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Associated Foreign Exchange, Inc. Case Study

Associated Foreign Exchange, Inc. (AFEX®) offers a comprehensive range of international payment and foreign exchange services, including foreign currency drafts, wire transfers, risk management tools and designated corporate account managers. AFEX is the fastest growing top-tier independent commercial foreign exchange provider in each of the markets in which it operates.
The Organization Associated Foreign Exchange 16133 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 900 Encino, CA 91436 The Challenge n Protecting the network from increased threats n Controlling network bottlenecks from video downloads n Compliance with regulatory mandates n Reducing complexity and limitations on security features The SonicWALL Solution n SonicWALL NSA E6500 n SonicWALL NSA E5500 n SonicWALL Aventail SRA EX7000 n SonicWALL CDP 6080 n SonicWALL Global Management System The Results n Secure network optimization n Drill-down visibility n Increased productivity n Regulatory compliance The SonicWALL Benefits n Application Intelligence and Control with real-time Visualization n Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection n Content filtering, intrusion prevention, and comprehensive malware protection

The challenge: securely optimizing the network amid rapid business expansion Since 2003, the global company has grown rapidly, with a ten-fold increase in its United Kingdom business, expansion to the East Coast of the United States, and new operations in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. Further expansion into Asia and Europe is planned for the coming months. “Our main business concern is protection from threats,” said Jaime Bolanos, IT manager at AFEX. “The volume of threats is growing all the time.” Previously, AFEX had used Cisco® PIX® firewalls, but found they were ineffective for their needs. “It was more difficult to work with Cisco,” Bolanos divulged. “The content filtering was more cumbersome, and did not include all the features we wanted. We lacked in-depth visibility into our network.” The company’s salespeople rely on voice and data over the Internet to communicate with prospects and clients around the clock. “We’re trying to save money using the network more effectively,” asserted Bolanos. “If the Internet is slow, employees can’t do their jobs, and that affects their productivity and our business. We needed to optimize our traffic in better ways.” AFEX also must maintain compliance with regulatory mandates. “Different locations have different licensing requirements and regulations,” said Bolanos. “We’re required by the regulators to have the best possible product in the market.” Additionally, video downloads created network bottlenecks and affected throughput. “Some employees were downloading non-work related videos which impacted the company’s bandwidth and efficiency of all employees,” reported Bolanos. “It is mission-critical for us to have full visibility into our application traffic and understand how bandwidth is being used.” Bolanos required a solution that would increase security and visibility, and reduce complexity in the AFEX environment. The solution: SonicWALL E-Class NSA, GMS, Aventail Secure Remote Access and CDP Today, AFEX has implemented a comprehensive SonicWALL® solution by utilizing multiple product lines. AFEX has deployed four SonicWALL E-Class Network Security Appliance (NSA) E6500, four NSA E5500 and 12 NSA 2400 Next-Generation Firewalls. The NSA Series provides AFEX

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