District makes choice after evaluation determines ESET Anti-Virus speedier, more efficient
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – In the age of shrinking budgets and aging computers, school districts are forced to start thinking outside the box maintain their network security. “A locked-down and well-managed desktop PC can be over 40% less expensive to maintain than an unmanaged one that fails often and only last a few years,” explained Craig Smith of BorderLAN, a nationwide network security provider. “With 70,000 unique pieces of malware variants being identified daily, you need the best anti-virus software you can find.”
The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) – the state’s ninth-largest K-12 district, including 14 schools, more than 9,000 students and 1,200 employees – understood. After conducting an independent case study of available Anti-Virus programs, it selected ESET as its exclusive AV system.
Said Scott Crothers, district network engineer, “Most AV systems these days have lost their way and become huge bloat software that does very little, uses more than it should and does not do the primary job it was designed for. We used many of the popular AV’s in the past but now we needed one that had two simple requirements: fast boot time and low footprint on local resources.”
A WDMCS team launched an evaluation of the three biggest names in anti-virus software … and just before conducting its tests was introduced to ESET by BorderLAN Network Security.
Identical personal computers were formatted and each loaded with a different AV program. The team timed regular boot cycles, and evaluate boot resources, along with ongoing local resources to gauge the impact of each installation. The winner was ESET — with a noticeable 45 seconds faster boot.
“Boot speed was important, but only part of the equation,” Crothers said. “The next test evaluated the resource usage of the AV systems in background / standby mode and in scan mode. Hands down, ESET not only used half of the resources of its competition, but also completed the scans faster.”
Scan technology was also an important factor in the WDMCS case study. “We found ESET to be very proactive in its signature update process for known threats,” said Crothers. “Moreover, ESET’s heuristics-based scan engine was able to identify threat variants that have morphed from their original known threat signatures. Given the dynamic nature of modern viruses, trojans, spyware, and malware in general, ESET’s effective capability to combat zero-day threats made for a clear decision.”
Crothers continued, “Prior to ESET, the AV bloatware we were using was causing delays in the classroom and even caused slower application performance due to low resources. We feel we have extended the life of our PCs by using ESET.”
“We needed something simple, fast and affordable and BorderLAN delivered. ESET and BorderLAN exceeded our requirements and impressed us further with technical support and helpfulness.”
About BorderLAN Inc.
BorderLAN is a California-based nationwide provider of innovative and budget-friendly software, specializing in hassle-free network security solutions for IT and compliance needs as well as deployment assistance. BorderLAN clients include thousands of schools, businesses and government offices.
Security on an international level: Ameropa protects its global business with gateProtect
The Swiss company Ameropa AG was founded in 1948 and trades on an international basis. It currently manages the business of 22 Sectors located throughout the world from its headquarters in Binningen near Basel and is steadily expanding on all continents. Ameropa AG, which is not stockmarket listed, sees organic growth as instrumental in achieving this. Its core business is global trade in cereals and artificial fertilisers and also in petrochemicals and metals. Around 2,300 people work for the company, many of them in the field.
At the Ameropa headquarters in Binningen in Switzerland, administration of IT security is outsourced to the German service provider Computer Löwe. „In 2003, we put out 2 calls for tenders: for the replacement of the SonicWALL solution and an upgrade of the security infrastructure at Ameropa‘s international locations. In a direct comparison between SonicWALL and gateProtect, the Hamburg supplier clearly came out on top,“ says Markus Keller, Managing Director of Computer Löwe„This was mainly because the gateProtect firewall is so easy to operate, but also because SonicWALL were unable to offer German-speaking support.“ The intuitive and process-oriented front-end to the gateProtect administration client, the ergonomic Graphic User Interface (eGUI®), is the reason why it is so easy to operate.
The project has grown steadily over the last five years. Two gateProtect GPA 400 solutions have been implemented at Ameropa headquarters and guarantee high availability and failure safety. The foreign branches have acquired four GPA 250 and four GPO 125 solutions, which can be maintained remotely; however, the administrator can also make changes to the configuration locally, as required.
As operation has been trouble-free, the gateProtect implementation is being steadily extended. For example, there are plans to deploy more gateProtect solutions at the locations in the UK, Brazil and the Czech Republic. The existing Cisco VPN solution is also set to be replaced by the equivalent gateProtect product.
Counting on Security
When you’re one of the fastest growing counties in the state – and even in the country – it’s imperative that you promise your residents the best, most reliable and secure processing of their precious information.That’s why Chisago County of Minnesota chose Zix Corporation (ZixCorp) to provide an email encryption solution to safeguard against identity theft.
“We wanted an encrypted email solution that was simple, easy and effective,” said Jon Eckel, Chisago County’s Director of Management of Information and Communications Systems. “That is exactly what we found in the ZixCorp service.”
Chisago County, known for its great natural beauty and recreational opportunities, is one of the top population growth centers in Minnesota and in the top 100 in the United States.
Eckel says the county quickly recognized the need to upgrade its email security in order to protect private data of both its citizens and businesses. With a growing and valid concern about identity theft, it only made sense to implement an email encryption solution that could secure sensitive data.
“Prior to ZixCorp Email Encryption Services, there was absolutely no use of email allowed for anything remotely confidential,” said Eckel. “Now we can exchange information via email easily and securely.”
For Chisago County, the fact that ZixCorp is a top choice for government agencies at all levels was the number one selling point. “Because their email encryption service is so widely used by federal and state government agencies, as well as other counties, it made us feel comfortable that we were doing the right thing by implementing the ZixCorp solution,” said Eckel. “When you’re exchanging email containing highly confidential information, you want to make sure you’re working with a solution you can trust.”
Augusta County is located 100 miles west of Richmond in the central part of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Augusta County Public Schools (ACPS) has 21 schools including five high schools, four middle schools, and twelve elementary schools. There are approximately 1,750 staff and 11,000 students operating on over 4,000 workstations and over 80 servers.
Reduced IT Support Requests by Over 60%
The technicians first implemented Deep Freeze across their entire district six years ago, leading to a 60% reduction in daily IT requests. Deep Freeze helps eliminate workstation damage and downtime by making computer configurations indestructible. Once Deep Freeze is installed on a workstation or server, any changes made to the computer are automatically erased upon a simple restart.
Fulfill HIPAA and FERPA Compliance
“Faronics Anti-Virus, Anti-Executable and Deep Freeze help keep all our data safe and mitigate liabilities and risks of lawsuits from parents and students in the event that their data is lost or stolen,” said Amos. “When we submit our required documentation to the State and Federal government, we outline the three solutions as proactive ways we
keep our staff and student data secure.”
Faronics Anti-Virus and Anti-Executable are particularly helpful in protecting data from exposure and loss to malicious third parties therefore helping ACPS comply with regulations and avoid embarrassing and costly security breaches. With a complete layered security strategy in place, the district can now rest assured data is protected, computers are up and running without interruption, and staff and students can continue to do their jobs productively. Moreover, IT has reduced costs, decreased the number of IT requests, and become more proactive in handling critical projects instead of reactively fighting fires.
Kentucky Retirement Systems proactive in its approach to email encryption.
When you offer both health insurance and retirement related financial services to more than 300,000 members, ensuring their personal information is protected is the highest priority.
Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) takes this goal very seriously. It has put in place rigorous data protection policies at all levels of operation.
– Mike Burnside, Executive Director, Kentucky Retirement Systems
“We are fully committed to securing every member’s personal information,” said Mike Burnside, KRS’ Executive Director. “We’re proactive about protecting this type of data and try to go above and beyond what’s expected. It’s the right thing to do. Our Board of Trustees is also actively involved in ensuring the protection of our members’ information.”
KRS is the public pension system for almost all of Kentucky’s government and public employees, with close to 1,400 employers paying into the
retirement fund. For members who are 65 and older, it’s also a self-funded health insurance entity covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Early need for encrypted email “Early on we identified email as an area that needed to be addressed,” said Mark McChesney, KRS’s Information Security Officer. “People appropriately talk about social networking sites being dangerous in terms of security, but the critical application for us is email because it’s simple to use. Email is the way people communicate, and it’s an easy way to inadvertently expose data. There’s lots of opportunity for bad things to happen with unsecured email. Email is certainly something you should be encrypting.”
KRS carefully researched email encryption solutions and chose Zix Corporation (ZixCorp). “Probably one of the most significant changes and improvements
in our infrastructure has been the addition of the secure email solution,” McChesney said. “The biggest point of exposure we’ve had, whether it has “We are fully committed to securing every member’s personal information.”
Faronics Deep Freeze and Anti-Executable and the Los Angeles Police Department
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the third largest local law enforcement agency in the United States, after the New York City Police Department and the Chicago Police Department.With just under 10,000 officers and more than 3,000 civilian staff, covering an area of 498 square miles (1,290 km2) containing a population of more than 3.8 million people, it is one of the most innovative and recognizable law enforcement agencies in the world.
The LAPD patrol cars are set up with Mobile Data Computers (MDCs). There are currently 2053 patrol cars equipped with MDCs that run Windows XP. The MDCs provide access to a critical application called CAD (computer aided dispatch), which is used to connect the patrol officer with the 911 operators. CAD is a missioncritical system that needs to be up and running at all times to ensure uninterrupted connection for the patrol officers in the field. The LAPD relies on the 24×7 reliability of the MDCs to do their jobs.
Because cars are shared amongst officers, it is critical for the department to have MDCs perform consistently for every shift. The department was looking for ways to lock down the MDCs to prevent officers from downloading applications or making configuration changes to the operating system, which could cause degraded system performance and impact the integrity of the application. Another issue was ensuring officers are not distracted by unnecessary applications running on the MDCs.
The LAPD decided to deploy Faronics Deep Freeze, an instant system restore solution that restores the MDC to its original configuration with a simple restart. To lock down computers and ensure officers focus on their patrol duties only, the LAPD implemented Faronics Anti-Executable. As a security solution, Anti-Executable allows the LAPD to restrict any unauthorized applications and malicious executable files from installing and running on the MDCs. Using a whitelisting approach, the LAPD can allow only approved applications to run on the MDCs, thereby ignoring any application that was not approved on their whitelist.
“Deep Freeze and Anti-Executable are crucial to preserving an image determined for mission critical law enforcement systems used 24×7 to ensure reliability and security with minimal downtime and with the least reliance on IT personnel,” says Mr. Datta. “Without these two solutions, we would be getting a lot more problems with the patrol cars and troubleshooting MDCs would be significantly increased.”