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  1. 1. Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server Customer Solution Case Study Nonprofit Association Gains Robust Security and Lowers Operating Costs Overview “The great thing about the Network Engines Firewall United States Nonprofit Appliance is that the Application-Level Filtering in ISA Server 2004 provides deeper inspection of United Way of Connecticut supports the applications than a lot of other firewalls.” state’s 24 independent United Ways and Paul Zocco, Vice President of Information Systems, United Way of Connecticut manages the statewide help-by-telephone service, 2-1-1 Infoline, which assists United Way of Connecticut is an association that supports anyone looking for health and human services anywhere in Connecticut. Connecticut’s 24 independent United Ways in their work to improve life in their communities. As part of that support, the statewide The association was upgrading its network association maintains Web sites that provide access to critical infrastructure and needed a new security resources and volunteer opportunities. It needed to provide open solution to replace its deteriorating firewall, which was obstructing Internet traffic and access to the public and still safeguard its internal systems from e-mail. Internet security threats. To achieve that, United Way of Connecticut implemented the Network Engines NS6300 Firewall The organization deployed Network Appliance powered by Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration Engines NS6300 Firewall Appliance powered by Microsoft® Internet Security Server 2004. This solution delivers a full set of ISA Server 2004 and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2004 as a security features on a firewall appliance that is easy to set up, perimeter firewall to safeguard its network and support open access to its Web sites. manage, and maintain. Robust firewall protection Quick installation Lower operating costs
  2. 2. “I expect the automatic Situation by Microsoft ISA Server 2004. The group United Way of Connecticut— association the installed the NS6300 as a perimeter firewall update feature to lower for Connecticut’s 24 independent United in August 2004. our operating costs, Ways— supports the local organizations by managing the statewide help-by-telephone “We put the Network Engines beta product to because it’s a great service, 2-1-1 Infoline, and maintaining Web work the day they delivered it because our time saver for our IT sites that provide access to critical resources old firewall was deteriorating rapidly,” says and volunteer opportunities. The challenge is Zocco. Using the unique Network Engines department.” to maintain open avenues to its Web sites Web Server (NEWSTM) interface, United Way Paul Zocco, Vice President of Information while safeguarding its essential communica- was able to set up the appliance in a few Systems, United Way of Connecticut tions and networking applications from hours and keep it updated automatically. Internet security threats. Benefits As the organization embarked on an infra- The NS6300 Firewall Appliance powered by structure upgrade in 2004, its existing fire- ISA Server 2004, helps safeguard the United wall software was declining. “People were Way of Connecticut network, supports open having a lot of difficulty getting on the Inter- access to its Web sites, and saves IT time, to net, and e-mail was becoming unreliable for help lower operating costs. some employees,” says Paul Zocco, Vice President of Information Systems for United Robust Firewall Protection Way of Connecticut. “The maintenance costs United Way of Connecticut chose the NS6300 alone on the old firewall approached the because it integrates the full feature set of prices of new firewall appliances that were ISA Server 2004 into an easy-to-manage ap- complete, better hardened solutions.” pliance. “The great thing about the Network Engines Firewall Appliance is that the Applica- United Way of Connecticut decided to replace tion-Level Filtering in ISA Server 2004 its firewall with an advanced firewall that provides deeper inspection of applications provided application-layer security, quick than a lot of other firewalls,” Zocco says. setup, and required minimal maintenance. Quick Installation Solution A big plus is that the NS6300 is ready to go United Way’s first choice was Microsoft® out of the box, with minimal configuration. Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) “The NS6300 took less than an hour to Server 2004. When the organization’s IT install, and another three hours to configure team began to evaluate ISA Server 2004, and test, so we had it up and running the which is part of Windows Server SystemTM same day,” says Zocco. integrated server software, they discovered that the software was also available in an Lower Operating Costs appliance form factor from several original United Way of Connecticut supports its infra- equipment manufacturers. Anxious to replace structure and 150 users with just four IT the organization’s rapidly declining firewall, staff, so the time saved in setup, manage- Zocco, signed up to beta-test the Network ment, and maintenance with the NS6300 Engines NS6300 Firewall Appliance powered pays big dividends. As part of its automatic
  3. 3. For More Information update service, Network Engines trouble- For more information about Microsoft shoots and tests upgrades of all software products and services, call the Microsoft components included in the appliance so the Sales Information Center at (800) 426- United Way administrator only has to apply 9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft one update. “I expect the automatic update Canada Information Centre at (877) 568- feature to lower our operating costs, because 2495. Customers who are deaf or hard-of- it’s a great time saver for our IT department,” hearing can reach Microsoft text telephone Zocco says. (TTY/TDD) services at (800) 892-5234 in Microsoft Windows Server System the United States or (905) 568-9641 in Microsoft Windows Server System integrated Canada. Outside the 50 United States and server infrastructure software is designed to Canada, please contact your local support end-to-end solutions built on Microsoft subsidiary. To access information Windows ServerTM 2003. It creates an using the World Wide Web, go to: infrastructure based on integrated www.microsoft.com innovation, Microsoft’s holistic approach to building products and solutions that are For more information about Network intrinsically designed to work together and Engines products and services, call (877) interact seamlessly with other data and 638-9323 or visit the Web site at: applications across your IT environment. This www.networkengines.com helps you reduce the costs of ongoing operations, deliver a more secure and For more information about United Way of reliable IT infrastructure, and drive valuable Connecticut services, call (860) 571-7536 new capabilities for the future growth of your or visit the Web site at: business. www.ctunitedway.org. For more information on 2-1-1, visit www.211.org. For more information about Windows Server System, go to: www.microsoft.com/ windowsserversystem Software and Services Hardware Microsoft Windows Server System Network Engines NS6300 Firewall − Microsoft Internet Security and Appliance Acceleration Server 2004 Partners Network Engines © 2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This case study is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. Microsoft, Windows, the Windows logo, Windows Server, and Windows Server System are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Document published November, 2004

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