VUB/ULB 2017-01-08T21:46:58+00:00

Project Description

VUB/ULB

VUB & ULB chose the IronPort Anti-Spam solution:

Although ULB & VUB chose to go their separate ways in 1969, they share the same IT department. Today these universities have a lot of bandwidth at their service, via Belnet. Soon, it became very obvious that the need of efficient protection was growing. “We had a first line of defense in our router, but it appeared functionally insufficient”, said Paul Raeymaekers, IT manager of VUB & ULB. “Later on, there were firewalls and switches. But the security risks did not decrease, so other, more specific solutions were needed.” SecureLink, since long IT partner for ULB & VUB installed the Cisco ESA (IronPort) C390 solution. “We chose a redundant setup”, said André Scheirlinckx, network manager for ULB & VUB. “One appliance checks the VUB network, the other the ULB environment. At the same time, the two appliances function as each other’s backup. Should one appliance fail, the other one takes over.

The Cisco ESA investment is directly and indirectly a major cost-cutter,” says Paul Raeymaekers. “The anti-virus solution brings about a direct decrease in damage costs of hard drives, reinstallation of applications, etcetera. Indirectly, Cisco ESA constitutes a decrease in lost time for our employees as they aren’t burdened anymore by the tiring triage of spam mails. Now, they can concentrate on their core duties.” At the same time, Cisco ESA, at the least, postpones some additional hardware investments. “The need for extra bandwidth isn’t growing as fast as before.” André Scheirlinckx says. “Our servers are experiencing a lighter load, which takes away the need to not think about expansion in the near future.”

We had a first line of defense in our router, but it appeared functionally insufficient. Later on, there were firewalls and switches. But the security risks did not decrease, so other, more specific solutions were needed. SecureLink, since long IT partner for ULB & VUB installed the Cisco ESA (IronPort) C390 solution. The IronPort investment is directly and indirectly a major cost-cutter.

Paul Raeymaekers, IT manager of VUB & ULB

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