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Bank Puts Money and Time into IT Savings Account

When Jim Hochstatter started working at Ulster Savings Bank in October,

2004, the bank ran two separate networks. One was tied into the Internet

— the other handled most of the bank’s workings.

”The strategy was if it didn’t touch us, the Internet couldn’t hurt

us,” says Hochstatter, vice president of technology at the Kingston,

N.Y.-based bank.

But with customers and employees spending a lot of time waiting in long

lines at Internet kiosks, Hochstatter says the dual network system was

not effective or economical. He says something needed to change quickly,

but he didn’t want to pay for the security expertise to harden Ulster’s

link to the Internet.

Instead, Hochstatter turned to Perimeter Internetworking, Inc., a

Milford, Conn.-based managed security outsourcer. Hochstatter says he

abandoned the bank’s Cisco Pix Firewall, and its Symantic Anti-Virus

software, and tapped into Perimeter’s new security service — Gateway

4.0.

Referred to as Perimeter’s ”Security-in-the-Cloud” solution, the

services replace traditional firewall and IDS monitoring systems with a

network-based service that combines technologies from leading vendors

into one platform.

”For the price of one high-level network engineer, we can have all of

Perimeter’s services,” says Hochstatter. ”If we tried to duplicate what

Perimeter does, we would need three to four engineers and we still

wouldn’t be at the level of security that Perimeter brings to the

table.”

Hochstatter estimates it would cost the bank five to 10 times more

annually to do inhouse what Gateway 4.0 provides.

Brad Miller, CEO of Perimeter Internetworking, says Security in the Cloud

customers buy Internet access from Perimeter and then also receive

security services.

”This is network-based security,” says Miller. ”Rather than having the

security technology at the customer’s premisis, it all happens in the

network before it gets to your door.”

With about 30 percent of network traffic being undesirable, the job of

securing networks has changed, says Greg Young, vice president of

research at Gartner, Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based industry analyst firm.

”As bad traffic increases, the job changes to finding good traffic and

letting it get through — not just stopping the bad traffic,” says

Young.

At a base level, Gateway 4.0 is designed to provide traffic policy

control, intrusion prevention, malware defense, secure email services,

secure access, automated compliance and network services.

”Customers are not losing bandwidth to bad traffic,” says Young.

”Instead of malware coming to their door, it’s dealt with upstream, at

the ‘cloud’.”

Hochstatter says Ulster Savings Bank uses Gateway 4.0 for firewall

protection, general Internet protection and its WebSense product, which

uses employees’ ID numbers to restrict where they are able to go on the

Internet. The service also provides Ulster’s email service, saving the

bank from internal email administration costs. In addition, he says the

bank utilizes Perimeter’s Mail Safe product, which sends secure emails

and the Secure VPN service, which allows field employees to securely gain

access to the network from home.

Clark Easterling, director of product management at NuVox Communications,

Inc., an ISP based in Greenville, S.C., says his company switched to

Perimeter in 2002. Easterling says NuVox formerly ran McAfee anti-virus

software on its PCs, which mainly run Windows 2000. He says about 95

percent of NuVox customers run Windows, and the others are Mac and Linux

users.

NuVox Communications services 16 states and provides Internet services,

local long distance, networking and security services to 42,000 business

customers. When customers purchase Internet services through Nuvox,

Easterling says his company turns to Perimeter for the firewall, as well

as Internet security, enhanced security services, data storage and back

ups, email archiving, desk top anti-virus, secure email and spyware

protection.

”It would cost way too much to manage this alone,” says Easterling.

”Perimeter’s cost outweighs doing it internally.”

Easterling says NuVox’s three-plus years of working with Perimeter has

proven successful.

”They constantly evolve as the nature of the industry has changed,” he

says.

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