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The benefits of WatchGuard XTM for distributed enterprises

When South Korean retailer Ministop needed to build a network with centralized connectivity and manageability for seamless communication between its 2,000 retail locations and corporate headquarters, there was only one clear option: WatchGuard.

Ministop, which operates a franchise of convenience stores across South Korea, wanted to ensure that any system it put out was a partnership between the stores and headquarters. Ministop chose WatchGuard’s Extensible Threat Management platform for its Unified Threat Management needs based on several critical factors: price, functionality and performance.

Ministop deployed WatchGuard XTM solutions at its operation headquarters, logistics center, and stores, creating a safe, integrated network environment, while improving work and management efficiency.

Ministop deployed WatchGuard XTM solutions at its operation headquarters, logistics center, and stores, creating a safe, integrated network environment, while improving work and management efficiency.

WatchGuard streamlines operations

After implementing the WatchGuard solution, Ministop now has a centralized security policy management system. When new policies are created, Ministop can immediately apply them across the entire network.

This means that potentially harmful external security threats including Active-X, malicious JavaScript codes and video file downloads can be centrally blocked. Additional steps to mitigate the risk of internal data leakage, which prevents the damage from data loss, have been implemented as well. As a result of increased business efficiencies, Ministop Korea managed to reduce the costs associated with network failures by 30%.

The previous procedure required the monitoring center to be notified of any abnormalities before any action could be taken. Now, WatchGuard’s XTM utilizes real-time monitoring of any changes in internal traffic, this allows for immediate confirmation and response without delay.

Ministop has also seen an improvement in overall network performance, which is inline with recent performance testing of WatchGuard’s UTM solutions.

The full case study that details which WatchGuard XTM solutions Ministop implemented as well as the business results it is seeing can be found here.

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One thought on “The benefits of WatchGuard XTM for distributed enterprises

  1. I’ve found that it’s these highly distributed businesses where the costs of protection can be a significant cost. I’ve found WatchGuard XTM pricing to be more value orientated in total contrast to the performance and useability the devices offer. WatchGuard offer great remote office solutions.

    Posted by David Williams | September 3, 2013, 1:31 am

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