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Snapshot of the Digitize Success Story
  • In search of a complete small business server

  • Wanted more system control capabilities for policy enforcement

  • Concerned with the security of sensitive data stored on their network

  • Required comprehensive support services & ease of management features

  • Needed mobile users to be able to access their internal network

 

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  Digitize, Inc.

Small business entrepreneurs are always looking for cost-effective business solutions. In a very aggressive market it is necessary to do things cheaper and faster then the competition. Being among so many organizations conducting business on the web, a powerful and secure Internet presence is essential to success.

With Internet attacks continuing to rise, network security is no longer a luxury. Smaller organizations have the same security requirements and productivity requirements as large enterprises but are consumed with limited budgets. Digitize, Inc. is a small but dynamic electronic manufacturing company in New Jersey. With 23 employees, Digitize, like any organization, was concerned about the security and efficiency of their network. As the only IT administrator on staff Harold Westra was interested in finding an easy to use secure way to optimize the productivity of their employees and network. Turning to Guardian Digital for a solution, Westra was introduced to Internet Productivity Suite.

Problem: Control Limitations

Looking to abandon the outdated firewall appliance and older version window based mail server they had in place, Westra began exploring alternatives. "In an effort to increase the efficiency of our network as well as our employees, I wanted to find a system that would give me more control over the company's email and Internet usage. It was also important that we found a product that would supply us with VPN services so that our mobile users could securely access internal information," states Westra.

Customer Requirements

Before choosing products to evaluate, Westra did extensive research on possibilities based on the stringent selection criteria of Digitize. Besides more system control capabilities, security was another necessary factor. Housing sensitive data on their network, the threat of virus and intrusion attacks was a key concern. Engineered to be secure, Internet Productivity Suite virtually eliminates common Internet threats with its multi-layered network defense features. More then just a firewall, Internet Productivity Suite contains intrusion detection, authentication mechanisms, access controls, spam and virus protection to consistently protect the integrity of the network.

"We depend on email and our website tremendously to communicate and provide information to our customers. A compromise of our system would cause a dramatic loss in sales and customers, writes Westra. We really needed to find a rock-solid security system," he continues.

Being solely responsible for system administration and maintenance, Westra needed to chose a system that also included quality support services. Guardian Digital Secure Network (GDSN) is the best way to maintain and continue securing a corporate network. The GDSN is the most proactive means to keep the systems updated while at the same time receiving authoritative advice, information, and additional services from the experts. Providing automatic updates, customized security improvements, rapid response from tech support and many more services, the Guardian Digital Secure Network delivers the comprehensive support services required by Digitize.

Internet Productivity Suite

Guardian Digital Internet Productivity Suite is an all-in-one security and productivity management system. Designed specifically for smaller organizations, such as Digitize, IPS includes all the features necessary to create and maintain a powerful Internet presence. Features include:

  • Core Internet Services Including WEB, DNS & FTP
  • Secure Message Management
  • Network & Host Intrusion Detection
  • Secure Proxy Management
  • Secure Wireless Integration
  • Windows File & Print Services
  • Secure Virtual Private Networking

The Competition

Considering many small business applications including Suse Open Exchange Server and E-Smith, Westra found Internet Productivity Suite to be the most complete, feature rich system available. "Internet Productivity Suite had more features including an auto-back up scheduler, customizable email rules and quality support services of any system we examined. The totality of the system truly impressed me," said Westra.

The Perfect Solution

Possessing everything Digitize needed in a small business server, Internet Productivity Suite was the clear choice. "The benefits we received after implementing the IPS have been numerous. We are now more adept to enforce company policies in regards to email and Internet usage; we can block unknown attachment extension to prevent email born viruses, limit attachment size to protect network and mail server resources and much more. Webmail and VPN services allow our mobile users to access email and other important information from anywhere while system and vulnerability scanning ensures our network remains secure.

Easy Implementation

Running Internet Productivity Suite on a Windows-based system was an easy transition for the 2 server network. "After testing, it took only 1 day to secure IPS on our network, states Westra." Using Internet Productivity Suite for secure messaging and proxy management, Digitize has enjoyed many new features not available on their previous systems. Email rules, spam controls and proxy authentication have proven to be invaluable assets to the company.

Customer Conclusion

Internet Productivity Suite has enhanced the security and productivity at Digitize, Inc. "We were able to receive everything we required without having to purchase costly hardware appliances. With Internet Productivity Suite on our network we can now better enforce company policies, regulate email for security purposes, save time managing spam and allow mobile users to access internal information from outside the LAN," said Westra.

Guardian Digital vulnerability scanning and detailed reports ensure Digitize consistently has the information necessary to keep their network secure. Continuing to providing comprehensive support services has also reinforced their purchasing decision. "We are very satisfied on the level of support we have received. On the day our server went live, response time and eradication of issues could not have been faster," writes Westra.

"Overall, Internet Productivity Suite has addressed all our requirements and then some. With multiple solutions being offered in an all-in-one cost-effective system we are confident our company will realize a strong return on investment in a short amount of time."

 

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