As more and more government sectors begin conducting business online, maintaining Internet and network security becomes increasingly challenging. At the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bangalore India, security is a top priority. A highly respected division of the Government of India, ISRO is involved in the exploration of space for national civilian end-use in the application areas of communication and remote sensing. With the organization encompassing thirty different research centers and thousands of end users, computer security is a critical component of daily operations.
Wanted: Secure, Easily Upgradeable Solution
When given the responsibility to develop and implement an information security policy for the organization, Dr. N. Ramani, a Visiting Scientist working with the ISRO HQ, came to Guardian Digital. "I was looking into replacing our mail server software, although it suited our needs in functionality, since the upgrade process was very difficult which relegated us to running an older version of the software. Consistent upgrades are critical to the security of the network and we could no longer handle the daunting maintenance tasks our old system required. In addition, we were very interested in providing remote access to our mail system in a secure manner. To a large extent end-to-end security is addressed by GD out-of-the-box, certainly during the session. Client or end-point security, before and after the session, is outside the scope of GD and there aren't many good solutions available today," says Ramani.
Open Source Wins Out
After evaluating alternative mail solutions from Kerio, Merak, VisNetic, Communigate, and several others, Ramani determined Guardian Digital's Secure Mail Suite offered the most comprehensive solution to meet his organization's specific demands. "While we were happy with Merak, the Windows environment it runs on was of concern to us because of its serious security handicap. The open source model provides a more secure alternative and as a result, we wanted to implement open source solutions wherever possible throughout our network," states Ramani. To suit the open source requirement, ISRO researched solutions from Immunix, SE Linux, and HP. However, the advanced security features, coupled with the secure operating system integration of Guardian Digital's Secure Mail Suite, proved best in addressing their needs.
The Solution: Guardian Digital Enterprise Product Portfolio
Originally looking solely for a secure open source email solution, ISRO was pleased with the industry-leading features, customizability and ease-of-use offered by Guardian Digital and immediately decided to deploy most of Guardian Digital's suite of a host of the company's enterprise products. The Government of India's solution portfolio now includes EnGarde Secure Professional, Secure Mail Suite with spam and virus protection, Internet Acceleration and Management Server, EnGarde WorkGroup Suite & Internet Defense and Detection System. "We wanted to implement Guardian Digital's solutions wherever necessary based on their impressive functionality and ease of management capabilities," said Ramani. "We were losing a lot of our technical staff to local industries so with manpower at a premium, we needed a product that was fully integrated and well supported -- Guardian Digital was the clear winner."
A Bright Future
Having more than 300 users at IRSO headquarters and thousands more at each of ISRO's Centers, the Government of India's partnership with Guardian Digital has provided the flexibility necessary to seamlessly incorporate new locations and users into their existing network. "The scalability and security that we now have with our Guardian Digital solution will make future network integrations of other ISRO centers simple; and I have no doubt that many will embrace this successful solution."
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