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NSSL bolsters network security with Matrix Communications

Warwick Ashford

Satellite service provider NSSL has chosen Matrix Communications to secure the company's local area network (Lan) and improve the visibility of the network.

The move was prompted by a 40% increase in the past year of the number of remote workers and contractors requiring access to NSSL's network.

As a provider of satellite communications to the UK military and other key organisations, NSSL could not afford to have its network compromised, said Pete Diduch, IT manager at NSSL.

Matrix, which was contracted last year to build a new IP network in Reading for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, implemented ConSentry Network's LANShield Controller at NSSL to provide identity-based network access control and post-admission monitoring and management, without having to set up a complicated virtual Lan.

LANShield Controller is designed to take remedial action to prevent threats to the network by identifying unusual or forbidden network activity. Continental Airlines was the first large company to adopt this technology from ConSentry in 2005.

According to Diduch, the ConSentry system provides all the control and visualisation NSS required at a lower cost than competing products because it does not rely on third-party products, such as specific switches and other network equipment.

Controlling access to the network was key, said Diduch, but it was even more important to be able to monitor usage against set policies to ensure real-time protection for the network and its users.

"Easy configuration and use is also attractive to relatively small IT departments like ours at NSSL," he said.


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