Enterasys Secure Networks Protects Vital Data of Germany’s Largest Health Insurance Company
ANDOVER, MA-- March 20, 2006--Enterasys Networks®, the Secure Networks CompanyTM, today announced that BARMER, the largest health insurance company in Germany, has deployed Enterasys’ industry-leading Secure NetworksTM infrastructure to cost-effectively protect the company’s critical voice and data assets from security threats while interoperating seamlessly with its Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) infrastructure.
For more than 70 years, BARMER has earned the prestigious ranking as Germany’s top health insurance company. The firm provides coverage for more than 7 million people and maintains business relationships with some 586,000 companies, 187,000 doctors, 2,100 hospitals and 22,000 pharmacies.
“We pride ourselves on identifying and implementing the most comprehensive and cost-effective ways to address our business needs,” said Stephan Bühring, CIO of BARMER. “We set extremely high standards in terms of security, because of the critical health and financial customer data that is carried on our network on a daily basis. Our move to VoIP and a unified voice/data infrastructure required us to look hard at all of our vendors to find the right mix of performance and security. After a comprehensive evaluation process, Enterasys was obviously the provider best suited to meet our needs. It is especially impressive that Secure Networks solutions provide high levels of granular control and network integrity over an infrastructure that is a mix of products from multiple vendors.”
Initially using VoIP at its branch offices, BARMER quickly realized the cost benefits and began integrating IP phones on its existing network. While continuous availability and quality of service are important across all locations, they are paramount at the company’s headquarters. BARMER conducted an extremely competitive RFP process and Enterasys emerged the vendor of choice to provide the required security and performance for the company’s new, converged infrastructure.
Products deployed by BARMER include 17 Enterasys MatrixTM N7 and six Matrix N3 switches delivering 10/100/1000 and 10-Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and NetSightTM Automated Security Manager software. The Matrix N-Series’ distributed, flow-based architecture enables BARMER to identify, authenticate and manage its individual users, applications or devices regardless of their location on the network.
“Convergence applications such as VoIP and the infrastructures needed to support them are experiencing unprecedented growth,” said John Roese, chief technology officer for Enterasys Networks. “In a time of escalating security threats and vulnerabilities, organizations must perform extensive due diligence on the vendors they select to defend this new infrastructure--since even a single attack can decimate enterprise communications. Enterasys Secure Networks solutions provide BARMER and our growing base of enterprise customers with a unique blend of a holistic perspective, unmatched control and complete protection throughout the network, even if the network is a heterogeneous mix of products and technologies. No other vendor offers these capabilities while also fully leveraging existing technology investments.”
The Enterasys Secure Networks Advantage
Enterasys’ industry-leading Secure Networks products and solutions provide the industry’s most comprehensive embedded infrastructure security available today. Secure Networks delivers granular policy-based security, providing visibility and control down to the network device, individual user and application level, which enables network managers to quickly and easily detect, assess, locate and protect against attacks. This unmatched security comes from the integrated policy-based management software architecture that works with the embedded security capabilities Enterasys designs into its entire product line. Enterasys’ unique architectural approach offers significant operational and business benefits, unmatched by vendors that add hardware or software to multiple network access points in an attempt to increase security. In fact, Secure Networks technology can even make networks with competitors’ equipment more secure.
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