Schlumberger completes secure connectivity project for Emirates Bank International

Schlumberger Network Solutions (SNS) has recently completed work on a major infrastructure project for EBI in Dubai. The deployment is intended to provide EBI with the connectivity required for e-banking services, with robust security and availability features.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 28, 2001

Schlumberger Network Solutions (SNS) has recently completed work on a major infrastructure project for Emirates Bank International (EBI) in Dubai. The deployment is intended to provide EBI with the connectivity required for e-banking services, with robust security and availability features. The platform is designed to handle the requirements of EBI, and its third party customers including Mastercard, Visa and Dubai Shopping Festival.

Mohammed Aslam, project manager for EBI, explained the bank’s requirements from the project. “Being a financial organisation security is a prime concern if you are connected to the Internet. Online banking, GSM banking, payment gateways and e-commerce services all need a fully redundant and secure system,” he said. “All precautionary steps have been taken in order to achieve failovers, physical and logical security, and disaster recovery sites.”

The system, which took six months to deploy, and required a team of ten people to complete, includes products from a wide range of vendors. It is based on the Schlumberger Standard Secure Connectivity Centre, (SCC), a standard designed to provide vendor-independent, best of breed solutions for connectivity centres. Remote branches connect into the hub via VPN tunnels, and there is a separate disaster recovery site to give complete failover. The backbone underlying the system enables gigabit speed connectivity for the bank.

Catering for EBI’s third party customers required some extra work, explained John Andrews, account manager on the project for SNS. “These [third party] partners have dedicated access through secure VPN tunnels with rule sets and policies applied to the hub so that they can access only the services, applications and information that they require without crossing over to other partners sensitive information,” he said.

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