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In 2004, officials at the Hawaii Department Of Education (HIDOE), the oldest public school system west of the Mississippi, confronted what school districts nationwide dread. HIDOE's schools rely heavily on its wired and wireless LAN/WAN infrastructure for teaching and administration on notorious Blaster worm struck the Local Area Network (LAN). HIDOE needed to bolster the core of its vast networking infrastructure as school networks play an increasing role in learning and teaching. After dismissing anti-virus software solutions because of their ineffectiveness against spyware and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, HIDOE assessed Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) from McAfee, Juniper Networks and TippingPoint, a division of 3Com. Following comprehensive testing, the school district determined that TippingPoint solutions offer the most pervasive protection, simplest management and superior value.
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