Aloha Petroleum Revamps Network Security System

Selects SonicWALL for increased protection against malware, viruses, other threats

HONOLULU -- Aloha Petroleum, the largest independently owned retail gasoline marketer and convenience store operator in Hawaii, has standardized on SonicWALL Inc.'s network security infrastructure for its corporate network. In a strategic move to better protect the company against malware, viruses and other threats, Aloha Petroleum replaced its previous system with SonicWALL's line of network security and data protection solutions.

"We needed a state-of-the-art security infrastructure that can be centrally managed to eliminate intruders from accessing our networks or crossing [image-nocss] the gateways," said Dwight Mascowe, IT support specialist at Aloha Petroleum, Honolulu. "The ease of use and sophistication of systems are outstanding and can easily be scaled to grow with our network and IT infrastructure."

Aloha Petroleum supports more than 30 Aloha Island Marts and company stores, more than 50 fueling locations, two fuel storage terminals and a fleet of fuel transport vehicles. With nearly 400 employees accessing the computer systems from all across the state, Aloha Petroleum had previously protected its corporate network with a system that was not able to trap viruses and provide A/V protection at levels required by Aloha Petroleum. License management was also problematic. If the company ran out of licenses, the previous solution required the user to reboot its firewall thereby causing lost internet connectivity and prevented access to the system by both users or management. Troubleshooting issues such as these became an expanding challenge.

SonicWALL now serves as the gateway that protects both Aloha Petroleum's main office and its remote sites. With the help of its partner, Technology Integration Group (TIG), Aloha Petroleum has deployed most of the SonicWALL family of products, including: Advanced, multi-layer network security: Aloha Petroleum has deployed SonicWALL's TZ 200 network security system to better protect the corporate network against risks such as viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing attacks, emerging threats and Internet misuse. Secure, remote access: Aloha Petroleum has installed SonicWALL's TZ 210s at the marts and fueling locations for remote access to corporate documents, e-mail and the intranet, as well as fuel orders and delivery that utilizes web-based applications
Improved firewall and web usage control: SonicWALL's 3500 Network Security Appliance (NSA) has been deployed for improved firewall protection, to control web usage and to provide a content filter that blocks porn, MySpace, Facebook and other social media sites. Strengthened PCI Compliance: Using Cisco 1811 on the POS network, Aloha also leveraged SonicWALL advanced standards for PoS protection, allowing them to stay in compliance with PCI standards. The company was able to easily configure the DMZ on SonicWALL, providing Aloha Petroleum an additional layer of security for its internal network, something the IT department was never able to manage using the previosu solution. "The biggest benefits we have seen since deploying SonicWALL's systems are ease of use, significantly decreased down time and improved control of our e-mail security. The SonicWALL TZ 200 blocks at least 12,000 viruses or spam emails a day, and our employees like the fact that they can review all e-mail addresses without having them blocked outright or having good addresses junked. In addition, the daily reports alert us on bandwidth allocation and allow us to see at what times internet usage is peaking and which websites are accessed the most," said Mascowe.

San Jose, Calif.-based SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve. Its solutions are designed to detect and control applications and protect networks from intrusions and malware attacks through hardware, software and virtual appliance-based solutions.