Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally, today announced that it has been chosen by Phoenix International, a leader in custom steel dies for aluminium components, to upgrade and standardize the IT security infrastructure in all its branch offices worldwide, to protect business data and critical information, improve efficiency and simplify IT security management.
Founded in 1972, the company has built a reputation for delivering customized projects with a rapid turnaround. Working across the industrial, transport, building, automotive and aerospace industries, the company has branches worldwide and to keep ahead of the competition, it relies heavily on IT security to ensure business continuity and to protect the technical and process data that contains the company’s industrial secrets.
Project Informatica, an Italian system integrator, has been the company’s partner for many years. With the integrator’s ICT & Cybersecurity division, a plan was developed to replace Phoenix’s previous IT system for a better performing, centralized and more secure solution.
Stefano Biava, IT Manager for Phoenix International, explains; “Last year we addressed the issue of IT security, both for data and for employee privacy. But we had no consistency in the security solutions being used worldwide, with different branches each using different security brands. This was making our IT security difficult to monitor and maintain holistically. We conducted a vulnerability assessment to understand how to deal with the problem, with our partner Project Informatica.”
The project was made more challenging as Phoenix International was also going through a phase of business growth, opening new branches around the world.
“We analysed the various solutions on the market and we chose Check Point Next Generation Threat Prevention software, not only for its favorable price/performance ratio but also for its easy and efficient centralized management console. We decided to deploy Check Point at our new sites, as well as replacing our old firewalls with Check Point Next Generation Security Gateways,” adds Stefano Biava.
The Next Generation Security Gateway provides multi-layered protection from known, signature-based threats and unknown threats. The solution includes anti-malware and threat prevention software that blocks malicious files before they enter the network, URL filtering software to control access to millions of websites, and anti-bot software to detect bot- infected machines and actively block bot communications.
The solution is managed via a unified security management platform, which provides a single pane of glass to view threats, devices, users and reports across the whole network, in real-time. Thanks to Check Point Next Generation Security Gateway and Project Informatica, managing Phoenix’s security services around the world has been simplified.
“We cut the time we spend on managing security by 80% and, thanks to the simplicity of the Check Point solution, 90% of our daily IT security activities are now automated”, says Stefano Biava. “Not only has business continuity improved with the Check Point solution, but security device configuration is simplified and much faster. Before we deployed Check Point, it took days because we had to go to each device. Now it takes just minutes from a central console at our headquarters”.
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