The Intrepid Group, Inc.

Out of the Box Security

As an IT manager, it is essential when making a network purchasing decision that the solution you chose is consistently supported. With technology changing so rapidly, frequent updates and upgrades are vital to optimize the functionality of the system for years to come. When Brett Hoopingarner, vice president of information technology for the Intrepid Group, found his current Internet solution was no longer being supported by the vendor, he turned to Guardian Digital.

The Intrepid Group is a warehouse and fulfillment organization for small publishers. Founded in 1979, the Intrepid Group's staff of 30 employees provides a wide variety of services from storing to order processing and shipment of books for publishers. Lacking a familiarity with Linux, the company was drawn to Guardian Digital because of its out-of-the-box security and functionality. "We have only one IT administrator on staff here. It is really up to me to handle the analysis, implementation, and maintenance of all computer-related hardware so I wanted an Internet solution that I could easily set-up and maintain--Guardian Digital proposed a solid solution for this," said Hoopingarner.

The Demand of Internet & Email Security

Relying Internet email for a good deal of their business communications, the Intrepid Group also required a myriad of email features including email alias routing, secure user access control, spam filtering, and attachment virus scanning. "We rely on email for everything from inter-office correspondence to product orders so if our email were not available we would be at an incredible competitive disadvantage. As a result, I am concerned about Internet and email threats on a daily basis. Having a system that would provide me superior protection from those evolving threats is critical," said Hoopingarner.

The Guardian Digital Solution

After analyzing the Intrepid Group's network and needs, Guardian Digital recommended the company use its 1050 Linux Lockbox configured with Internet Productivity Suite. Guardian Digital Internet Productivity Suite is a small business Internet productivity and security solution designed to provide organizations with enterprise-grade, feature-rich applications at a cost-effective price. Including everything from full service web and email services to spam and virus protection, intrusion detection, proxy caching and secure VPN capabilities, the Internet Productivity Suite is an ideal choice for budget-conscious organizations who are serious about the security and functionality of their corporate networks. The networked infrastructure of Intrepid Group-a LAN with a single file server, Internet appliance, and 10 workstations which are utilized mainly for order processing and general office use Guardian Digital IPS was an ideal solution.

While using E-soft's Team Internet appliance previously, the Intrepid Group had noticed a severe lapse in functionality due to the volume of spam being received. The powerful spam protection offered by the Internet Productivity Suite became an especially attractive feature to the company. "Our old server was completely crippled with the influx of spam and simply could not provide the functionality we required. Having an Internet server that provides the kind of spam and virus protection the IPS does exactly what we need," said Hoopingarner.

No Competition

Although initially considering several other alternatives, Intrepid Group handily chose Guardian Digital. "Guardian Digital by far offered the best combination of features, pricing and customization to meet our specific needs so it was an easy decision. They worked with us to customize the appliance and the applications to our requirements in order to provide us with the out-of-the-box security we needed," says Hoopingarner. Further, Guardian Digital's comprehensive support service offerings sealed the deal. "Due to our lack of Linux experience, I needed a solution that would provide me with quality technical support if any issues should arise. The Guardian Digital technical support team is extremely diligent and most importantly, they immediately put me at ease when resolving issues," concluded Hoopingarner.


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