Multi-Location Client with Outdated, Vulnerable IT Infrastructure – Case Study

Client Industry = Healthcare/Medical

Number of Client Locations = 3 locations (80 end users)

The Client’s IT Challenge:

After completing a complimentary network audit, we discovered firewall security risks in all three client-location networks, each running on older equipment. Because each location had its own unique network domain, PC and Account management/maintenance was inefficient and time consuming. Many staff members had to juggle multiple user accounts—one per different network domain actively used, and also made changing Passwords exceptionally problematic.

Additionally, with minimal backups in place, if the remote server failed, the network structure would be wiped out. Upon review of file shares and system permissions, Lerepco found other security risks, including PC audits that revealed a lack of consistent anti-virus protection.

How The Lerepco Group Met This Challenge:

Lerepco’s first step was to secure the client’s perimeter network from external attacks. We used SonicWall UTM Firewall devices and SonicWall Gateway Security Services to configure and implement:

  • Intrusion prevention/detection services
  • Geo-IP filtering services
  • Anti-virus and anti-malware services
  • Web-filtering services

Next, to secure the client’s internal network and data, we installed layers of centrally-managed software for all PCs and servers, including:

  • Kaspersky Labs anti-virus
  • Malwarebytes Professional anti-malware

This flurry of protective devices and services created a much stronger security system, one that could now alert Lerepco to real-time risks from end-user Internet access and/or email activity.

  • To mitigate our client’s network/server vulnerabilities, we replaced/updated each location’s server and configured ONE network domain for all 3 sites.
  • Additional benefits of the sole network domain: streamlined security and administrative measures—established security groups/roles and uniform share permissions, and centralized PC/user management.