A robust IT security program to protect institutional assets is based on multiple layers. University firewalls represent our first line of defense. We currently use a Fortinet product, both internally and between the UConn network and the Internet. Platform diversity is a contemporary security best practice, and we will be deploying a new Palo Alto Networks firewall platform at the edge of our network. The new firewalls will immediately increase visibility into threats and will be leveraged later in the semester to provide more proactive defense capabilities. We do not expect any impacts to the university community but will monitor traffic flow and performance carefully during implementation. Deployment is tentatively scheduled for the week of January 13 and will be announced in advance.