CASE STUDY: Next Generation Firewall Managed Service
Since its start in 2000, NETprotocol has held ‘Gold Partner Certified’ status with some of the world’s leading technology vendors including: HPE, VMWare, Citrix, and Microsoft. Through these vendors, NETprotocol creates tailored IT Consultancy Services which offer long-term scalability, helping many of the UK’s leading law firms, schools and academies to maximize efficiency and improve ROI from an IT budget.
From Fortune 500 companies to SMBs, NETprotocol’s priority has always been to provide a solution which responds to the exact needs of each client and meets the compliancy needs of a highly regulated industry.
Over 70% of NETprotocol’s business is generated from law firms. These high-profile legal clients rely solely on NETprotocol to provide the most resilient, scalable network security solution on the market.
The following three NETprotocol clients are law firms and have implemented the Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall. By utilizing the technology Forcepoint delivers, the different deployment models provide bespoke levels of scalability and resilience. Each client then also gains from the overall security benefits of NETprotocol managing the complexities of their firewall infrastructure for them.
1. Lee and Thomson: www.leeandthompson.com
This 100-user law firm represents many of the world’s most successful musicians, producers, directors and creative talent in addition to television and sports personalities – David Beckham, Robert Plant, the Jimi Hendrix Estate and The Rolling Stones. Corporate clients have included EMI, Sony and Universal.
In order to protect its client’s highly sensitive PII, NETprotocol advised Lee & Thompson to purchase the Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall with Multi-Link technology. With the Stonesoft solution, NETprotocol was able to install a scalable and resilient Multi-Link VPN for site to-site connectivity. If one link is down for any reason, another link is fully functional and an automatic failover is initiated. It’s active-active to use all bandwidth they pay for, and the failover functions have patented features to make the switch to a secondary link completely transparent to the VPN connections. This gave Lee & Thompson the confidence of non-stop security along with high performance for every deployment.
“By implementing the Stonesoft NGFW, Lee & Thompson no longer has the concern that if they lose a connection, they lose their security.” ─ Mark Collins, Senior Security Consultant, NETprotocol.
For Lee & Thompson, security with the Stonesoft NGFW meant providing the resiliency of a Multi-link firewall solution.
2. Jordans Solicitors: www.jordanssolicitors.co.uk
With three sites located in the UK, Jordan’s Solicitors, another 100-user law firm, migrated its entire network to a NETprotocol cloud-hosted application.
“NETprotocol recommended Forcepoint’s technology which they deliver as a managed service. As a result, we now benefit from the advanced level of protection provided by Forcepoint’s Next Generation Firewall, which is fully managed and monitored by Legal IT experts NETprotocol, offering us a fully secure, cost effective and hassle-free solution.” ─ Penny Reddington, Resource Manager, Jordan’s Solicitors.
NETprotocol chose to use standard ADSL but incorporate a policy-based, site-to-site, full-mesh VPN which extends high availability coverage to all network and VPN connections. NETprotocol can manage all of Jordan’s Solicitors’ sites under one instance of centralized management, provided by Forcepoint, in the cloud, allowing for visibility and ease-of-use at all sites.
3. Hempsons: www.hempsons.co.uk
The 400-user, Hempsons law firm operates out of four office locations and advises over 200 organizations in the health, care, charity and life sciences sectors. Hempsons incorporates an active-active clustering feature of the NGFW. For every firewall node in a cluster, up to 16, the cluster becomes more resilient. Each node can be fully utilised in every cluster, to provide superior performance when running demanding security applications.
Currently, NETprotocol has implemented firewalls at each Hempsons branch office with a firewall cluster in each — ensuring a fully resilient network security solution managed by NETprotocol’s team of specialist Firewall Engineers.
“NETprotocol’s effective and daily management of our IT infrastructure has been crucial to business performance and achieving key business objectives including office expansion and network security.” ─ Brett Raymond, Head of IT, Hempsons
Through the managed service provided by NETprotocol, the Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW continues to prove its delivery of a superior, resilient firewall solution:
“Our clients know that we only select best-in-breed products to protect their business. The Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW has proven functionality and a reputation for providing superior protection. The only firewall technology we sell is Forcepoint.” ─ Matt Widdowson, Commercial Director, NETprotocol.
Lee & Thompson, Jordan’s Solicitors and Hempsons demanded a fully resilient network security solution. Protecting high-profile clients was crucial to business and reputation. The Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW has provided a less expensive firewall solution to achieve superior protection and significant performance advantage. Quick, easy, flexible VPN’s between multiple sites – are all centrally managed and deployed by NETprotocol. Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW checks every box for NETprotocol and its clients:
“Our business is all about advising and recommending the right solution for our clients. Forcepoint ticks all the boxes for our legal clients including security, compliance and cost. It’s resilient, it’s secure, and it’s scalable through the range. No other firewall has the ability to do security this well.” ─ Mark Collins, Senior Security Consultant,
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