Alaska CU Deploys New Software to Meet Internal Growth, External Demands
Keith Bennett and his team knew something had to change when their security information event management appliance would time out before running a requested report.
"Over the past few years, Denali Alaskan has undergone a large branch expansion and we found we had outgrown the capabilities of our existing system," said the vice president of information technology at the $440 million Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union in Anchorage.
"What used to take 30 minutes to an hour we can now do in minutes," said Travis Rupp, security lead at the 57,000-member Denali Alaskan. The prior appliance also would reach its operational capacity while only monitoring about 40% of the credit union's network devices.
The new system does more than just log events across all devices, it added capabilities that Bennett and Rupp were looking for as they sought to expand their current intrusion prevention system and mine network data for information that could lead to increased efficiency in general.
That was the case at Denali Alaskan, which went live with AccelOps in June, running it on a virtual server with VMWare. Hardware appliance and managed host versions are available, too, but Bennett said they decided to go with the virtual device to take advantage of technology it already had in place.
"Generally speaking, it was operational very quickly and has a very logical Web GUI. Since it has rules, report templates and dashboards built in, we saw useful output almost immediately," Bennett said.