for end-to-end threat management.
  • Respond: Automatically share  critical threat behavior data – including context about attack campaigns and  forensic evidence.
  • Improve: Advanced machine learning algorithms derived from AI continuously learn, becoming more intelligent and operationally effective over time.

How to Detect, Prioritize, and Respond to Federal and Government Cyberattacks











Vectra US Federal & SLED Contract Holder