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Coventry University has leveraged CrowdStrike Falcon Complete managed detection and response ( MDR ) for comprehensive protection of a dynamic campus environment . Steve Rogers , Enterprise Cloud , Infrastructure and Security Architect at Coventry University , discusses the project and the business benefits in more detail .

Stability and predictability are the cornerstones of an effective security programme . Steve Rogers , Enterprise Cloud , Infrastructure and Security Architect at Coventry University in the UK , had neither . “ On any given day , we support about 40,000 stakeholders spread around the world and due to the various courses we offer , we spike by thousands of users every few months ,” he said . “ We also have a Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD ) policy that means we have limited control over the diverse range of technologies that connect to our networks . To further complicate the situation , the university has a dynamic portfolio of over 600 applications , running on a distributed pool of 600 servers and cloud-based environments .”

With its main campus located in the West Midlands , England , Coventry University can trace its origins back to 1843 . Today , the university provides innovative teaching
– and a focus on impactful primary research – for 29,000 students in Coventry , London and Scarborough , and internationally in China , Singapore and Rwanda .
The university has won numerous awards and accolades for student satisfaction and teaching quality , including being shortlisted for University of the Year , a gold rating in the UK Government ’ s Teaching Excellence Framework and a top 15 placement in a prestigious national newspaper ranking .
The price of success
The university creates substantial amounts of proprietary research and high-value intellectual property ( IP ), much of it resulting from partnerships in healthcare , engineering and the automotive industry . Coupled with holding significant volumes of sensitive
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