Georgian Bank Selects Mi5 Networks' Webgate Appliance For Gateway Protection

Mi5 Networks' Webgate appliance provides integrated antimalware, URL filtering, and file leakage capabilities

November 15, 2008

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 10, 2008 " Mi5 Networks, the web security gateway company, today announced that Georgian Bank, the second-largest bank headquartered in Atlanta, has selected its Mi5 Webgate appliance to provide gateway protection against web malware, control web usage, and prevent confidential files from leaking out of the network. The multiple web security services provided by the Webgate platform has enabled Georgian Bank to consolidate the number of appliances in its network, while reducing both management costs and capital expenditures. Technology Appliances, a leading reseller of security and systems management solutions, provided support services to Georgian Bank on the selection and deployment of Webgate.

Georgian Bank, chartered in 2001, is the second-largest Atlanta-based bank. It is on the Atlanta Business Chronicle's list of top 100 Atlanta-based private companies. The bank caters to successful entrepreneurs and businesses, providing them with a stable financial institution where they are assured of the safety and sound investment of their money. Although Georgian Bank was already using a URL Filtering point product, it wanted to upgrade to comprehensive web malware protection at its Internet gateway.

"Web malware, spyware, and viruses were a key concern for us given the nature of our business and the sensitive data our customers entrust to us," said Marc McGrath, Chief Information Security Officer for Georgian Bank. "We wanted a gateway solution so we wouldn't have to manage security on individual desktops. The Mi5 Webgate not only meets our demanding web security and URL Filtering requirements, but is also extremely easy to manage. The integration with Active Directory, dashboard view of web threats and activity, and unattended clean-up agent is as close as possible to 'set-and-forget' for a security product."

Unified Web Protection with Low Management Overhead

To prevent malware and spyware from infecting machines when employees browse the web, Georgian Bank wanted to augment its existing URL Filtering solution with a secure web gateway appliance. After a comprehensive evaluation, Georgian Bank selected the Mi5 Webgate for its depth of protection, full suite of security modules, and ease of management. The bank also decided to replace its URL Filtering product and consolidate this function on Webgate. Georgian Bank deployed Mi5 for the following reasons:

  • Centralized Management: Webgate's enterprise dashboard displays infections, severity, and blocked sites by category, frequency, user name, etc., showing as much or as little information as IT administrators need with an intuitive and simple to navigate interface.

    • Comprehensive Reporting: Webgate reports simplify security and compliance management tasks.

    • Unattended Remediation: Webgate's SpyWash agent can automatically clean infected machines without IT intervention.

    • File Leakage Protection: Webgate prevents selected file types from leaving the network to help prevent data loss or theft. This feature has proven to be an unexpected benefit for Georgian Bank.

    • Microsoft Active Directory Integration: Webgate assigns the right security policies without IT involvement to new users added to the network.

      "Georgian Bank, like many organizations, recognized that URL Filtering alone does not provide protection against web malware. However, they did not want to deploy and manage multiple point products in order to protect their network," said Doug Camplejohn, CEO of Mi5 Networks. "Webgate provides organizations the flexibility to deploy as many, or as few, web security capabilities as they need to protect their networks. The modular design of our platform allows customers like Georgian Bank to meet their current and future needs, and to consolidate the number of security products in their infrastructure."

      About Mi5 Webgate appliances

      Mi5 Webgate appliances control user access to web sites and applications, while it detects, intercepts, and blocks Web threats including malicious URLs, active content, spyware, botnets and viruses that users encounter while conducting business through the Internet. Webgate pinpoints and shuts down botnets if they are brought onto the network by mobile workers and can perform automated clean up of infected machines. The Webgate platform performs continuous bi-directional inspection of web traffic on all ports and protocols at Gigabit speeds without imposing user discernible slowdowns. Webgate also provides comprehensive reporting for security, policy enforcement, and audit compliance.

      About Mi5 Networks

      Mi5 Networks enables organizations to defend their web perimeter, and eliminate lost employee productivity, PC clean-up costs, and data theft associated with undetected malware. The company's Webgate web security appliances protect organizations against web-based threats, including malicious URLs, spyware, crimeware, botnets and viruses, while providing control over web and application use. Mi5 Networks was positioned by Gartner Inc. in the visionaries quadrant of the Secure Web Gateway Magic Quadrant report for 2007 and 2008, and was named Innovator of the Year by SC Magazine. Mi5 Networks is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit:

      About Georgian Bank

      Georgian Bank is the second-largest Atlanta-based bank with more than $2 billion in assets. It has been named repeatedly the fastest growing de novo bank chartered nationwide since 2001 and one of the top 10 fastest growing private companies in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Recently, Georgian Bank leapt onto the Atlanta Business Chronicle's list of top 100 private companies, coming in at 83. Georgian Bank serves local businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals through its five banking offices conveniently located in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Cumberland, Gwinnett, and Powder Springs. For more information please visit

      About Technology Appliances

      Technology Appliances, Atlanta, GA, is a leading provider of systems management, systems deployment and security solutions to customers throughout the United States. The company focuses on appliance based solutions that are comprehensive in addressing a problem set, prove easy-to-use, require minimal implementation and training and are affordable to companies of all sizes. For more information, please visit or call 800-391-8007.

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