Volante locks up Police Credit Union deal

Volante locks up Police Credit Union deal

Volante Solutions will protect the accounts and transactions of the Queensland Police Credit Union's 36,000 members when it implements a new intrusion-detection system (IDS) from Cisco Systems.

The systems integrator secured the deal to upgrade QPCU's intrusion-detection systems, which previously used packet-sniffing devices, with Cisco's Secure IDS-4210 Sensor product. QPCU provides financial services to over 36,000 people, and requires a secure and manageable platform to protect its members' proprietary information, according to a statement released by Cisco.

The IDS-4210 Sensor appliance detects unauthorised activity by analysing traffic in real time, Cisco said, and can alert network administrators to attacks while providing proactive steps on how to resolve them.

"The Cisco security solution replaced the expensive and high-maintenance security options the credit union previously deployed," said Kip Cole, director of channels at Cisco Australia and New Zealand.

Volante secured the contract after discussions with QPCU on the customer's security needs, according to Steve Horn, a senior systems engineer at Volante. Horne said the IDS module from Cisco will enable the QPCU to aggregate alerts into a meaningful picture of "what is actually going on, on the network" rather than being overwhelmed by the sheer number of alerts that may or may not be serious threats.

QPCU has not traditionally been a Cisco shop and Tony Musgrave, state manager at Volante, said Cisco's Security Architecture has the credit union moving in that direction.

Cisco used the case study in its recent security roadshow which came through Sydney last week. Cole said the roadshow is designed to educate customers across the country on the importance of architecture -- a network design approach to security -- rather than simply deploying point products such as firewalls.

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