Armed forces charity SSVC deploys Astaro security

Armed forces charity Services, Sound and Vision Corporation has deployed an appliance-based system to secure its networks around the world.

Armed forces charity Services, Sound and Vision Corporation has deployed an appliance-based system to secure its networks around the world.

Services, Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) provides entertainment and news services to Britain's Armed Forces in around 20 sites in operational regions.

The organisation needed to replace an end-of-life system with something that could provide up-to-date security for IT networks at those sites.

The system also needed to provide secure remote access to SSVC networks for news service reporters working in the field.

"We chose the Astaro Security Gateway system because of its simple, easy-to-learn user interface," said Karim Kronfli, head of IT at SSVC.

The Astaro user interface was the best and most logical of the five systems under consideration. It also offered the required flexibility and robust security at an affordable price, Karim Kronfli said.

"We were looking for a unified threat management system that included appropriate firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spam, web filtering and proxy services," said Kronfli.

Another important aspect is the central management, which means SSVC can manage all security policies and end points from its UK headquarters.

Each remote device has a small software client that ensures protection remains up-to-date. It automatically downloads and instals security patches that have been evaluated and approved by SSVC's IT unit.

"We needed something that could be easily managed by our small five-member IT team and that did not require any IT skills at the remote sites," said Kronfli.

The system also had to be transparent to end users and automatically ensure compliance with security policies, he said.

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