The Derbyshire Building Society has selected Nokia to help manage and secure email access and links with business partners at all its high street branches.
The building society brought in Nokia to address security issues with its existing systems, which were based on Windows NT.
Nokia set up a secure gateway for both business partner connectivity and internal access using IP network security appliances running Check Point Firewall-1.
Margaret Goring, operations manager at the Derbyshire, said that setting up a firewall for the firm previously took two days of building and installation time.
"We had to disable everything in NT because it's a weak operating system, and then call in Integralis to install FireWall-1," she said.
"With the Nokia boxes, FireWall-1 is already installed and, as it runs on a cut down version of Unix, it removed the security issues we had with NT."
The original network set-up at the Derbyshire only allowed internet access through a handful of dial-up PCs scattered across the company's sites, but now the organisation can enjoy secure web and email access for all employees across its 53-strong branch network.
"We had a security policy which dictated that internet access could not be allowed on our network in its current state, but now we have even opened up remote access," Goring said.
Nokia has also added functionality to enable direct link-up between the Derbyshire's systems and those of its business partners via leased line, as well as remote access for board managers and IT support workers.
Goring said that the changes were straightforward and did not require an overhaul of internal systems. She added that the IT security team, which helps integrate new security initiatives, had noticed a dramatic reduction in the amount of routine maintenance to be done.
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