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Swisscom IT cuts time spent on firewall management by half with Tufin Securetrack

August 2009 by Marc Jacob

Tufin Technologies, the provider of Security
Lifecycle Management solutions today announced that Swisscom IT Services, one of
Switzerland’s leading IT service providers, has selected its flagship product,
SecureTrack to streamline its firewall operations. Swisscom IT Services core
business covers system integration and the outsourcing of IT services such as
consulting, workplace services, SAP management and E-Solutions. By implementing
Tufin’s award-winning Security Lifecycle Management solution, Swisscom can more
efficiently deliver its customers secure, reliable, uninterrupted access to their
mission-critical applications while implementing the process controls needed for
ongoing operations and to pass rigorous security audits.

"SecureTrack has provided us with such an unprecedented amount of visibility and
control over firewall operations that I just can’t imagine life without it," said
Michel Müller, Senior Network Security Engineer, Swisscom. "We already had tight
processes in place, but the automation SecureTrack introduced provided us with an
overall snapshot of the state of our firewalls that enables us to operate in a much
more agile, proactive, and strategic manner. We accomplish more in less time, with
full confidence that we are operating in a secure, compliant fashion."

Swisscom operates more than 150 firewalls, each containing over a thousand rules.
First and foremost, SecureTrack provides complete visibility into all rule bases
throughout Swisscom’s firewall operations. With SecureTrack’s complete display of
each rule and object, the design team is able to easily check whether a proposed
rule already exists or whether some of its requirements are already covered by other
rules. This eliminates the occurrence of rule ’shadowing’ (rule overlap) and results
in overall improvement of firewall performance. By implementing SecureTrack, the
time required to plan and implement changes was reduced by half, and flawless
configuration of new rules and rule changes was ensured.

"Swisscom IT Services has joined a group of world class service providers that rely
on SecureTrack to help maintain a highly secure and available network without
sacrificing business agility," said Ruvi Kitov, CEO, Tufin Technologies. "Our
customers are always impressed with the immediate and dramatic efficiency gains
SecureTrack provides, but what we find particularly fulfilling is watching them reap
the longer term benefits - such as streamlined processes, increased agility, more
strategic decision-making, and an improved security posture. As the push to
outsource continues, SecureTrack will enable Swisscom’s to scale firewall operations
in a very manageable, controlled, and compliant fashion.

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