ISE® Northeast Forum Recognizes OPAQ Customer for Innovative Security Project

We’re excited to announce that one of our customers has been selected as a nominee for the 2017 ISE® Northeast Project Award. The nomination is based on the security achievements of our customer Sandy Alexander, a midsize marketing communications company that provides an array of services including CG studio services, digital printing, direct mailing, data driven marketing solutions, and retail visual merchandising.

Here’s the background on Sandy Alexander’s security project with OPAQ:

The company, which devotes 20% of its IT budget toward security, had been using a managed security service provider for branch office security management. While using a MSSP was a sensible approach to supplement Sandy Alexander’s small security staff, the benefits were not adding up. Justin Fredericks, the company’s IT director, says he was frustrated with the MSSP’s service quality and response time. He started looking for a new solution that would connect and secure its branch offices and vendors in a way that was less costly and complex, and ultimately more secure.

Sandy Alexander’s internal IT operations have dramatically improved using OPAQ’s centralized, automated security-as-a-service solution.  “My team no longer has to think about what policies are up on one site versus the other, or which IP addresses or VPN tunnels are where,” Fredericks says. “We have complete visibility and the ability to control these policies and rules across the entire environment on one dashboard.” He predicts that the company will save money, over time, compared with the MSSP.

Some details and benefits of the project include:

  •  OPAQ’s solution was layered on top of the company’s IT infrastructure, including several branch offices and sites of its vendors including data centers and manufacturing providers. The integration is deployed over redundant VPN connections. This was accomplished in one day!
  • The OPAQ 360 platform gives the IT department a central portal/dashboard to streamline policy enforcement, view status and alerts, manage threats and monitor all activity across its network.
  • The company is now obtaining complete security coverage over its IT infrastructure from one source: firewalls, intrusion and malware prevention, logging, reporting, analytics, and Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) protection.
  • A distributed, branch office-based approach to security has now been replaced with a centralized system; that means less complexity for IT and better visibility and control over the network and all users.


The Information Security Project of the Year Award Program Series has been running for more than 10 years now, and winners will be announced at the ISE® Northeast Forum and Awards on October 11, 2017 in New York City.