Emirates Group opts for TippingPoint IPS

Emirates Group has installed an intrusion prevention system from TippingPoint to proactively protect its network against spyware, worms, denial of service attacks and other internet threats.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  January 24, 2006

Emirates Group has installed an intrusion prevention system (IPS) from TippingPoint to proactively protect its network against spyware, worms, denial of service attacks and other internet threats. The solution is now protecting the perimeter of Emirates Airline’s network, safeguarding the internet activities and communications of approximately 20,000 IT users within the group. “Aviation security is too critical to rely only on traditional security solutions such as firewalls and anti-virus software,” explained Laserian M. Kelly, manager information security at Emirates Group. “Our industry demands extremely robust precautions to stop hackers and other threats from impacting systems that support services and scheduling. We chose the TippingPoint IPS because it delivers the most comprehensive and preemptive security available without comprising networking performance.” The IPS devices from TippingPoint, which is now a division of 3Com, is designed to prevent a wide range of threats from entering the Emirates Group’s networking infrastructure, which, in addition to Emirates Airline, includes a destination management and leisure division and aviation service providers. The TippingPoint system inspects all incoming traffic allowing only legal traffic to enter the network. Additional TippingPoint devices, located within the network prevent threats at the core. The IPS is updated regularly to protect against new threats through TippingPoint’s digital vaccine real-time inoculation service. “On the morning when a new Microsoft vulnerability was recently announced, we received a digital vaccine security filter that effectively protected our network against subsequent exploits,” explained Kelly. “It is better to apply security proactively rather than reactively, and TippingPoint IPS ensures that we’re protected against the latest threats.”

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