International Organization for Migration in Philippines Upgrades Network Security System With Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance
MANILA, PHILIPPINES--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - The International Organization for
Migration (IOM), the leading intergovernmental organization dedicated to
promoting humane and orderly policies for the movement of persons across
borders, has completed an upgrade of its entire security system using the
Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5520.
A security update was called for because IOM's daily operations in the
Philippines depend on a stable, highly secure network that can enable an
uninterrupted flow of information, with hourly reports being sent to the
head office in Geneva. IOM's Manila operation is the information technology
(IT) hub for the entire organization as well as the human resources center
and accounting core of worldwide operations. The organisation also deployed
Cisco Aironet® wireless access points to provide its employees with
greater mobility within the office.
"With the Manila office being the IT hub of the organization, which has
approximately 5,600 employees deployed in over 100 countries, we cannot
afford viruses and unnecessary traffic to disrupt our operations," said
Arvin Malapo, IT network and security specialist at IOM.
The six newly installed Cisco ASA 5520s will help enable the IOM network to
deploy up to 60 virtual firewalls to support compartmentalized control of
security policies on a departmental level. This virtualization strengthens
security and reduces overall management and support costs while
consolidating multiple security devices into a single appliance.
"We've been using Cisco technology for the past seven years in all our
offices, and we rely on their expertise in providing dependable
communications platforms," Malapo added.
The Cisco ASA 5520 delivers a wide range of security services with
Active/Active high availability and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for
medium-sized enterprise networks in a modular, high-performance appliance.
Using its four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and support for up to 25 VLANs,
businesses can easily deploy these security services into multiple zones
within their network.
"We are seeing many organizations in the Philippines rely heavily on their
network to help ensure smooth business operations. The network is truly the
platform for these companies, and Cisco is committed to providing our
customers with comprehensive solutions that not only protect their IT and
business assets but also optimize IT operations, thus preparing the system
for next-generation applications," said Luichi Robles, country manager of
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