Sententia wasted no time in helping new customer Fredon protect against cyber-attacks, responding to the "urgent" need for better defences by moving the client to Check Point Software Technologies in just 10 days.
Fredon, a leading provider of electrical, data, HVAC, physical security and technology services in Australia, wanted to step up its defence against ransomware and halt spam email in its tracks by implementing strong gateway defences to analyse unencrypted and encrypted traffic.
Its outdated Cisco ASA appliance was not up to snuff, with too many spam emails entering the internal network and historic ransomware incidents putting pressure on Fredon's IT team.
After being introduced to the client by Check Point, Sydney-headquartered Sententia recommended a customised solution from the security vendor, including a 5600 firewall and intrusion protection appliance; Smart Reporter and Smart Event SIEM technologies to provide logging, monitoring and alerts for detected malicious activity; and a Check Point Security Management platform to remotely manage gateway appliances from a single point.
With assistance from distributor Arrow ECS, who worked closely with Check Point to expedite the Sententia order, three Sententia Check Point-certified security engineers began deploying the solution within 24 hours of the hardware arriving. Sententia had the full deployment up and running within 10 days of Fredon placing the order on Sententia.
The suppliers "understood the urgency behind the project and expedited their processes to minimise time to deliver", according to Sententia's submission to the CRN Impact Awards.
The project holds Fredon in good stead for mandatory data breach notification laws. In an added bonus, the work came in under budget: Sententia had originally scoped five days of professional services and instead delivered in just two days.
The customer praised Sententia's attention to detail, calling them "a pleasure to work with".
Ruly Sutedja, national information systems manager at Fredon, said: "The project delivered the desired outcome by making sure that we are now 99 percent protected from any known and unknown cyber attacks."
"The project has provided my team with extra productivity by not always monitoring the firewall for any breach and we can rely on the Check Point application to do that continuously for us. This project in the long run will also give us cost savings in terms of mediation cost if an attack occurs," added Sutedja.
"Sententia performed very well with the short timeframe constraint. They worked quickly to get us up and running and also accommodated us with temporary solutions to get us protected sooner."
Fredon was estabished in 1968 and has supported many of Australia's biggest development projects such as Barangaroo, Macquarie Telecoms Intellicentre and the Offices of the NSW Premier and Cabinet.
Sententia is a finalist in the Trusted Systems category at the 2017 CRN Impact Awards. Follow this link for the full list of finalists. The winners will be announced at the Impact Awards dinner during the CRN Pipeline conference in Sydney on 6-7 April.
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