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Zim Integrated Shipping Services Enhances Security and Connectivity with SSL VPN

Technology Category
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Application Security
  • Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
Applicable Industries
  • National Security & Defense
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
Use Cases
  • Inventory Management
  • Tamper Detection
Services
  • System Integration
About The Customer
Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is a leading global container-shipping company, offering transportation services along most major international trading routes. The company operates an intermodal system that combines sea, land, and air transportation, enabling it to provide fast, reliable, frequent, and complete door-to-door services around the world. From its corporate headquarters in Haifa, Israel, Zim manages a workforce of over 3,000 employees spread across approximately 200 sites worldwide. The company's operations are supported by three regional data centers in Haifa, Hong Kong, and Norfolk, Va.
The Challenge
Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., one of the largest container-shipping companies in the world, faced a significant challenge in maintaining information security while providing high-performance network access to its globally dispersed workforce. With over 3,000 employees spread across approximately 200 sites worldwide, the company needed a solution that could ensure secure access to network resources, even from less reputable sites. The company's operations were supported by three regional data centers in Haifa, Hong Kong, and Norfolk, Va., and its remote users utilized a variety of network services, including FTP, email synchronization, and remote desktop via Citrix. The geographical dispersion of the company's operations added another layer of complexity, as Zim needed a centralized view of its security solution across its widespread gateways.
The Solution
To address these challenges, Zim turned to Check Point's Connectra Web security gateway. This solution offered integrated endpoint and application security, providing a holistic approach to web security that many other SSL VPN solutions lacked. Connectra's built-in endpoint security allowed for secure access in diverse remote-access environments, while its integrated Application Intelligence and Web Intelligence technologies provided protection against executable scripts and command injections. The solution also supported any IP-based application, allowing users to access information resources through a web browser and tunnel non-web client/server applications on the web without needing to run client software. After a successful pilot implementation, Zim deployed Connectra globally, with the help of security solution reseller 2Bsecure. The solution's seamless integration with Zim's existing Check Point management solutions was an added bonus.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of Check Point's Connectra Web security gateway has significantly enhanced Zim's network security and connectivity. The solution's integrated endpoint and application security has provided a holistic approach to web security, ensuring secure access in diverse remote-access environments. Its support for any IP-based application has allowed users to access information resources through a web browser, solving both bandwidth and security problems. The solution's seamless integration with Zim's existing Check Point management solutions has also been a major advantage, enabling centralized management of the company's globally dispersed gateways. Looking ahead, Zim plans to continue working with Check Point to address emerging security threats, with spyware being one of the next priorities to tackle.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Enabled remote and traveling employees to securely access information
  • Relieved network capacity constraints on leased lines
  • Supported native client/server applications in SSL VPN

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