"We chose to standardise on Check Point because of its excellent track record in providing reliable, high performance security products," commented Alan Mercer, IT Security Manager, Sesame Ltd. "As the de facto industry standard, its products are mature and have stood up to scrutiny in the marketplace. Our previous security infrastructure was a complex mixture of products from Cisco, Symantec, Watchguard and Microsoft that was difficult and time-consuming to manage. With Check Point not only have we reduced the complexity, but we also have a far more reliable infrastructure which provides an intuitive learning curve for our employees."
The drive behind the project is to centralise security infrastructure management and improve the reliability of applications, such as email, for Sesame's 800 employees. In addition it is expected to speed up the time to market for new products which Sesame delivers via its portal service, Assureweb.
With approximately a 20% share of the IFA market, Sesame has a commitment to delivering comprehensive, easy to use services in a competitive landscape. Approximately 100 developers, engineers and support staff will rely heavily on the Check Point VPN gateways to deliver new applications for use by IFAs to provide quotes, query databases and compare prices.
"With five sites, two Internet Service Providers and heavy reliance on email and the Internet, Sesame faces a common challenge of ensuring 100% availability without impeding performance," commented Nick Lowe, Regional Director, UK, Ireland and South Africa for Check Point Software Technologies. "Standardising on Check Point gives Sesame a solution that is seamlessly integrated with the additional benefit of being easy to manage remotely from any of its four locations."
Once the rollout is completed Sesame will have ten Nokia IP security platforms running a combination of Check Point VPN-1 Pro and VPN-1 Express. The Nokia IP security platforms are integrated with software from Check Point and come pre-tested and configured, enabling Sesame to conduct its infrastructure overhaul in a matter of weeks.
Every firewall will be centrally managed from Check Point SmartCenter Pro, a console that will be used to push application updates from one central location, avoiding the need to visit each site. Integrated into the Smart Center dashboard is Check Point SmartView Reporter, a comprehensive reporting tool, that enables security administrators to gain in-depth intelligence of security, network and user activity. It delivers more accurate reports, which previously were generated using a cumbersome manual process.
The rollout will be carried out over a six-week period by Sesame CCSA and CCSE qualified personnel with assistance, advice and support from Getech, a Check Point authorised Value Added Solution Provider.