The Medical Research Council has installed security systems from firewall and security specialist Fortinet to protect critical research data on the network used by its cognition and brain sciences unit.
The unit's network is vulnerable to security threats because it handles multi-gigabit volumes of traffic from data links with other research bodies.
These include a key network connection with the Cambridge University data network, which is one of the most advanced and highest capacity infrastructures in the UK.
The cognition and brain sciences unit network will now be protected by a Fortigate-800 enterprise-class system and multiple Fortigate-60 systems, provided by Fortinet specialist security integrator Giss.
Vlasta Malinek, head of computing at the unit, said: "We required a cost effective security solution that could offer us best of breed firewall and web filtering functionality across a single platform, support multiple virtual Lans, and effectively handle traffic up to 2gbps while providing complete content protection."