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Legal firm Clifford Chance implements software blade to boost security

T.C. Seow | Feb. 6, 2012
Clifford Chance, a leading international law firm, has deployed Check Point software blades to manage and enforce multiple layers of protection with a single, integrated network security solution.

 

Clifford Chance, a leading international law firm, has deployed Check Point R75 software blades to manage and enforce multiple layers of protection with a single, integrated network security solution.

The law firm employs over 3,200 legal advisors, and has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Europe and the U.S. It has large volumes of confidential data flowing through the network daily, and as such, the law firm requires a robust and multi-functional security gateway that protects against emerging security threats, while safeguarding client data and simplifying management.

According to Bill Leung, senior security analyst at Clifford Chance, one of the biggest benefits of deploying the Check Point solution is its easy integration which eliminated the need for separate appliances and disparate management systems.

"We only need one user interface to control multiple security protections across our entire global network," he said. With Check Point R75, the firm is able to take a unified approach to security by quickly deploying the specific software blade protections which are critical to their business, including data loss prevention, application control and intrusion prevention (IPS).

A core element of Clifford Chance's security strategy is data loss prevention. Enforcing effective data loss prevention is essential but instead of deploying a separate point product, the firm integrated Check Point's DLP Software Blade into its existing gateway to reduce hardware expenses by as much as 50 percent, said Leung.

The software blade also alerts and educates users when data is at risk -- significantly reducing the number of potential security incidents and preserving limited IT resources. "Our employees often work on multiple cases at one time so it's important to ensure our clients' documents remain confidential at all times," Leung added. "Our solution preemptively protects sensitive data before unintentional loss can occur."

The firm also found a growing need to protect its business from the latest threats and vulnerabilities. It deployed Check Point's IPS and software blades to protect the network against malicious and unwanted network traffic, while blocking or limiting access to social media, personal email, cloud drives and other unsafe Web apps.

"We have a lean IT security team of five members. Being able to centrally manage multiple protections, while enforcing consistent security policies on a global level, has given us a huge boost in security and productivity," said Leung.

Clifford Chance also worked with Dimension Data, Check Point's global gold partner, to select and architect a fully integrated and robust network security solution tailored to fit their business needs. 

 

 

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