Jackson-Stops & Staff are specialists in prime residential property with a national network of over 40 offices.
Towards the end of 2015, the largest consortium of Jackson Stops & Staff began a review of their security systems. The existing hardware solution had been in place for over 5 years and the leadership agreed that a more robust solution was required to address today’s security threats.
With a distributed network, spanning over 13 regional sites within London and South East, and a user base that frequently roams throughout the organisation, security, uptime and resilience were key requirements.
In the run up to 2016, Jackson-Stops & Staff migrated a number of Line of Business applications out to the Cloud.
This change of business process and how users access applications placed considerable strain on the throughput capabilities of the existing firewalls.
These ageing units were not able to manage, control and secure the growing number of users and traffic that was being generated by them
In addition to this, a number of intrusion attempts to the corporate network highlighted its vulnerability, and the inability of the existing firewalls to provide the level of continuous protection required.
Urban Network proposed an integrated security solution, powered by Sophos, a Magic Quadrant Leader at Gartner for Unified Threat Management. The solution protects customer’s network using multi-layered proven protection technologies including Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), IPS, VPN, email and web filtering.
We experienced no disruption to our daily operations, Urban Network kept us up to date throughout the process; we always knew what was happening and when it was going to happen. Now the project is complete, we are confident that we have better levels of security and greater visibility of the network.
The solution has allowed for the Jackson-Stops & Staff to provide resilience into each site with multiple routes available, keeping productivity of their teams at optimum levels.