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Unified Threat Management for European Safety Systems

ESoft : 26 May, 2009  (Application Story)
InstaGate from eSoft is providing data protection for E2S with anti-virus software, firewall and network security
E2S, a company also known as European Safety Systems, has grown dramatically since its formation in 1992 and is now the world's leading, independent signalling manufacturer. Specialising in high performance electronic sounders, intelligent voice annunciators and flash alarms for industrial, heavy duty, marine and hazardous environments, E2S's wide range of intrinsically safe and explosion proof units are designed and manufactured at its West London offices and production facility.

European installations of E2S products include: AGFA Gevaert - chemical plant, Belgium; Nexen Petroleum UK - Buzzard Facility - North Sea; Bosch Telecom - Bayer AG Chemical ind. Koln Germany and USAF (United States Air Force), Lakenheath UK, to name but a few.

E2S's vision for its IT system - including its network security - is to construct an effective and reliable configuration requiring minimal maintenance, without compromising on performance or security. The system also needs to have the flexibility to grow with the company whilst providing all E2S employees with the right tools to enable them to function efficiently.

Brett Isard, Operations Director at E2S, commented: "In terms of network security, the original challenge was to obtain a UTM device that would solve all our security requirements and address our primary concerns of reliability, effectiveness, administration and scalability."

In addition, E2S's key applications of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) - which maintain information vital for the business - had to be secured while still being accessible to the remote sales force.

The first security solution purchased by E2S was the original TEAM Internet box. The company then progressed to eSoft's InstaGate EX2 Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance in 2001, the InstaGate PRO in 2005 and finally the InstaGate 806 in 2007.

Isard's current eSoft UTM device, the InstaGate 806, includes gateway (at the network entry point) anti-virus, anti-spam, intrusion prevention, firewall, web filtering and a VPN (Virtual Private Network for secure remote connection). Having all these applications in one box attracted Isard to the device, compared to the alternative of numerous separately configured servers and software solutions.

When asked about the unique aspects of eSoft's security solution, Isard said: "The automatic method of distribution for the SoftPak and base system updates is unique and results in minimal administration. Also, the ThreatMonitor screen provides all the information we need concerning network security in one place."

Detailed reporting and statistics yielded by eSoft's ThreatMonitor helps organisations, such as E2S, to understand its email patterns, its network health, and to identify potential risks on a continuous basis.

The SoftPak Director, meanwhile, is a patented eSoft invention that makes a la carte customisation of content security subscriptions and other maintenance processes a simple, one-step process that eliminates the need for license keys and manual involvement.

Business benefits experienced by E2S since the installation of the eSoft solutions include being able to concentrate on the company's core business without constantly having to worry about network security and other networking issues. Isard stated: "Although we have upgraded to the latest eSoft products as they have become available over the years, they have been seamless transitions and therefore we have been able to grow the business and increase the number of personnel without having to constantly evaluate and implement new network security solutions at every stage." He continued: "The InstaGate devices have enabled E2S employees, both internal and remote, to work efficiently without experiencing unreliability or security issues that can waste so much of the end users time. The organisation has benefited as a whole as we have managed to keep our IT administration to an absolute minimum without compromising on functionality."

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