Case Study Leading German IT Provider Reduces Security Risks for BanksLine of Business: Fiducia optimizes firewall operations and improves riskIT service provider to mitigation, compliance and quality of service for customers.financial organizations AlgoSec Business Impact:Location: Automated auditing of firewalls to meet stringent compliance requirementsKarlshuhe, Germany Reduced firewall change management time by half while increasing accuracy Improved quality of service for customers through closer collaboration and higher levelsOrganization Size: of security2800 EmployeesAlgoSec Solutions: Background With 45 years of experience in the banking sector, the Fiducia Group is one of the top ten IT providersAlgoSec Firewall Analyzer for financial organizations in Germany. Today, Fiducia manages the IT networks of nearly 800 banks,AlgoSec FireFlow constituting more than 100,000 PC workstations, 6,600 servers and 25,000 self-service banking terminals. Responsible for ensuring the smooth and secure processing of more than 16 billion transactions per yearFiducia.com for its customers, Fiducia’s risk mitigation and regulation compliance strategies are of utmost importance. Challenge To protect its customer networks, Fiducia implemented a number of technology solutions, including 60 Check Point and 20 Juniper Firewall clusters. But managing multiple firewalls in a multi-vendor environment proved challenging. “Performing vulnerability assessments of such large and complex firewall environments was extremely time consuming, labor intensive and prone to human error,” says Lutz Bleyer, Fiducia’s Chief Information Security Officer. With multiple stakeholders from its client organizations influencing network traffic, Fiducia also required a structured change management process to prevent firewall policies from growing unmanageable and creating security holes. “We needed a proven firewall management and workflow solution that would eliminate potential security risks while providing us with complete visibility into our customer networks, anytime, anywhere,” says Bleyer. Solution To optimize its security, compliance and change management processes, Fiducia chose to work with AlgoSec. “We selected AlgoSec because it provided the most comprehensive, intelligent automation solutions for our firewall operations, helping us increase efficiency while improving risk mitigation and compliance,” says Bleyer. Today, AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer has simplified the management and vulnerability assessment of firewall rules and security policies across Fiducia’s 800 customer networks. The solution’s topology-aware technology provides Fiducia with complete visibility into the security landscape of its customer networks. “This type of in-depth visibility enables us to easily create a hierarchy profile and establish a competency base line of operations for each network’s firewalls, even when multiple vendor technologies are involved,” says Bleyer. Querying across multiple platforms, Fiducia is now able to avoid the introduction of unnecessary and potentially risky changes.