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Case Study: Lower Austria Firefighters

Fighting cyber fires with Cisco Firepower firewalls

Protecting the private data of nearly 300,000 firefighters is not easy. To do it the right way, the Lower Austria Firefighters Administration (Landesfeuerwehr Niederösterreich) decided to upgrade its entire firewall ecosystem, and chose Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewalls.

Summary

Challenges

  • No single point of administration for firewalls.
  • No next-generation features like advanced malware protection and intrusion prevention.
  • No deep insight into what was happening on the network.

Solutions

Results

  • Achieved increased visibility immediately after deployment, helping to find and block existing malware infections in their network.
  • Used advanced malware protection to stop zero-day attacks at the edge of the network.
  • Saved time on configuration with Firepower Management Center as a single point of administration, and daily tasks became easier.

Protecting the protectors

"Our main job is firefighting. We have to protect people. But we also have to protect people's data. With the new [Cisco] Next Generation Firewall, we are able to protect them."

Sebastien Spanninger, Head of Department, IT Technology, Lower Austria Firefighters

Who is Lower Austria Firefighter Administration?

Industry: Government
Location: Austria
Size: 300,000