“In co-operation with Forte, we have been able to build a unified and centrally managed data communications environment for the Algol corporation.”
ARTO PETERZENS / CIO / ALGOL LTD
Algol, established in 1894, is a Finnish multi-branch industrial and pharmaceutical supplier specialising in technical trade in its home markets in Finland, the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia and Ukraine. Total annual sales for the Group are approximately 200 million euros.
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Algol - Managed Security Services
"Forte's services work superbly and the level of the company's technological competence is high. Services have also been quick to implement." ARTO PETERZENS / CIO / ALGOL LTD
THE CHALLENGE: UNIFIED AND SAFE TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE CORPORATION
Algol, a Finnish multi-branch industrial and pharmaceutical supplier specialising in technical trade, operates in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Baltic states, Russia and the Ukraine, as well as in Finland. The company’s challenge was to integrate all the international offices into the corporation’s network by using one secure data communications solution, thus creating a homogeneous communications network for the corporation.
At the same time, the aim was to implement centralised and unified management and monitoring of data communications. A particular challenge for Algol was presented by Russia and the Ukraine, where there was the greatest needs to reorganise the security solutions.
Algol also wanted to ensure that security would constantly remain at a high level. The company was looking for a partner whose core competence is to keep up continuously with developing security technology. From Algol’s point of view, it was also important to build a unified model, one that could be used quickly and easily to integrate any newly acquired company into the corporation with the use of one data communications solution.
THE SOLUTION: IP/VPN ACCESS AND FIREWALL SOLUTION AS A MANAGED SERVICE
Algol chose Forte as their provider of IP/VPN access and centralised firewall solution. Forte delivers the solutions as a highly productised managed service. The service provided by Forte also includes the antispam and mail protection,secure remote access, and the analysis of data communications. Algol and Forte also defined an security policy for the entire corporation, standardising Algol’s information security practices and procedures.
"Telecommunications and security technology development is very fast. There is no reason for Algol's IT department to put so much emphasis on such highly specific IT knowledge, because we can acquire it as a managed service from the experts in the field. In this way, we ensure that our information security continues to develop and remains at a high level," says Arto Peterzens, CIO, Algol Ltd.
THE BENEFITS: COST SAVINGS AND A HIGH LEVEL OF INFORMATION SECURITY
“In co-operation with Forte, we have been able to build a unified and centrally managed data communications environment for the Algol corporation. The homogeneity and manageability of the environment ensures that information security remains constantly at a high level and the environment is stable," says Peterzens.
Centralised management significantly reduces the work load of Algol’s IT department and creates cost savings. It also makes tender between local operators in different countries possible. The reorganisation of information security on the Russian and Ukrainian markets - where threats to information security are varied and challenging - was important to Algol. “Now, both Russia and the Ukraine can make use of the corporation’s unified security solution. With the help of Forte, we were able to solve the challenges efficiently and quickly," says Peterzens.
Forte’s service is also scalable, which ensures the quick integration of acquired companies into the corporation’s network. Communications analysis is also part of Forte’s service, which means that remedial operations can be targeted quickly at the right place.
”Forte’s services work superbly and the level of the company’s technological competence is high. Services have also been quick to implement,” concludes Peterzens.