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SYSTEM SECURITY Going to Bat for Network Security add bandwidth, Greenley says. We were running short on band- width before and that meant the system was starting to slow down, he says. This has increased our speed without System allows Casey's General Stores requiring any additional investment in W to monitor, regulate activity bandwidth capacity. Doing that meant blocking out mes- sages from computer programs that may not pose a security threat, but are BY LAURI GIESEN not a necessary part of conducting busi- ness either. We expected the system hen Casey's General Stores installed a new network security would monitor inbound communica- system last year, the convenience store chain expected that it tions and block out things like spam, but would prevent worms and viruses from infiltrating its computer this also monitors outbound messages n e t w o r k and guard against hackers trying to gain access to and blocks the ones that serve no pur- data. But the chain got a lot more than it had anticipated. The system pose, he says. 80% catches An example of the latter I expected that the system would Before, we would get no- benefit is that the system monitor incoming security threats and tices that there were new c a n prevent employees block out potential problems, which it viruses out there and we from watching videos or of all potential net connection. They're did, says Dan Greenley, director of in- might have to wait 10 to 20 downloading music formation system for Ankeny, Iowa- hours to get a patch to stop through their office Inter- viruses before not allowed because we based Casey's, which operates more the viruses from getting into they are even than 1,400 c-stores in nine midwestern our system, Greenley says. officially states. But we also got a system that This system has rules writ- don't want that going on recognized. gave us way more capabilities than we ten into it that identify most at work and they take up a expected. It has more than exceeded our viruses before we even get a lot of bandwidth, Green- initial requirements. n o t i c e that tells us that ley says. Monitor or block What Portsmouth, N.H.-based Ni- they're out there. I'd say it troSecurity provided is a system that catches 80 percent of all the potential Additionally, the system allows the protects Casey's network while blocking viruses before they are even officially company to monitor what type of com- meddlesome activity that, while not recognized. munication is coming in and out of the threatening in nature, requires a good There are times now we'll get a no- network. It can be programmed, for ex- deal of bandwidth. And the security sys- tice to keep an eye out for the latest virus ample, to track which employees are tem is able to give the corporation a and we'll check our system and find out sending Excel spreadsheets out at 2 clear picture of how its network is being that the system had already detected and a.m., he says. utilized by its systems. blocked a lot of attempted intrusions, The key is monitoring activity, not just Indeed, Greenley says he is still learn- he says. blocking it. You can set rules as to what ing about the capabilities of the system The next biggest advantage to the sys- a year after it was installed. There are you want to block and what you want tem is that it is also blocking traffic that to monitor, Greenley says. still features on this thing that I have not is not central to the business. Casey's has The NitroView Enterprise Security u s e d yet, he says, and they keep been able to write rules into the system Manager and NitroGuard Intrusion a d d i n g more w i t h about what should be This has Prevention System were designed for every update. running over its net- increased our speed corporations that, in addition to typical Still, Greenley says w o r k and what without requiring network protections, also require help t h e biggest advan- s h o u l d not, thus in preventing attacks related to denial of tage is that the sys- blocking unnecessary any additional service, port scanning, spyware and ad- tem blocks intrusion communications. investment in ware, says Frank Hayes, vice president a t t e m p t s and the This has dramatically bandwidth capacity. work segments and protect their networks had to purchase of marketing for NitroSecurity. viruses and worms increased the speed In the past, corporations seeking to that can shut down on some of the net- or play havoc with Dan Greenley, Casey's and patch together a series of complex the computer system. reduced the need to S TO R E S / SEPTEMBER 2006 87 W W W. S TO R E S . O R G http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stores - September 2006

Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
NRF News
Retail People
Cover Story: Sights Set on the Subcontinent
Data Management
In-Store Applications
Real Estate
Human Resources
POS Systems
System Security
Asset Management
In-Store Promotion
Call Centers
Order Fulfillment
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
Workplace Law
Advertisers Index
Company Index
Retail Profit Scoreboard
Retail Industry Calendar

Stores - September 2006