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Financial Express takes intrusion prevention technology from Radware

Radware : 10 September, 2009  (Application Story)
Radware has supplied UK Fund Data distributor with intrusion detection and application acceleration technology for improved web application performance and security
Radware has announced that Financial Express, the largest distributor of fund data in the UK, has successfully completed the deployment of a new generation of Radware network and application security devices to protect two UK data centres.

Financial Express has successfully installed Radware DefensePro appliances to complement its existing Radware application delivery systems. With growing demand for web-based fund analysis services Financial Express needed high throughput real-time intrusion prevention and DoS protection to guarantee continued high availability and secure service provision to its customers.

Financial Express traffic had doubled over the past two years, from 8Mb/s to 16 Mb/s and is increasing. It was essential that the company continue to achieve a high level of security without adding latency to client requests.

Having had a positive experience with Radware application delivery appliances in the past, DefensePro was included in a full evaluation in a simulated environment against its direct competitors. Against a wide range of simulated attacks DefensePro delivered.

"DefensePro worked as promised, it was able to successfully block all the simulated attacks. It passed all of the tests." says Michael Paul, head of IT operations for Financial Express, "None of the competition that we evaluated delivered the same features, or comparable throughput, at the same price point."

The ability to perform intrusion prevention on all inbound traffic and configure custom signatures to work in conjunction with DefensePro's behavioural analysis, which defends against zero minute attacks, were key considerations for security.

"With DefensePro we can perform maintenance work including configuration changes on a live device that inspects traffic for attacks risking traffic loss," Paul says. "This is achieved thanks to a built-in bypass functionality (fail-open) that assures uninterrupted traffic through the device even under maintenance or when device reboots."

Radware worked closely with Financial Express throughout the testing and deployment of all the company's Radware devices, Paul comments, "There were occasions where we needed support with detailed configuration, when we did, Radware took a personal approach and got involved with the issue until it was solved. This gives me great confidence to carry on the business relationship."

"Extensive testing demonstrated that Radware DefensePro can deliver the security that Financial Express need, with no compromise on the speed and level of service that they deliver for their customers now, or as traffic rises," said Rani Kreiner, Account Manager Scotland & Ireland, Radware. "I am delighted that once more the combination of our technology and support have won the trust of Financial Express for their mission critical web services."

Financial Express is the largest distributor of fund data in the UK, and is the main or sole supplier of data to many UK fund management companies. Its data is also distributed to the leading data vendors, including Thomson Financial, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Telekurs. Financial Express also provides data to the UK's leading fund supermarkets, wrap platforms, product providers, financial advisers and networks, software houses, financial portals and investors.
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