Handing over control
Weighing it up
Nintendo plays the security game
Queensland company saves with security
Keeping costs down and attracting qualified security staff were problems for Nintendo Australia. When it received a directive from head office in Japan to start analysing the logs from their CheckPoint firewall or a possible replacement Netscreen appliance, Nintendo Australia IT manager Peter Stroud was concerned by the expense of the project, even though he could see it was a good step.
"We thought it was kind of like shutting the gate after the horse had bolted -- we were going to have to spend a lot of money but we would only have the information analysed a week after any violation," Stroud says. "We thought if we were going to spend the money on expensive software we would also look around to see if we could find something that did intrusion detection and prevention, which lead to us deciding we may as well outsource the whole thing."
Price-wise, Nintendo looked at a variety of options and the most expensive quote was AU$30,000 for the installation of equipment only, and another AU$30,000 a year on top of this for the 24x7 maintenance and support of that, which is too much for the small company of only 60 local staff.
The gaming company ended up going with Network Box, an MSSP specialising in complete managed security. "We chose the Network Box because, for about AU$1200 to AU$1500 a month we were able to get our security at half the cost. We can restrict site access for staff, we have no hidden costs, we have 24x7 support," says Stroud.
"Responsiveness was our main concern. It did not take us long to realise that [Network Box] could actually do the job much faster than we could. The only negative aspect is that we really do not know what is going on within the box. We had been attacked by a hacker who was using our bandwidth before, but since going on to managed security we have had no attacks at all."