Case Study: Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU®)
AAFCU® Upgrades Endpoint and IoT Security
“At Air Academy Federal Credit Union, we’re not satisfied with simply ’checking the box’ with our security strategy. With Great Bay in place, we feel strongly that we are obliterating the box.”
Jeremy Taylor, Network Manager
- $420 million in assets
- Regulated by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
- Serves employees and students of 10 school districts and over 250 Select Employee Groups (SEG) and their family members
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS
- Achieved real-time visibility into 100% of devices across 10 locations, including 2 remote data centers
- Regularly exceeds compliance requirements for the National Credit Union Association’s semi-annual audits
- Over 5,000 endpoints detected, profiled, monitored and secured
Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU®), headquartered in Colorado, provides comprehensive financial products and services in all 50 states and overseas. With $420 million in assets, it has been member-owned since 1955.
With the charter of enhancing and protecting member finances, the credit union’s top priority is to ensure the safety and security of client information. For this reason, AAFCU® sought the expertise of Great Bay Software when it was time to upgrade their existing endpoint and network security solution.
The credit union is continually looking for state-of-the art security technologies, especially as the cyberthreat landscape is increasing in size and is becoming more complex. The financial institution’s goal was to become more proactive in detecting, profiling and identifying 100% of network-attached endpoints, including smart and unmanaged devices, and even those that do not hold a software supplicant. Additionally, prior to selecting Great Bay Software, AAFCU® was using a “sticky MAC address filtering” method. However, this method posed a primary challenge to achieving complete visibility because it was unable to detect when an unauthorized device joined the network. The Great Bay Network Intelligence Platform™ stood out as the optimal solution.
Network Manager, Jeremy Taylor states, “During our evaluation, we gave several Network Access Control (NAC) vendors a look, but there was no equal in the industry to the behavioral endpoint-level reporting that Great Bay Software delivers across all users and non-user devices.”
With the Great Bay Network Intelligence Platform™, AAFCU® was able to detect, profile, monitor and secure over 5,000 endpoints across the entire network, enabling the credit union to exceed its semi- annual compliance requirements from the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) and to locate and secure endpoints across ten locations, including two remote data centers.
“We wouldn’t be able to have an 802.1X secured environment without this tool.”
Chris Dozois, Manager of IT Network and Security Infrastructure
“Great Bay’s agentless approach lets us automate the security of all devices, including the more than 70% of all network devices that don’t support the installation of an agent. It’s reassuring knowing that we have the most comprehensive, real-time monitoring in place to stave off attacks and prevent security breaches before they happen.”
Director of IT
“During our evaluation we gave several vendors a look, but there was no equal in the industry to the behavior endpoint level reporting that Great Bay Software delivers across all user and non-user devices.”
Jeremy Taylor, Network Manager
“Great Bay is a key, foundational component in our secure network infrastructure.”
Aaron Green, Senior Network Specialist