One of the world’s largest medical diagnostics companies, this business provides laboratory and radiology services to medical practitioners, hospitals, community health services, and their patients. It currently employs more than 20,000 employees in its operations around the world.
With continued growth derived through global mergers and acquisitions, the company realized that many of its newly acquired companies were working with disparate security infrastructures, often including old or even nonexistent firewall technology. With Check Point, it is able to:
Check Point appliances provide robust, cost-effective protection
The company standardized on Check Point appliances to provide robust and highly scalable network security throughout its globally dispersed network. The appliances serve as core firewalls, as well as the company’s main interface and border into its partner hospitals, which can have upwards of a 1000 devices that connect into the company’s radiology imaging and pathology infrastructure with real-time patient care communication. “The Check Point 4200 appliances deliver exceptional stability, security, and price performance in an extensible package that can grow with us over time.” Additionally, the company connects its medical equipment located throughout its laboratories to the network. These devices run on both Microsoft and Linux operating systems and as a result, just like any PC, are susceptible malware and other threats. To ensure the security of the corporate network, the company leverages Check Point UTM-1 Edge devices at each laboratory location.
Software Blade Architecture consolidates technologies, improves security
The Check Point Software Blade Architecture gives the company the ability consolidate multiple technologies, such as Firewall, IPS, URL Filtering and more, on a single device and provides it with the ability add new layers of protection as its business needs change and evolve. With more than 50 gateways and over 20 million events per day, technologies such as the Check Point Identity Awareness and SmartEvent Software Blades are critical in helping the company pinpoint users and machines when security issues arise. “We’re able to look at events, easily find out who the user is, and determine if further investigation is required. This saves us a couple hours a day by having the ability to make informed decisions upfront.” In addition the company has begun using the Check Point URL Filtering Software Blade at one of its branch locations which has entirely replaced the need for its expensive and cumbersome proxy server. With this success, the company now plans to roll out the solution across its global infrastructure.
Centralized management simplifies administration
To manage its large distributed Check Point environment, the company leverages the Check Point Multi-domain Security Management solution with SmartEvent, SmartView Tracker, and SmartWorkflow Software Blades. Together, the management solution provides the company with a complete view into its network security universe from a single console. “We’re able to manage our entire infrastructure with just two administrators. Having this level of central management keeps our labor costs very low; it’s fantastic!”
Ease of Management