Case Study: Regional Bank

A medium-size independent bank located in Minnesota viewed security as a critical element of network operations, but due to limited staff and budget, did not have a proactive and comprehensive security strategy. Historically, firewalls had been viewed as a panacea for major threats, with some type of desktop antispam as a sidebar. It is not unusual for an organization to approach network security in this fashion. It is also not unusual for most organizations to not understand the extent of their vulnerability or that they may have been a target for attackers.

The bank was no different. The IT Manager was deeply concerned about network security but staff and budget constraints were a challenge. Hiring consultants or having a VAR sell them a number of products that would require a full-time person to monitor and manage was not an option.

The Barrier Group approached the bank with an offer to install a Barrier1 appliance to log the security events that were taking place and prove the effectiveness of a comprehensive approach to network security.

The Barrier1 appliance was installed and began to protect the bank along with providing valuable reports on what type of traffic the bank was receiving. The information provided below is a small sample that was collected in just a two-week period.

Web content filtering:8366 websites blocked

Antivirus:648 viruses stopped

Anti-spam: 2143 Spam E-mails stopped

The bank is now a customer of The Barrier Group, and the Barrier1 appliance addresses all of the bank’s network security concerns.

Barrier1 is the first Intelligent Threat Management appliance on the market. Barrier1 listens, learns, adapts and reacts very fast. This architecture makes the Barrier1 line of appliances extremely effective in today’s blended attacks and zero day tolerance criteria. Today’s hackers have become very sophisticated in their tactics; expensive point solutions that were put into place and thought to be sufficient just two years ago are no match for contemporary attackers.