Case Study: Large Midwest County

Recently, a large county in the Midwest was investigating new security appliances. The IT department at the county was using Check Point, Surf Control and Barracuda appliances and software and the customer believed they were well protected since
they had well known name brand security technologies in place.

Despite their investment in this technology and other security precautions, the county was struck by a “rootkit” virus, a hacker tool that lands on a deep level of the OS (such as binaries) inside the infected computer. It hides its presence, but actively listens for open ports and steals command line code. In this particular instance, this virus cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up.

The customer brought in a Barrier1 appliance, and after only 45 days of testing, Barrier1’s Intelligent Threat Management solution defeated three attacks that had compromised the other security devices. After reviewing and analyzing the test results, the county purchased the Barrier1 appliance to replace the various point solutions, and increased their effectiveness and protection of their entire network.

The Situation

This large county government required a higher level of protection against blended threats and rootkits as its vulnerability grew with its size.

The Solution

Barrier1 was installed in network behind Check Point, Surf Control, and Barracuda as a proof-of-concept to ensure all threats were stopped at the point of impact.

The Results

After 45 days of testing, Barrier1 logged 637,185 Priority one attacks. Just three of these attacks would have defeated the existing security technologies. Because of Barrier1’s Intelligent Threat Management technology, breaches were stopped in real-time and the point of impact, and the network was not compromised.

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